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How long does a countertop last?
Thursday, July 2, 2020
You can expect a countertop to last between 10 to 60 years with reasonable care, depending on the material and level of use. Here’s our list, with links to articles with more info about each one, and a bar graph comparing lifespans.
Concrete - 50± years
Cultured Marble - 25± years
Granite - 60+ years
Laminate - 15 to 40 years, average 25
Marble - 50+ years
Quartz (Engineered Stone) Quartz (Engineered Stone) - 20 to 60 years, average 40
Resin - 10 to 20 years, average 15
Tile - 50+ years
Wood (Butcher Block) - 60+ years
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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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about KITCHENS:
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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