How Long do Key Home Features Last?

Every part or appliance in your home has an expected lifespan and, if you live there long enough, you’ll probably be faced with home repairs or replacement at some point. Here are some quick tips to remember when it comes to gauging how long those big-ticket items will last in your home!

Roof Over Your Head

As both a design element and a critical part of your home’s exterior, few things are more important than the roof. You’ll find multiple options for roofing materials available to you, varying in price, material and aesthetic, with the warranty ranging from 10- to 50-years, depending on the material.

Generally speaking, a new roof is expected to typically last about 30 years. However, the actual lifespan of your roof will depend on other factors, too, including:

  • Installation
  • Materials
  • Weather conditions

The key to getting the most out of your roof and increasing the lifespan is to schedule regular roof maintenance to identify any small issues before they become larger ones.

Keep Appliances Working

Appliances include all those everyday items you touch many times per day, such as the refrigerator, and others that you never think about, such as the water heater. These items make our life more convenient and comfortable, so investing in a good-quality appliance is important.

When considering the life expectancy of appliances, you first need to consider just how much that particular item is being used. An appliance that is used a great deal, such as a refrigerator, will last 13 years on average. Water heaters tend to vary depending upon how it heats the water, with gas models lasting 8-12 years, on average, and electric models lasting longer, more like 12-15 years.

Like the roof, you can help extend the life of your appliance with a little routine maintenance. Repairs after major appliance failure can be costly, and many times they can be caught early - or prevented entirely - by performing regular maintenance.

As part of our continued efforts in delighting our Customers, David Weekley Homes offers monthly maintenance reminder emails to assist with keeping your home in great shape for years to come. Whether you are a new or existing Homeowner, we want you to live comfortably and happily in your dream home.