Buying a new home people take into consideration truly a huge number of characteristics. We think about location of our future family nest, want it to be light and bright, secure, good-looking, green backyards and gardens are also in advantage. But how many of us do assign much value to the property life span? Certainly, we all wish longevity to our homes but very few people know exactly what it depends on. In this article, we’ll give the answer to the question actual for many homeowners, and it is “How long will your house last”? Surely, there is no common standard for calculating the living potential of real estate, so we’ll also discuss main factors it is determined by. The question is set, let us have a kind of hot debates on its point.
The Groundwork Of Durable Construction
The first significant aspect related to the question of house durability is the choice of materials its wall are built of. External walls made of high-quality material are able to make construction durable, attractive and long living. Moreover, we all know that walls take up to a quarter of all building costs, and if you treat this choice carelessly, there is a big probability you’ll incur serious losses in future. To find out how to take the best decision, we suggest to regard basic types of building materials and determine their characteristics, advantages as well as possible disadvantages.
- Traditional brick. A brick house can last up to 100 – 150 years. It will perfectly stand in heavy rains with hurricanes and hail, severe frosts or heat. Houses are bricked from the ancient times, so the technology is worked through to the smallest detail and it is easy to find a good professional in this field.
- The ceramic brick has a red color. It is made of burnt clay, therefore it is very durable and has high ecological compatibility. Such material is not afraid of cold and does not allow water to pass through.
- Lime sand brick is white. Its main components are lime, sand and a small amount of additives. This kind of brick is also produced as solid as well as with cavities inside and both types are considered to be very durable.
In fact, durability and quality of brick determine its brand and every brick usually has a special indicator. Frost resistance is another characteristic one should take into consideration while choosing the brick. It also has specific classification and marking such as F0, F1 and F2 levels of exposure (passive, moderate and severe respectively).
- Ceramic block is widely used in Europe and it has a big range of unbeatable advantages. First of all, it is environmentally friendly (it consists of a burnt mixture of clay with wooden sawdust), and gives an opportunity to build cheaply and quickly. The house will last for at least 150 years, and it can be made high-rise due to acceptable safety margin.
- Brick made of autoclaved aerated concrete is cheap in transportation and mounting and it is laid 9 times faster than traditional brick. The compressive strength of this material is excellent while thermal conductivity is very small. Due to porosity it is highly frost resistant and passes the steam not worse than wood.
- Wood is another material that often comes to a mind of people who are thinking about building a new home. Surely, wooden houses have lots of advantages and usually associated with health and comfort. Its walls do not just “breathe”, but also make the air curative, detaining all harmful substances. Walls made of wood create optimal humidity in the room and smell pleasant. However, according to special literature, with proper observance of technology, the service life of a wooden house is from 50 years, that is somewhat less than ones built of brick. But, certainly, that is not an axiom, there are brick buildings that crumble in decades and some past centuries wooden houses are preserved in such condition as if they were built yesterday.
Thus, at present time there are many materials from which it is possible to build a durable house, and their choice also depends on such factors as cost, heat insulation, labor costs and subsequent costs for finishing.
The Tip of the Iceberg of The House Lifespan
It is quite obvious that correct choice of roofing materials determines not only house comfort level and appearance, but the time it will serve you in future. People always make strong demands on a roofing: it should be durable, safe for health, strong, visually attractive and clearly repeat the roof shape. In this part of the article, we are going to regard 5 the most popular types of roofing materials, such as:
- Onduline roofing. These are wavy sheets of cellulose fibers impregnated with bitumen. The outer side has a colored polymer coating. Among the advantages of this material is small weight, affordable price, resistance to weathering. However, it doesn’t look very aesthetic and its lifespan reaches nearly 20 years.
- Metal tiles are the sheets made of galvanized steel with a two-sided polymer coating, the pattern and surface relief of which imitate natural tiles. The service life of metal tiles roofing is about 15 years.
- Asbestos roof slates are made of cement with an addition of asbestos fibers. The sheets can be flat and wavy, unpainted and colored. The average lifespan of such roofing is 20 – 30 years.
- Profiled sheeting is a corrugated steel sheet with a color coating or galvanizing, guaranteed service life of such roofing is 25 – 30 years.
- Ceramic tiles are made of clay by molding and high-temperature roasting. At the same time, the material acquires unique properties, the main of which is durability (service life – up to 150 years).
Life Inside Of House
Walls, roof, and foundation are, certainly, the basis of our homes, but the service life of its inside elements such as furniture, interior finishes and household electrical appliances are also very important. Particular attention is often paid to the latter because nowadays household appliances are not only a necessity but also an opportunity to demonstrate status, taste, and understanding of the matter of their owners.
Different companies-manufacturers set their own service life for household appliances, for large-sized appliances – about 10 years. Household trivia, like teapots, irons, and microwaves, serve even less. Although, as practice shows, good equipment can serve much longer than the manufacturer’s recommended time. Therefore, if your automatic washing machine is in use for 7 – 10 years, do not send it to the trash, just because it is morally obsolete.
Fridge lifespan is nearly 7-10 years. This the most necessary device in everyday life, as a rule, breaks due to burnout of the motor-compressor. The main enemy of all washing machines is the scum, that is mentioned so often in TV advertising, the lifespan of this appliance can reach up to 7-8 years.
The service life is the same for electrical and gas stoves – about 10-15 years. Gas stoves cause fewer problems, while electric may burn out burners and switches. By the way, sockets for electric stoves are also not eternal – they must be changed every 10 years.
The service life of air conditioners and vacuum cleaners is approximately the same – nearly 10 years, however, it all depend on brand and manufacturer country.
Microwave oven serves for 5-7 years on average but it is important to remember that putting any metal objects in it can lead to the failure of the most important part of the device – the magnetron.
Such a necessary thing, like an iron, most often breaks down due to mechanical damages and lasts up to 3-5 years. At the same time, an electric kettle is, perhaps, the most short-lived household appliance which is able to serve for about 3 years.
As we can see now, the responsibility for a life expectancy of the home is mainly carried by its owner, who decides how much money, time and efforts he is able to spend for its arrangement and improvement. So, build, dream, create and enjoy, and we wish your home last forever!