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How long does a door last?
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
You can expect a door to last from 25 to 100+ years, depending on the type of door, material, quality of manufacture, level of usage, and weather exposure. Click on any of the door types listed below to link to a page with more information.
Fiberglass, Exterior - 50 to 100+ years, average 70
Garage Doors - 20 to 35 years, average 30
Garage Door Openers - 10 to 15+ years, average 12
Screen, Wood or Vinyl, 20 to 30 years, average 25
Sliding Glass - 20 to 30 years, average 25
Steel, Exterior - 30 to 80+, average 50
Wood, Exterior - 40 to 100+ years, average 70
Closet - 30 to 100+, average 50
Wood French, Interior - 40 to 70 years, average 50
Wood, Interior Hollow Core - 30 to 50+ years, average 40
Wood, Interior Solid Core - 50 to 100+ years, average 70
And here’s a bar graph comparing the life expectancies.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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To learn more about doors and windows, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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