Toronto Electrical contractor in building renovations
Aside from new building constructions, most electric contractors are involved in major renovations of existing structures. Electrical systems have to be upgraded to ensure that they can provide the necessary power for electrical appliances, computers and electronic gadgets. Most old buildings still make use of aluminum wiring particularly those that have been built in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Modern building codes no longer allow the use of aluminum wiring because it can expand and contract when heated. Aluminum wiring also has the tendency to lose some of its tightness with each cycle. It is also susceptible to corrosion when it makes contact with certain types of metals. Fire safety is always the objective of Toronto Electrical contractor that is why old copper wiring is used to replace aluminum wiring.
A 14-gage wire is allowed in most electrical systems but it is often suggested to install a 12-gage wiring that has the capability to handle more electric current. 12-gage wiring is more expensive than 14-gage wiring but it safer and more energy efficient. There are also old buildings that still use the knob and tube wiring which must be replaced by copper wiring to meet current electrical standards. While the knob and tube wiring is not exactly unsafe, it might not be able to provide for the power requirements. There are also instances when the cloth insulation is already brittle and cracked exposing the wires. This is a fire hazard that requires replacement with copper wiring.
Toronto Electrical contractor in home remodeling
Home remodeling is an expensive project because it requires upgrading of the electrical system, plumbing, heating and cooling and many more. Depending on the complexity of the circuits, additional auxiliary circuit panels may be required because the National Electrical Code recommends a minimum of 100 amps for incoming electrical service. If the current service panel provides less than the required, it should be upgraded to the minimum or higher amperage to meet the demands of high end appliances and electronic devices.
The electrical contractor can add outlets, switches and circuits if you are already satisfied with the electrical system. If not then, then more circuits can be added. There are a lot of things that the electrical contractor will consider in the system before a quote for the project can be submitted for approval. The condition of the wiring components including the size of the electrical system will affect the costs of remodeling including the need to add new circuits and outlets. Cost should not be the basis of the decision but the experience and skills of the electric contractor.