Lifespan of 20 Essential Household Items Series: Exterior

    Has your air conditioner ever failed on a hot summer day? It’s a struggle no homeowner wants to deal with. When you own a home it’s important to budget annually for repairs that might be needed and anticipate when things might need to be replaced.

    If you take care of your home, your appliances and fixtures should last longer. This means keeping them clean, performing regular maintenance and preventing unnecessary wear.
    Even the most well-kept homes will need repairs at some point and it helps to know how long you should expect your items to last. We’ve put together a list of how long certain household fixtures and appliances should hold up.

    This week we’re focusing on the exterior of your home.

    Exterior:

    Fixtures outside your home can suffer the most wear and tear of anything you own because they are constantly exposed to the elements. However, they are usually some of the most sturdy and are typically built to last. These are the items you will likely have to pay more for but luckily not as often.

    • Window Unit Air Conditioner: 10 Years

    The typical window unit air conditioner can last anywhere from 8–12 years depending on how much it’s used and how well it’s taken care of. Be sure to turn the unit off when it’s not needed and clean the air filter often.

    • Garage Door: 12 Years

    You can expect 10–15 years of reliable service from a garage door depending on how often it’s used. To prolong its life, apply lubricant spray to door springs every three to six months.

    • Siding: 30 Years

    Siding can last anywhere from 20–40 years depending on the material used, weather conditions in your area and how well it’s taken care of. For instance, aluminum siding will last 15 years but needs to be repainted when it fades every five or so years.
    Wood siding that is painted or stained every five years should last decades. But vinyl siding is a popular choice because it can last up to 40 years and is virtually maintenance free!

    No matter what material you use to keep your siding clean to prevent dirt and mildew that can shorten its lifespan.

    • Roofing: 25 Years

    Most homeowners will need to re-roof their house every 20–30 years, although the type of shingles you use will impact this number. A metal roof can last even longer, up to 50 years, although it’s more expensive upfront and therefore less common.

    To get the longest life out of your roof ensure you check it after inclement weather and be sure to repair it quickly to avoid more damage.

    • Deck: 35 Years :

    Depending on the type of wood, your deck can last anywhere from 20–50 years. However, the average deck lasts around 35 years.

    Seal your deck and keep up with minor repairs to keep it strong and sturdy for many years.

     

    Stay tuned for interior items next week!

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