Life Expectancy of Canadian House

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Life Expectancy Chart

  • Average life of component is expressed in years.
  • Numbers have been taken from post #3 by MB-Realtor in this thread on the BE forum.
  • These figures are broad brush strokes.
    • Life expectancy of certain components tends to vary across the country.
    • It also depends on home owners' diligence in maintaining their properties.
    • The numbers quoted here are intended to give you a ball park idea.


Roof Covering

  • asphalt standard shingle 12-15
  • asphalt premium shingle 15-30
  • wood shingle 10-20
  • concrete/clay tile 20-40
  • asbestos cement 40-80
  • slate tile 40-80
  • roll roofing 5-15
  • tar & gravel 15-25
  • metal 60


Heating

  • forced air furnace 10-25
  • oil tank 20
  • water/steam boiler - welded steel 15-30
  • water/steam boiler - cast iron 30-50
  • water/steam circulating pump 10-25


Cooling

  • central air 10-15
  • heat pump 10-15
  • window air conditioning 10-20


Plumbing

  • galvanized water pipe 20-25
  • hot water heater 5-15
  • septic/sewer pump 5-10
  • well pump 10


Appliances

  • dishwasher 5-10
  • dryer 10-25
  • garbage disposal 5-12
  • oven/range 15-20
  • washing machine 5-15


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