A new roof, new windows, and new appliances – each comes at a high cost but none last forever. You may wonder how long you can expect the more expensive purchases you make for your home to last.  This Old House has some answers for you. In a slide-show they published entitled, Know When You Need to Replace It, they offer average lifespans of many of the more expensive purchases you may make for your home as calculated by the National Association of Home Builders.

Some examples they gave that are relevant to what we do here at Baltic Home Improvements include the following:

  • Doors: Closet doors and exterior doors made of fiberglass, steel and wood should last as long as the house is standing. Vinyl doors typically last about 20 years; screen doors about 40 years, and French doors about 30 to 50 years.
  • Roofing: Duration depends on the materials used and the quality of the installation job.  Slate, copper and clay/concrete roofs can last more than 50 years; asphalt shingles typically last about 20 years; fiber cement shingles can last about 25 years; wood shake roofs have a life expectancy of about 30 years.
  • Siding: Outside siding materials, whether vinyl, wood or fiber-cement typically last for the life of the home barring any unavoidable damages such as by heavy winds or hail.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Copper gutters usually last about 50 years while aluminum gutters have a lifespan of about 20 years. Similarly, copper downspouts can last more than 100 years, while aluminum downspouts usually last about 30.
  • Windows and Skylights: Aluminum windows usually last between 15 and 20 years while windows made of wood can last as long as 30 years.

You can learn more about these and the expected lifespans of other major purchases including household appliances, cabinetry, concrete and masonry, counter-tops, decks, electrical and lighting, faucets and fixtures, flooring, foundations, and more by checking out the full slideshow here.

If you need assistance with the repair or replacement of your doorswindowssidinggutters, or roof, and you live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, be sure to call Baltic Home Improvement for an estimate of your job. If you need repairs due to a weather related event or disaster that is covered by your home insurance policy, be aware that we also offer free claims assistance to make the process as easy as possible for you. Contact us for more information.

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