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How Long Will That Last Before I Need to Budget to Fix It?

Thursday, September 14, 2023   /   by Viktor Boraczuk

How Long Will That Last Before I Need to Budget to Fix It?

Hey there, future homeowners!

If you're getting ready to buy a home or are already a proud homeowner, you might be wondering how long those appliances and systems in your home will last before they need some TLC. After all, budgeting for home maintenance is a crucial part of responsible homeownership.

Let me give you a general guide to help you understand the typical life expectancy of various components in your home, from your trusty appliances to major systems like plumbing and heating. Keep in mind that while we have these estimates, there are always factors like brands, styles, and wear and tear that can influence the actual lifespan of these components.

Appliances Life Expectancy

  • Gas Stove: 10-18 Years
  • Electric Stove: 14-18 Years
  • Washing Machine: 7-15 Years
  • Dryer: 13-15 Years
  • Refrigerator: 9-15 Years
  • Dishwasher: 9-11 Years
  • Microwave/Range: 9-14 Years
  • Chest Freezer: 15-25 Years

Regular maintenance can work wonders in extending the lifespan of your appliances to the max.

Exterior Life Expectancy

  • Asphalt Shingles: 15-25 Years
  • Wood Shingles: 25-35 Years
  • Clay Shingles: 80+ Years
  • Vinyl Windows: 15-20 Years
  • Wood Windows: 15-20 Years
  • Skylight Window: 10-20 Years
  • Fiber Glass Door: 100+ Years
  • Wood Door: 30+ Years
  • Stucco Siding: 80+ Years
  • Vinyl/Hardie Siding: 60+ Years

Mechanical Life Expectancy

  • Ducting: 70+ Years
  • Gas Furnace: 20-30 Years
  • Air Conditioner: 15-20 Years
  • Water Softener: 10-20 Years
  • Electrical Panel: 60+ Years
  • Hot Water Tank: 10-20 Years
  • Instant Hot Water: 10-12 Years
  • Plumbing Lines: 80-100 Years (but be cautious of Poly-B water distribution in 1990s homes)

Flooring Life Expectancy

  • Solid Wood: 80+ Years
  • Slate: 100+ Years
  • Tile Flooring: 80+ Years
  • Engineered Hardwood: 40+ Years
  • Carpet: 10-20 Years
  • Base Laminate: 10-15 Years
  • LVP Flooring: 30+ Years
  • Vinyl Peel: 25+ Years

Keep in mind that this timeline reflects the structural integrity of the flooring, not necessarily its cosmetic appearance. Hardwood flooring, for example, can often be sanded and refinished.

Extras Life Expectancy

  • Garage Door: 25-35 Years
  • Garage Opener: 15+ Years
  • Traditional Wood Deck: 15-20 Years
  • Composite Deck: 30+ Years
  • Concrete Foundation: 90+ Years
  • Toilets & Sinks: 100+ Years (if not cracked)
  • Faucet/Water Fixtures: 15-20 Years
  • Fiberglass Tub/Shower: 25+ Years

Now, here's the bottom line: This report isn't a guarantee or warranty. It's a useful starting point to help you make informed decisions. Things can and will break; components and appliances can and will stop functioning, sometimes earlier or later than their estimated lifespan. These estimates are influenced by many factors, but they're not an exact science. Progress and upgrades can always tip the scales one way or the other.

So, as you embark on your homeownership journey, keep this information in your back pocket. It's a valuable tool for budgeting and planning, but remember that your home is unique, and its maintenance needs may surprise you from time to time. If you ever have questions or need guidance, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help you navigate the exciting world of homeownership!

Viktor Boraczuk - REAL Broker

Real Broker
Viktor Boraczuk
7015 Macleod Trail SW #210
Calgary, AB T2H 2K6
403-809-2903

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