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The Useful Life of a Thai Condominium Building

Category : Selling | Posted On 2013-05-15 00:00:00

Here in Thailand, almost all condominium buildings are constructed of concrete with reinforced steel. They use a post and beam structure of reinforced concrete with typically brick and mortar walls. Pre-tension pilings are set deep into the ground and tie into a footing that supports the substructure making a superstructure that supports the building.

The structure of the building will last far longer than the economic life of the condo and individual components. This type of construction is very strong but the main reason they use it is because of the weather and conditions in Thailand. And the question of “useful life of condo building” sometimes comes up in conversation.

The Useful Life of a Thai Condominium Building

Over time, due to wear and tear, those individual components break down and need repair or replacement. Knowing the age of a building will give you an idea when they'll likely need maintenance and replacement again. The age of the building can be found in our listings under "project completion" under the Details of Development.

The first major component that will need maintenance and replacement is usually the roof. Condominium roofs usually last up to about 10 years, after which it will require maintenance and replacement by the time it reaches 15 to 18 years. The elevators will last up to 20 years, with more frequent maintenance for the following 10 years, and likely replacement after that.

The quality and durability of PVC plumbing have improved over the years and if done right you can expect it to remain operational for at least 50 years. From thereon, it will require maintenance and an eventual replacement as well.

Standard windows may also last about 50 years but some will require to be resealed before then.

For a condominium building to remain functional, it requires cyclical maintenance and replacement of its major components over time. By the time a condominium building reaches 50 years of age, it will have gone through several partial retrofits. But the useful life of the condo is yet to be reached at 50 years on a well-constructed building.

Bottom Line?

When it comes to physical longevity, the same formula applies to condominiums as to other high rises buildings. A properly funded and prudently managed building may have a life-span of 100+ years, or even more. The poorly run, neglected and mismanaged condo usually end up going down much sooner.

Therefore, the useful life of the condo building in Thailand depends on the quality of governance, the prudence of management policies, and the ability of owners to regularly look after their expenses. Most condominium buildings will use a sinking fund set up by the owners to pay for these repairs and replacements over time.

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Article Source:  Huffington Post 

 

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