Look: House Item Lifetimes

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We had a friend over the weekend experience the loss of her refrigerator and her roof, at the same time! It’s sobering when you realize the things you invest money in on your home don’t always last forever. So you don’t get caught having to replace 2 (or more!) major home issues at once, we’ve gathered some information on the lifetimes of a few things…

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Roof Waiting until your roof leaks to replace it can cause major structural damage if you’re not careful. Though it may be tempting to put off such pricey repairs when it seems like your roof is fine, consider getting roof inspections performed on your house every year to assess the health of your roof. Although again weather is a huge factor, a wood shingle roof can last 20-25 years, a composition shingle roof anywhere from 12-20 years and a metal roof 50-75 years.

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Appliances You might also be tempted to let older appliances run as long as they can, but consider the money you’d be saving if you invested in many of the energy-saving appliances available today. Not to mention the bonus of avoiding floods of your home from appliances that die. The biggest energy hogs to consider replacing first: A/C, television, refridgerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher and microwave.

Share your horror stories of an appliance or other house necessity failing and how you handled the situation. Give any tips or lessons you learned!

[Photo credit: Roof photos: hometips.com and customtileroofing.com; Peeling paint from inspect-ny.com; fridge from bornagaininmaganda.net]

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