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Mar 13 2018
What’s Your Household Lifespan IQ?

We all have those home items that catch us completely off-guard when they break down without warning or, on the other hand, things that seem to last much longer than we expect. While there are a number of factors that could affect the longevity of the items in and around your home, things do have natural lifespans. How much do you know about yours?

Let’s examine your house room by room:

Kitchen. People often consider the kitchen to be the heart of the house—so how many years will your home’s heart stay healthy?

  • Countertops: Wood, natural stone, and tile 100, marble and laminate 20
  • Flooring: Vinyl 30 to 50, wood, marble, and slate 100, laminate and linoleum 15 to 25
  • Refrigerator: 10 to 18
  • Freezer: 12 to 20
  • Microwave: 9
  • Oven: 10 to 18
  • Dishwasher: 9 to 16
  • Garbage disposal: 10 to 15

Living room and bedroom. On average, you’ll spend 26 years asleep and another 15 watching TV, so how many years can you expect the things in these rooms to live before they need replacing?

  • Carpet: 8 to 10
  • Mattress: 8 to 15
  • Couch: 10 to 15
  • TV: 11
  • Windows: Aluminum 15 to 20, vinyl 20 to 40

Bathroom and laundry room. These rooms are pretty utilitarian, so you may not put a lot of thought into what goes into maintaining them. But in some ways, they’re in more constant use than other parts of your house. So how many years (on average) before something breaks and requires your attention?

  • Bathtub: Cast iron 50, fiberglass 10 to 15
  • Grouting: 5
  • Shower door: 25
  • Toilet: 50
  • Sink: 15 to 50
  • Washing machine: 8 to 16
  • Dryer: 11 to 18

Exterior and yard. The exterior of your home and your yard are subject to all sorts of wear and tear. They’re completely exposed for every blizzard, rainstorm, and heat wave and you literally walk all over them on a daily basis. How many years will yours hold up?

  • Chimneys, fireplaces, and brick veneers: 100
  • Wooden deck: 20
  • Doors: Fiberglass, steel, and wood can outlast the home, vinyl 20, and screen 40
  • Electric wiring: Copper plated, copper clad, and bare copper can last a lifetime
  • Garage door openers: 10 to 15
  • Paint: 15
  • Roofing: Slate, copper, and clay/concrete 50, asphalt 20, fiber cement 25, wood shakes 30
  • Siding: Brick, vinyl, engineered wood, and stone can outlast the house, wood shutters 20, copper gutters 50, aluminum gutters 20
  • Sprinklers: 20
  • Polyvinyl fences: A lifetime
  • Asphalt driveway: 15 to 20

Miscellaneous. There are a lot of aspects of your home that may not be front and center, but are vital to your everyday needs. How many years can you expect these silent heroes to last?

  • Electrical wiring: 50
  • Fire extinguisher: 10
  • Smoke alarms: 9
  • Furnace: 15 to 20
  • Water heater: Tank-less 20, electric and gas 10
  • Thermostats: 35
  • Faucets and fixtures: 15
  • Window AC unit: 10


Now you know how long you can expect items in your household to last, but what if you want to upgrade early and sell them used? Don’t clutter up your home while you look for a buyer, contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage Canada for affordable and convenient solutions to store them while you’re looking for their next home.