Home Repairs or Replacement?

March 4, 2020
2 min. read time

Being a home owner is often a rewarding experience. Homes need to be continually cared for, and everything inside has a lifespan. Understanding this will ensure their replacement doesn't put you in a bind.

Windows 8-40 years

Old, out-of-date windows aren't merely an aesthetic problem — they can also lead to higher energy bills. Over time, efficiency gains will help the windows pay for themselves.

Usage, weather, maintenance, and material quality all have an impact on how long your windows will last. Is it time to replace them?

Roofs 15-150 years

Roofs vary widely when it comes to average lifespan, largely depending on type and quality of materials used and ventilation. Here's how long you can expect some of the most common roof types to last, according to InterNACHI:

  • Tar or coal: 30 years
  • Metal: 40 to 80 years
  • Rubber: 15 to 25 years
  • Asphalt: 30 years
  • Slate: 60 to 150 years

It's important to have an idea of how soon that repair may be necessary. A leaky roof can also lead to serious water damage, so it's critical to keep a close eye on the overall condition of your roofing.

Central Air 7-15 years

Replacing your air conditioning unit every seven to fifteen years, InterNACHI suggests replacing your furnace every 15 to 25 years along with general upkeep and maintenance.

Counter tops 20-100 years

While tile, stone, and wood can  last more than a century, laminate or resin-based counters should be replaced roughly every 20 to 30 years.
Another thing to consider: Semi-synthetic surfaces, such as cultured marble, do not have nearly the lifespan of natural stone. These surfaces may last as little as 20 years.


  • Gas Oven 10-18 years
  • Electric Range 13-15 years
  • Refrigerator 9-15 years (Filters 6 months)
  • Washing machine 5-15 years
  • Dryer 13 years
  • Dishwasher 8-10 years
  • Garbage Disposal 8-15 years

Other Items

  • Smoke detectors 10 years (Batteries every year)
  • Shower head filters 6 months

Understanding the lifespan of your big ticket items and other items will allow you to make the best and sound decision when it comes to repairing or replacing them. We recommend speaking with a professional.

Need home insurance or want more information about how to ensure you're properly covered contact Valley West Insurance (702) 262-9900 Text or Call

Note: This information is provided as a courtesy and is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Contents of this website are subject to change without notice. This content is not intended to replace official resources
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