When it comes to having new wires installed or rewired in a house, it is essential to think about which option is best. High-quality wiring can last for many years, or even decades, so residents should carefully consider what wire specifications are known for durability. Differing wires posses distinct purposes and are not always interchangeable.

Electrical Nervous System

Wiring and/or rewiring a home or business is one of the most essential parts of electrical efficiency. Much like the human body's nervous system, electrical systems transfer critical currents throughout the wiring in your home. These electrical current transfers facilitate electrical operating system efficiency. When electrical systems work properly, you can save on energy costs and gain a peace-of-mind about safety! 

Residential vs Commercial

Non-Metallic Cable - Also known as Romex, non-metallic or NM cable is a common type of wiring used for residential installations. It is made up of insulated copper wires and a non-metallic sheathing that provides protection from moisture and abrasion.

Underground Feeder Cable - Underfeeder (UF) cable is similar to NM cable, but it is designed for underground installation. This cable is composed of insulated copper wires and a waterproof sheathing that provides protection from moisture and other environmental factors.

Conduit - Sometimes electrical wires need to be housed by extra protection, which is why electricians will install a conduit system. While it's commonly used in commercial and industrial projects, it can also be used in residential installations. Conduit can be made from metal or plastic, and offers a high level of security for the wiring.

How often does a house need to be rewired?

No one desires to replace parts of their home unless it becomes absolutely necessary. This is especially true of entire electrical systems, which can be laborious and time-intensive to complete. 

Nevertheless, all of these components will eventually wear out - to include the wiring itself.

Generally, it is recommended that homeowners rewire their houses every 25-40 years. This timeline can be reduced if there are signs of problems, such as flickering lights, frequently tripping circuit breakers, or burning smells. Older homes with outdated wiring, such as knob-and-tube wiring or aluminum wiring, may need to be rewired soonder due to safety concerns.

Aluminum Wires

Many residents are unaware that even though they are not currently experiencing electrical issues, their system is at risk because it used aluminum wires. These wiring systems have recently been proven to be a fire hazard. This is because they have been known to overheat and cause electrical fires, which can be dangerous and costly to repair. Additionally, aluminum wiring can become corroded over time, leading to poor electrical connections and potential safety issues. Homeowners can improve their entire house's safety by having our B&W Electric team replace this type of wiring with copper or other alternatives.

Considerations to Take

Determining that you need new wiring

Learning the wiring process

Establishing a plan

Temporary relocation during a wiring commitment

Ensuring thorough safety precautions are taken

Managing the budget