The Life Expectancy of Your Home

Every component of your home has a lifespan. Common questions asked by homeowners include when to replace the flooring or how long to expect their siding to last. This information can help when budgeting for improvements or deciding between repairing and replacing when the time comes. We’re all familiar with the cliché: They just don’t build things like they used to. And while this may be true when it comes to brick siding or slate roofing, lifespans of other household components have increased in recent years. Here are the life expectancies of the most common household items (courtesy of NAHB):

 

Appliances: Among major appliances, gas ranges have a longer life expectancy than things like dishwashers and microwaves.

Appliance Life Expectancy
 Oil-burning Furnace  20 years
 Heat Pump  16 years
 Gas Range  15 years
 Electric range / Refrigerator / Dryer  13 years
 Electric / Gas Water Heater  10 years
 Garbage disposal  10 years
 Dishwasher / Microwave / Mini Fridge   9 years

 

Kitchen & Bath: When choosing your countertops, factor in the life expectancies of different materials.

Kitchen / Bath Item Life Expectancy
 Wood / Tile / Natural Stone Countertops  Lifetime
 Toilets (parts will require maintenance)  50+ years
 Stainless steel sink  30+ years
 Bathroom faucet  20+ years
 Cultured marble countertops  20 years
 Kitchen faucet  15 years

 

Flooring: If you’re looking for longevity, wood floors are the way to go. Certain rooms in your home will be better suited for carpeting, but you can expect they’ll need replacing within a decade.

Flooring Material Life Expectancy
 Wood / Bamboo  Lifetime
 Brick Pavers / Granite / Marble / Slate  100+ years
 Linoleum  25 years
 Carpet  8 – 10 years

 

Siding & Roofing: When choosing roofing and siding for your home, climate and maintenance level factor into the life expectancy of the material. However, brick siding and slate roofing are known to be dependable for decades.

Siding / Roofing Material  Life Expectancy
 Brick Siding  100+ years
 Aluminum Siding  80 years
 Slate / Tile Roofing  50+ years
 Wood Shingles  30 years
 Wood Siding  10 – 100 years (depending on climate)

 

Are extended warranties warranted?

Extended warranties, also known as service contracts or service agreements, are sold for all types of household items from appliances to electronics. They cover service calls and repairs for a specified time beyond the manufacturer’s standard warranty.

You will have to consider whether the cost is worth it to you. For some, it brings a much-needed peace of mind when making such a large purchase. Also consider if the cost outweighs the value of the item. In some cases, it may be less expensive to replace a broken appliance than to pay for insurance or a warranty.

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am
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Vintage Ranch In A Quiet Neighborhood

Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And An Enclosed Porch!

Vintage ranch-style brick home in desirable at the Landings neighborhood. Quiet street. Mature landscaping, fenced backyard, sprinkler system & central air conditioning. Open floor plan with main floor master, bright kitchen & finished basement with wet bar. Basement also has a full bath & 2 bedrooms. Back yard with patio and enclosed porch. Homeowner’s association includes neighborhood pool access. This home is ready for your personal touch!

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/76328999 or call Kyle Basnar at (970) 460-3033.

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 10:59 am
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Featuring 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms And A 3-Car Garage!

An ideal location, south of Scheels, near the I-25 / 34 interchange and Loveland Centerra. Enjoy an expansive west facing deck on a large lot, boasting beautiful views of the Front Range, with open space behind. This gorgeous home features: a gourmet kitchen, custom handrail, hardwood floors, high-end appliances, 13′ great room and a finished 10′ basement with wet bar and a large rec room. The energy efficient design includes 2 x 6 construction, upgraded insulation and dual zone high efficiency furnace.

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/76254205 or call Jacqueline Feil at (970) 460-3033.

     

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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Upscale Home With Impressive Finishes

Featuring 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms And 2 Fireplaces!

Overlooking the 7th green at The Greens @ Collindale. Upscale golf course neighborhood in an intimate setting. Beautiful with tons of upgrades! 2 fireplaces: great room and master. 2 laundries, main floor master. Large deck with gas grill looks onto green. 3-car garage. The list goes on and on…

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/76083407 or call Kyle Basnar at (970) 460-3033.

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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Charming Ranch With Upgrades

Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And A Finished Basement!

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For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/76077555 or call Rondi duPont at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 11:13 am
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Featuring 2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms And 2 Master Suites!

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For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/76058736 or call Paul Hunter at (970) 460-3033.

 

 

 

 

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 9:42 am
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Spacious Town Home With Good Bones

Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms And Vaulted Ceilings!

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For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/75731946 or call Kyle Basnar at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 9:13 am
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Alluring Ranch With Mountain Views

Featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms And A Lovely Landscaped Yard!

If move-in ready is what you are looking for, then look no further. This beautiful ranch style home shows pride of ownership throughout. Open floor plan with all of the bedrooms on the main floor. Newer appliances, new lifetime warranty Core-tec flooring and light tubes for energy efficient lighting. Beautifully landscaped yard with front/ back sprinklers and a custom deck with a sun shade to enjoy your expansive mountain views. This home won’t last long, so call for your personal showing today!

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/75684778. You may also contact either Jennifer Cuningham or Sarah Schilz at (970) 460-3033.

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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Custom-Built Farmhouse With A Barn

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Fabulous country living with a custom-built farm house included! From raising animals to growing your dream garden, this 9 acre property presents endless possibilities. The sprawling 5 bedroom home features an open design, vaulted ceilings and an open kitchen with walk-in pantry. The walk-out basement includes a wet bar and 2-sided fireplace. Enjoy the mountains, plains and pasture from the large deck. Acreage includes large fenced pasture, loafing shed, barn with stalls and a 40 x 60 steel building.

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/75506653 or call Jon Holsten at (970) 460-3033.

 

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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3-Story Condo With Mountain Views

Featuring 2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms And Lots Of Upgrades!

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to own this awesome 2 bed/ 2.5 bath, end unit town-home in Coal Creek Village. Less than 1.5 miles from Old Town Lafayette. On the main floor you will find: hardwood floors throughout, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and upgraded light fixtures. From the master bedroom you can’t miss the great views of the mountains. This home also features an energy efficient furnace and a tank-less water heater. This one won’t last; schedule your showing today!

For more information, please visit: http://windermerenoco.com/listing/75153054 or call Greg Rittner at (970) 460-3033.

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