New Home Construction and Home Renovation Wiring, Brampton

Planning a renovation or the construction of a new home? For electrical projects or services, all wiring and re-wiring should meet electrical code requirements.
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New Home Construction and Home Renovation Wiring, Brampton

With housing construction on the rise in the GTA, the demand for wiring services has increased. Planning out a new home for your ideal living situation can involve mapping out rooms, designating spaces for specific purposes, deciding on lighting, and more. It’s important to also factor in wiring as part of these considerations, as sufficient wiring can have an impact on how you live your daily life. In the modern world, no part of us doesn’t rely on technology to get through the day. Since this has become even more so the case in recent years, the demand for electricity has increased exponentially. A sufficient wiring system is therefore needed to accommodate this change. For homes already built, renovation wiring may be needed.

Homes built between the 1960s-1970s are likely to have aluminum wiring, back when copper was still too expensive for regular use. Highly malleable, aluminum was easy to work with and viable for transmitting electricity over long distances. Now, however, copper wiring has become more affordable and accessible, and is highly preferred by electrical experts. Since aluminum is softer, it runs the risk of coming undone and loosening from the terminals — therefore, the ESA recommends that this wiring be maintained and inspected by a licensed electrical contractor every 3-5 years for safety reasons, as it can be dangerous if left unchecked.

Upgrading to copper wiring, which is stronger with excellent conductivity and more cost-effective, can reduce the hassle and save you money in the long-run. For even older homes built in the early 20th century, knob and tube wiring may still be present, which should be upgraded as soon as possible.

Since building codes are frequently updated, it’s best to err on the safe side and hire a licensed electrical contractor to do the work. Working with electrical wiring can be very dangerous, and licensed electricians are insured in case of accidents for this reason. Renovation wiring is also a very complex process and can be overwhelming for any one household. A licensed electrical contractor will be able to offer professional and expert advice, anticipating several factors involved in the process. Faulty wiring is one of the top causes of house fires. Don’t take the risk and hire a professional today!

Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information on home construction or home renovation wiring! Our team operates within the GTA and is committed to helping you make your dream home a reality.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What other electrical upgrades should I consider with renovation wiring?

Renovation wiring can affect many facets of living involving the electrical features of the home, including lighting and outlets. The most common lighting upgrade requested is recessed lighting (or pot lights), which not only gives spaces a modern look and feel, but are more energy efficient and longer-lasting, saving you money in the long-run. MADE ELECTRIC offers lighting upgrade services, including adding pot lights to interior and exterior spaces. For outlets, you may consider adding more, so long as your electrical capacity can support it. An electrical service upgrade may be in order, which a licensed electrical contractor can assist you with. Along with this, consider upgrading your electrical panel — if your wiring is outdated, it’s likely that your panel will be too, as these should be updated at least once every few decades.

What factors will determine whether I need renovation wiring?

This depends on your living style and how modern/outdated your current wiring is. In general, the home requires upgrading especially with aging buildings and growing families. Room additions or renovations for the home are the perfect time to also consider upgrades to wiring, since combining them will save money on labour. Some things to think about are, for example, how big or little your entertainment center will be, whether you will want a home security or monitoring system, if your AC/heating will have smart controls, how many laptops, computers, or tablets your home will be expected to support, and more. Family additions tend to increase electrical pulls, making wiring and electrical capacity upgrades all the more important.

How do I benefit from pre-wiring?

Pre-wiring during new home construction is planning ahead of time, anticipating the reality of quickly advancing technologies. For long-term home ownership, being prepared is the smartest thing you can do and prevents having to upgrade wiring again after obtaining your home. Having the walls come down again for wiring can be disruptive and cost more later on. Pre-wiring can also increase the re-sale value of your home should you ever choose to move.

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