Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is aluminum wiring considered outdated?
Aluminum wiring was popularized between the 1960s and 1970s during a time when copper was still relatively expensive. It was favored at the time for its lightweight properties and cost-effectiveness. However, over time it was determined that due to its softness, it is much more prone to becoming loose from its terminals. Now considered to be outdated, if kept, it’s recommended to have this kind of wiring inspected every 3-5 years.
How much does it cost to completely re-wire the home?
The cost of completely re-wiring a home tends to vary, depending on factors such as the age of your home and the time of the last renovation (if any). Generally, the larger a home is, the more materials will be required, increasing the overall cost. Another significant factor is having to open up the walls, which can cost several thousand dollars. To save on this cost, homeowners often wait combine multiple renovations, or better yet, pre-wire their homes during new construction.
What kind of wiring is used for new homes today?
Copper wiring is most commonly used for new homes today and is currently the first choice for modern homeowners and electrical experts. As the price of copper has come down, copper wiring has been used to reduce wiring expenses due to its ability to transmit large electrical loads with minimal wear and tear. Its high tensile strength has made it highly favourable as of 2021.