The Lifespan of Bathroom Fixtures

Monday, August 19, 2019

While we were out at a consultation the other day, a client asked us about the lifespan of their fixtures, specifically in their bathroom. As we talked about how long each item typically lasts, we were able to determine that several things in their bathroom were well overdue for an upgrade!

Since this is not something every homeowner knows off the top of their head, we wanted to break it down for you.


An average shower enclosure can last for 50 years, while shower doors are good for a max of 20 years, depending on how they are taken care of. Shower heads can last for a lifetime if cleaned properly and maintained.


Toilets can last for a long time (50 years), though there are internal components that require regular maintenance. At some point, it becomes a wiser investment to get a new toilet.

If your toilet is from before 1994, you may want to consider a new toilet just because they are more efficient now.


It depends greatly on their usage, but whirlpool tubs can last between 20 and 50 years. Fiberglass bathtubs, on the other hand, are only good for 10-15 years.


Bathroom faucets have a lifespan between 15 and 20 years. In the case of our client, they haven’t made any updates to anything and their house is now over 20 years old. Some of the original features are not working as well as they could, including the original bathroom faucets.


Caulking lasts between 5 and 10 years. Before reapplying caulk, make sure that there is not any visible mildew or mold. You don’t want to re-caulk if either is present.

Of course, just because something should last for however long, doesn’t mean it always does. Cheaper items tend to break more easily while items that cost a little more tend to last longer. Items that are well taken care of are less prone to breaking.

If you live in the Northern VA area and have any bathroom items that are beyond their lifespan or are not working correctly, call Marines Plumbing today. We can help you determine what needs to be replaced, suggest models, and then perform the installation.

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