Pre-wiring Services for New Construction & Renovation | Toronto GTA
Climax AV offers professional pre-wiring services for network wiring, home theater, distributed audio/video and smart home automation.
Why is it important to pre-wire?
Pre-wiring can save you money!
If your house is under construction or under major renovation, this is the perfect time to pre-wire necessary cables before the walls & ceilings are closed with drywall.
Once the construction is finished, any retrofit wiring will cost so much more, not to mention the hassle of drywall patching and painting afterwards.
There are so many benefits to prewiring to futureproof your home.
When is the best time for Pre-wiring cables?
The best time to pre-wire cables is when the premise is under construction or renovation, before finishing basement, after the framing work is finished and most importantly, before drywall installation.
Moreover, low-voltage wiring should take place once the HVAC duct work and electrical work has been completed and before insulation is installed.
What cables should I prewire?
You need to pre-wire cables according to what kind of technologies and communication systems you want to integrate into your home. You’ll need to rough-in certain types of cables and conduits depending on each application. See most common examples below;
- Network & Wi-Fi: CAT6/CAT6A (and Fiber Optic in some cases)
- Multi-room Audio System: Speaker wires (and CAT6 in some cases)
- Each TV location: CAT6/CAT6A & Conduit
- Home Theater / Surround Sound System: Speaker wires, CAT6, subwoofer cable & conduit
- Outdoor entertainment (Audio & Video): Direct burial speaker wires, conduit & Cat6
- Surveillance CCTV Camera: CAT6
- Home Automation Control System: CAT6
Rough-in For Projector, Home Theater & TV
What Should I Rough-in for Projector?
- Flexible Conduit with minimum 1 inch inner diameter needs to be roughed-in from Projector to AV receiver location for easy HDMI cable upgrades in the future.
- Structural support for projector in the ceiling at appropriate throw distance.
- Dedicated electrical outlet near where projector will be installed
What Should I Rough-in for Home Theater?
- Data Cables (Cat6 or better) from AV receiver / source components area to network switch/router.
- Speaker wires from AV receiver to each speaker location
- Pre-construction speaker brackets (for in-wall/in-ceiling speakers)
- Dedicated electrical outlet by where AV components will be installed
What should I Rough-in for TV?
If your planning to mount a TV over a fireplace where it’s difficult to fish cables after drywall is installed, you’ll definitely want to rough-in the following;
- Flexible conduit with minimum 1.5 inch inner diameter from behind the TV to source components area.
- Electrical outlet where it’ll end up behind the TV when the TV is mounted on the wall.
- Data cables (Cat6 or better) from TV / source components area to network switch/router.
Pre-Wiring Based on System Design
Planning for Pre-wiring
Pre-wiring requires careful planning based on the system design whether it’s for AV, network or home automation.
For example, if you want to setup mesh Wi-Fi network throughout your home, you need to run a CAT6 cable to individual WAP (Wireless Access Point) location. But knowing how many & where each WAP should be installed is crucial to optimize the Wi-Fi performance.
Another example is if you want to setup home automation control system, you need to know the full wiring schematics to ensure that there’s wiring available where it’s necessary for each component.
System Deployment After Construction
The AV Company responsible for system design & pre-wiring should also be deploying the full AV, network & automation system after construction is finished.
That way, the same AV company would have pre-wired cables in appropriate locations according to their system design & also provision for future upgrades.