Many companies offer warranties when you purchase appliances, heaters or air conditioners, and even roofing. A lot of companies use this as a selling tool, but they can come in handy if you happen to need a repair soon after purchase. Most appliances have a couple years attached to their guarantee, but this can vary so be sure to pay attention before you purchase it. What happens after the warranty is expired? Well, this has to come out of your pocket.
This can be a big expense and not many people can afford to pay to replace big appliances. Being prepared by knowing how long these appliances usually last can give you a chance to prepare for the need to purchase a new one. Being prepared can relieve a lot of stress.
Life Span of Roofing and Siding
Roofing can have a big difference as far as years it can last. Depending on what type of roofing you get it can last anywhere from 15-100 years. Most roofing contractors can tell you what roofing will work best for you and the area that you live in. People who experience high heat can expect to replace roofing more often. Consumers who live in an area that is surrounded by trees can expect to replace their roofing more often as well, due to falling limbs or trees. Keep this in mind if you live in these types of areas.
There are several different types of roofing that serve different purposes. The most common type of roofing you can find is asphalt roofing. These are what we would call normal shingles. These last from 15-20 years if well maintained. The next most common type is a metal roof. Metal roofs have changed a lot in the last 100 years. This type of roof usually carries a 20-40 year warranty. While wood roofing is beautiful, it requires the most maintenance. Don’t expect this roof to last more than 30 years, even with good care. The most long lasting roof is a tile or slate rough. While this can be more expensive, if properly maintained, it can last up to 100 years!
What about siding? The most common type of siding is vinyl. This is used because it can be the easiest to install. This type of siding lasts about 30 years with good maintenance. Insulated siding is considered very attractive and can last you 50 years if well taken care of. While fiber cement siding is also attractive, it may require a more frequent paint job (about every 4-5 years). This style of siding can last up to 50 years, which is pretty good compared to its competitors. Cedar siding is known for lasting the elements well, as far as wood can. This siding is beautiful for rustic areas and can be expected to last more than 25 years.
Life Span of Household Appliances
One of the most frequently used appliances in a home is the refrigerator. Many people have experienced the surprise of opening up the frig and seeing no light and feeling no cool air. Time for either a repair or a replacement. While there are many different makes and model of refrigerators, most of them last a good while, which is about 13 years. So, it is possible to save up for one if you notice that yours might only last a couple more years.
Another frequently used household appliance is the furnace or air conditioner. When speaking about a furnace, you can expect it to last about 15-20 years. Central air conditioners can last about the same amount of time. So, if you purchased these two items at the same time, you can expect to maybe need to either do maintenance on them or replace them together. Make sure to pay attention to the new appliances’ warranty.
Last, but certainly not least, is the washer and dryer. These appliances have a large range. Most people have the standard side by side washer and dryer, while others may have a stack-able appliance (which is used for small living spaces or a small family). Both types of washers and dryers have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. You’ll hear stories of families who have had to replace an appliance much sooner, which usually is due to a manufacturers defect and should be covered by a warranty.
All you have to do is make sure you do your homework when you’re looking to make these big purchases. Try your best to make sure it’s going to last as long as you need it to and that you’re getting your money’s worth. Doing a bit of research on other appliances never hurt either.