I recently read a few studies on the life expectancy of various home components. This got me thinking that I should develop a list for homeowners to use to know when they need to think about replacing parts of their home.
· Kitchen sink (modified acrylic or stainless steel should last you about 40-50 years, Fireclay should be the same, but requires some more maintenence
· Kitchen & Bar faucets typically last 15 years (To outlast this 15 years, try installing one of the following 3 types of faucets: Ball, Disc or Cartridge, as they are “washer-less” style faucets, proven to require less repair). They may need some maintenance after the 15 year timeline
· Lavatory faucets and shower and tub faucets last 20+ years (Again, washer-less faucets will outlast any faucets that use washers, my advise: stay away from “Compression” style faucets as they are the most prone to leaks).
· Shower heads should last a life time, but maintain regularly with household cleaning products and cleaners like CLR.
· Your toilet should last a lifetime, BUT its parts will should to be replaced every 5-10 years.
I always explain to clients that they should spend a little more on their plumbing fixtures and their appliances when they remodel so they can enjoy them for a lot longer, by purchasing a high quality fixture, homeowners can expect to extend the lifecycle cost of their home improvements.
Here are a few of my favorite plumbing fixtures!
Contemporary Kitchen Faucet: Pull Down Faucet from Rohl A high quality, high end faucet that looks great (even when it you've owned it for a while).
Traditional Kitchen Faucet: Bridge Faucet from Perrin & Rowe This is the traditional cousin of the faucet above. Looks great in every finish! We just installed the bronze, it is INCREDIBLE!
Contemporary style Lavatory Faucet: Perrin & Rowe Lombardia I was relieved when Perrin and Rowe came out with this entire bathroom suite. The styling and finish is superb.
Traditional style Lavatory Faucet: Perrin & Rowe Edwardian I personally own this line and can confirm the quality and finish.
Wall Hung Toilet: Toto Maris Both this and the WC below are the ideal toilets to own. Very clean lines and they use less water than a traditional flush WC.
Floor Mounted Toilet: Toto Aimes One piece
And the most amazing tub in the world: Neptune Zen This is the Bentley of Bath tubs; it has every bell and whistle you could want for the at home spa experience.