How Long Do Things in a Home Last?

1) rangeWhen you decide to buy a home, it is important to have a general idea of how long things in the home will last. You will want to find out the age of appliances, materials, etc. to determine a future budget and timeline for possible maintenance and replacement.



3) RoofA great idea for buyers to consider when purchasing a home is to ask the seller to include a home warranty (or this can be purchased on its own if the seller will not pay for one). A home warranty costs usually between $35-450/year and covers things such as all major appliances, electrical wiring, plumbing, HVAC, water heater, pool and spa, etc.


During your home inspection, the inspector can give you a good idea of the age of important items. Here is a list of the general life expectancy for such important items:



  • Gas   (20 years)
  • Electric   (17 years)


  • Cast Iron   (50 years)
  • Fiberglass   (20-25 years)

Water Heater

  • Electric   (15 years)
  • Gas   (11-15 years)


  • Vinyl    (50 years)
  • Aluminum   (20-50 years)
  • Wood   (10-100 years)


  • Asphalt   (15-30 years)
  • Wood shingles and shake   (10-15 years)
  • Metal, slate and tile   (50-100 years)
  • Rolled   (5-15 years)
  • Tar and gravel   (10-20 years)


  • Enamel steel   (8-10 years)
  • Enamel cast iron or porcelain   (25-30 years)

Counter Top

  • Laminate   (10-15 years)
  • Ceramic tile   (Lifetime)
  • Granite    (Lifetime)


  • Interior wall and trim   (5-10 years)
  • Exterior   (7-10 years)


  • Galvanized   (30 years)
  • Plastic   (15 years)

Swimming Pool   (20-30 years) much longer with regular maintenance

Trash Compactor   (8-15 years)

Wallpaper   (7 years)

Carpet   (11 years)

Brick, Stone Wall   (100 years)

Gravel Walk   (5 years)

Concrete Walk   (24 years)

Drywall   (30-75 years)

Microwave   (11 years)

Wood Deck   (15-20 years)

Dishwasher   (10-15 years)

Garbage Disposal   (5-15 years)

Exterior door   (50-100 years)

Garage door opener   (10-15 years)

Cooper wiring   (100 years)