How Long Does a Home Last?
When you buy or build a home, you expect it to last. You have the expectation that that home will be able to withstand constant use, weather, and damages for your entire life. True, your home can be a durable building that will last many years, but all homes have an expiration date.
You might have noticed dilapidated home on the side of the road or in your neighborhood. You may have wondered what happened to that home and why it has been abandoned. Some homes have to be abandoned due to the threat to safety they pose. But, at one point, that abandoned home you might have seen could have been as loved and well-used as your home.
In this blog, we are going to discuss the lifespan of your home — from carpet to ceiling! This will offer you insight into how long your home should last you and why it is important to build a home that is durable and will last you decades.
Custom Homes Versus Market Homes
Custom homes are a benefit to families because they are new. When something is new it requires far fewer maintenance services. Market homes can be sold and re-sold many times, and used by many different families. With each owner, the house will naturally take on more wear. This means that by the time you will own your own home, you may have a few things to fix up before you can comfortably live in it. In custom homes, you don’t have any maintenance needs or things to fix when you move in. The idea is that with a new home, you don’t have to struggle with an old home. And, with a new home, that means you have many years still to enjoy your home.
Most Homes Are Built to Last 100 years
According to the 2007 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homes made with sturdy materials, such as lumber, concrete, iron, and copper, are built to last 100 years. Long ago 100 years seemed like a very big number. However, when you think about it, 100 years is only one lifetime. This number does not include any of the materials within the house, but just the shell of the home itself. That is why, when you have seen old, abandoned homes, you generally will only see the outer structure of the home.
The Shelf Life of Appliances.
Household appliances don’t have long-lived lives. In fact, most appliances will typically die after just one decade. Unlike items such as the tile, countertops, and ceilings of your home, your appliances have a very short lifespan.
Things like your trash compactor, compact refrigerator, microwave, and humidifiers only last nine to 10 years — that’s only one decade at best! Because you can never guarantee the lifespan of your materials, it essentially comes down to how you treat your items and how much you use them. For instance, appliances like faucets last anywhere from 10 to 15 years if well taken care of. If you don’t wash off the soap, water, or food residue from the faucet, this item’s life can be significantly shortened.
Your roof will typically last you 10 to 15 years, however, the aluminum roof coating will most likely only last anywhere from three to seven years. Of course, items such as your roof are prone to wear from both the elements and human traffic on the roof. When you walk on your roof, you are adding to its wear and thus, shortening its life. It is important to stay off your roof as much as possible.
Some other appliances of your home are:
- Garage door opener (10 to 15 years).
- Air conditioner (10 to 15 years).
- Asphalt (12 to 15 years).
- Termite-proofing during construction (12 years).
It is important how long certain aspects of your house last for because it lets you know when you need certain inspections or replacements. For instance, it the termite-proofing of your home has expired, you will need to address this problem right away.
Understanding that your home is not permanent is important for home buyers. It will keep you alert to the maintenance needs that your home will eventually need. A huge benefit of a custom home is that you get to enjoy the luxuries of a new home. For instance, since you are living in a newer home, you won’t have to be bothered with the expiration of certain aspects of your home.
If you are interested in a custom home for your family, contact UrbanLux today.great!