TIP SHEET - Component & Appliance Life Expectancy

Originally Posted By: jbowman
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Compactor - 10 years.
Dishwasher - 10 years.
Garbage Disposer - 10 years.
Dryer - 10 years.
Freezer (compact) - 12 years.
Freezer (standard) - 16 years.
Microwave Oven - 11 years.
Range (freestanding and built-in, electric) - 17 years.
Range (freestanding and built-in, gas) - 19 years.
Range (high oven, gas) - 14 years.
Refrigerator (compact) - 14 years.
Refrigerator (standard) - 17 years.
Washer (automatic and compact) - 13 years.
Exhaust Fans - 20 years.

BATHROOM FIXTURES

Cast Iron bathtub - 50 years.
Fiberglass bathtub and shower - 10-15 years.
Shower door (average quality) - 25 years.
Toilet - 50 years.

CABINETS

Kitchen cabinets - 15-20 years.
Medicine cabinet/bath vanity - 20 years.

COUNTERTOPS

Laminate - 10-15 years.
Ceramic tile (high grade installation) - Lifetime.
Wood/butcher block - 20+ years.
Granite - 20+ years.

DOORS

Screen - 25 - 50 years.
Interior (not perfect hollow core) - <30 years to life.
Interior (solid core) - 30 years to life.
Exterior (protected overhang) - 80-100 years.
Exterior (unprotected and exposed) - 25-30 years.
Folding - 30 years to life.
Garage door - 20 - 50 years.
Garage door opener - 10 years.

FINISHES (Used for waterproofing)

Paint, plaster and stucco - 3-5 years.
Sealer, silicone, and waxes - 1-5 years.

FLOORS

Oak or pine - Lifetime
Slate flagstone - Lifetime
Vinyl sheet or tile - minimum
Terrazzo - Lifetime
Carpeting - 11 years
Marble - Lifetime

FOOTINGS & FOUNDATIONS

Poured footing & foundation - 200 years.
Concrete block - 100 years.
Cement - 50 years.
Waterproofing (bituminous coating) - 10 years.
Termite proofing - 5 years.

HEATING, VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING

Air conditioning unit (central) - 15 years.
Air conditioning unit (window) - 10 years.
Baseboard heat units - 20 years.
Humidifier - 8 years.
Water Heater (electric) - 14 years.
Water Heater (gas) - 11 - 13 years.
Forced air furnace, heat pump - 15 years.
Furnace, gas or oil fired - 18 years.

HOME SECURITY APPLIANCES

Intrusion system - 14 years.
Smoke Detector - 12 years.
Smoke/fire/intrusion system - 10 years.

LANDSCAPING

Wooden deck - 15 years.
Brick and concrete patio - 24 years.
Tennis court - 10 years.
Concrete walk - 24 years.
Gravel walk - 4 years.
Asphalt driveway - 10 years.
Swimming pool - 18 years.
Sprinkler system - 12 years.
Fence - 12 years.

PAINTS & STAINS

Exterior paint on wood, brick and aluminum - 7-10 years.
Interior wall paint - 5-10 years.
Interior trim and door paint - 5-10 years.
Interior wallpaper - 7 years.

PLUMBING

Faucets (low quality) - 13-15 years.
Faucets (high quality) 15-20 years.
Sinks (enamel steel sink) - 5-10 years.
Sinks (enamel cast iron sink) - 25-30 years.
Sinks (Porcelain sink) - 25-30 years.
Waste pipe (concrete) - 50-100 years.
Waste pipe (cast iron) - 75-100 years.

ROOFING

Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes - 15-30 years.
Asphalt composition shingle - 15-30 years.
Asphalt overlag - 25-35 years.
Built-up roofing (asphalt) - 12-25 years.
Built-up roofing (coat and tar) - 12-30 years.
Gutters and downspouts - 30 years.
Slate - 50-100 years.
Sheet metal - 20-50 years.
Tile - 50 years.

SIDING

Aluminum Siding - 20-50 years.
Steel Siding - 50 years to Life.
Vinyl Siding - 50 years.
Wood Siding - 10 - 100 years.

WINDOWS

Aluminum casement - 10-20 years.
Screens - 25 - 50 years.
Window glazing - 20 years.
Wood casement - 20-50 years.


Originally Posted By: jhagarty
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Great post.


Thanks John


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Joseph Hagarty

HouseMaster / Main Line, PA
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Phone: 610-399-9864
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HouseMaster. Home inspections. Done right.

Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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That has been a part of my report for years!!


Originally Posted By: cmccann
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Had a client the other day demand that I state in my report that the gas water heater needed to be replaced do to being past it’s “life expectancy”. I tried to explain that all indications were that the heater was working and they needed to budget for future replacement, but because the water heater was 15 years old they wanted the seller to replace it. They actually walked from the deal as a result. This chart can be tricky when dealing with anal clients, just be careful.



NACHI MAB!

Originally Posted By: jsmith10
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Thanks for the post John. Great info to share.


Providing this info to clients is extremely helpful.

I have done it with my own experiences and ideas and I'm glad to see them confirmed and to learn the ones I didn't know.

Your one of the reasons making NACHI the best choice for inspectors.

I'd like to add this link to the 2004 publication.

http://www.buildingonline.com/news/viewnews.pl?id=2894


Thanks again,


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Joe,
Vice-President, Idaho Chapter,
www.NachiIdaho.org

Inspected as though my family are to live or work there.

http://www.Treasurevalleyinspections.com

Originally Posted By: tallen
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Thank you John.


Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Very much appreciated John.



David Valley


MAB Member


Massachusetts Certified Home Inspections
http://www.masscertified.com

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: lkage
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Hmmm…I gotta get around this board more.


Good info, thanks.


Originally Posted By: jburkeson
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bwiley wrote:
That has been a part of my report for years!!


It is on the back of my business card!
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Hopefully it is a reason for someone not to file it in the circular file folder. ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)


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Joseph Burkeson, RPI (Hooperette)

?Anyone who has proclaimed violence his method inexorably must choose lying as his principle.?
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Originally Posted By: wwarner
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Great idea Joe!


Thanks for the tip sheets John!


--
Bill

It's only Rock 'n Roll.... but I like it!