New Home Construction and Home Renovation Wiring, the GTA

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, the GTA

With so many new homes being built in the GTA, pre-wiring and renovation wiring have become more of a concern for modern homeowners, and for good reason. When planning for long-term home ownership, placing pre-wiring at the top of your list of considerations means planning for the future, especially if you plan on one day expanding your family. A larger family can mean a heavier electrical load. By optimizing your electrical capacity and wiring to get ahead of this, you can save money on your electrical bill and eliminate the need for a future wiring upgrade. Since pre-wiring your home is best done during construction while the walls are down, this can also save you money on labour in the long-run.

Even in cases where your home has already been built, quickly advancing technologies have created a greater demand for electricity, making it crucial that the physical means of delivery is up-to-date. Renovations can enhance your lifestyle and boost the value of your home, but any significant renovation will usually require changes to your electrical system. Whether that’s adding in a hot tub and increasing your home’s capacity or doing an overhaul of your home’s lighting fixtures, it’s best to consider other additional upgrades to your panel and wiring system as a package. Renovations are the perfect opportunity to make changes and do a tune-up with renovation wiring.

Since home building codes in Ontario are constantly updated and working with wiring can be dangerous, it’s recommended to hire a licensed electrical contractor to organize and simplify this incredibly complex job. An experienced licensed electrical contractor will be able to offer expert advice and help you through the planning stage, anticipating the various factors needed and ensuring that the project goes smoothly. Electrical wiring problems caused by improper installation can cost a lot to fix, and faulty wiring is one of the top causes for house fires. It’s best not to take the risk and hire a professional to take on the extra projects during a home renovation.

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 should be upgraded during electrical renovations?

One of the first things that should be checked is whether your electrical service and panel will be able to accommodate your current electrical load or any additional load that will be added. A service or panel upgrade may be in order for changes to the amount/quality of home outlets, lighting, appliances, or climate control systems. Renovation wiring is strongly recommended for outdated systems and is dependent on things such as adding more outlets to the home or replacing existing ones, having GFCI outlets installed in kitchens and bathrooms, getting pot lights (or recessed lighting) installed, etc.

What is the best possible renovation wiring for my home?

This can depend on your lifestyle, but generally, the best possible wiring recommended by electrical experts is copper wiring due to its sturdiness, high conductivity, and ability to handle higher electrical loads compared to aluminum wiring. Although aluminum wiring is still considered safe as of 2021, the ESA recommends that aluminum wiring be maintained and inspected every 3-5 years for safety reasons, due to its tendency to come loose from terminals. To eliminate this need, it’s best to upgrade to copper wiring to save money on maintenance costs.

What are some signs of outdated wiring?

Tell-tale signs of outdated wiring are flickering lights, tripping breakers, and problems with outlets such as sparking or scorching. If this is happening regularly around the home, it’s crucial to have your home inspected for a diagnosis, as it could be a sign of something serious. Older homes may have visible signs of outdated wiring, such as knob and wiring usually found in basements or garages.

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