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The roof, the fridge - how long it all lasts

This survey by Bank of America Home Equity and conducted by the National Association of Home Builders gives real world estimates of the life expectancy of a variety of home components.

Plumbing fixtures: 15 to 50 years
Plumbing fixtures: 15 to 50 years
A kitchen sink has a life of 50 years or more but faucets go bad after about 15. Shower heads should last a lifetime but whirlpool baths, which get widely differing amounts of use, can last 20 to 50 years.

Gas ranges

Refrigerators

Dishwashers

Cabinets

Concrete and masonry

Countertops

Decks

Electrical

Plumbing

Floors

Roofing

Siding

Windows
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