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Estimated Lifetimes of Building Products

Are you holding your breath wondering how long you can put off that major home repair? Or relaxing after finishing an extensive renovation? Either way it helps to know how long you can expect home improvement supplies to last. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Estimated Product Life

In most product categories there are "good, better, best" rankings with corresponding performance levels. The quality of the installation and the competence of the installer also affect the longevity of the materials.

All estimates in this article assume that the owners follow recommended maintenance schedules, and that residential wear and weather patterns are normal. The following information is provided for reference purposes only, and it is not intended to supersede or redefine a manufacturer's product warranty.

Product Estimated Life (in years)
Slate roof 40-100
Wood shingle roof 15-25
Asphalt roof 15-30
Tile roof 50
Metal roof 20-50
Masonry chimney and fireplace 100
Drywall and plaster 65-70
Paint (interior and exterior) 5-10
Vinyl sheet or tile 20-30
Ceramic tile 100
Laminate 15
Oak or pine floor 100
Carpet 10
Wood siding 20 to life of building
Vinyl siding 50
Aluminum siding 25-50
Brick or stucco Life of building
Brick or concrete patio 25-30
Wood deck 10-15
Asphalt driveway 10-20
Treated lumber 30-40
Kitchen cabinets 15-20
Eavestroughs 25-30
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