When enlisting any type of contractor, they must be qualified for the job at hand: this is particularly true for electricity services. There are differences between commercial and electric services, and a client or customer must know these differences prior to enlisting a contractor for a job. This is so the scope, level of work, and skills needed can be thoroughly assessed, as well as ensuring your job is carried out in the most cost-effective way.
At Jones Complete Services, you can trust the electric services we provide. This is because we only work with licensed professionals so that you can get the high-quality custom solutions you deserve. This blog will be about the differences between commercial and electric services so that the next time you need to hire an electrician, you know the type of service to look for.
There are clear differences between the two types of electric services that this blog details, so it’s best that we also include a definition of each type of contractor.
What is a Residental Electrician?
A residential electrician provides electric services for residential properties. This means houses, flats, apartments, residential blocks- anywhere where a person might live. Their contract services might include:
- Aesthetic services like wiring and cabling,
- Wiring in a new residence,
- Restoration of wiring in older premises,
- Reviewing, design and implementation of new electrical systems for residential buildings.
What is a Commercial Electrician?
A commercial electrician works in the commercial sector. They might be an employee in a large corporation or an independent contractor that works for a number of different residential buildings. They have different roles and responsibilities compared to residential electricians, as shown by:
- Abiding by Australian Standards in terms of cabling and installations,
- Installation and maintenance of security equipment
- Repair and servicing of electrical and heating equipment
- Construction and installation of any new components as needed.
What is the Difference Between Residental and Commercial Wiring?
There are several differences between residential and commercial wiring and electric services. Often commercial properties and needs are a lot larger than residential services, meaning that electricians of this type also need to operate large machinery, more dangerous equipment, and have an awareness and understanding of the complexities of maintaining a larger electrical space. For example, in residential properties, there is typically only a single-phase needed. In commercial properties, there are three.
Are There Different Duties for Commercial and Residential Electric Services?
Yes, the two types of electrical services do require different certifications, requirements and licenses. This means that one electrician typically can’t switch from residential to commercial and vice versa, without having the proper training.
This is because the load for commercial properties are generally a lot larger than residential, with this heavier load being a lot more complex and dangerous. There will also generally be a bigger amount of components to deal with and different elements. While a residential home might need wiring for 5 rooms, a commercial property might need triple that. There would also be different jobs like data and fibre installation, LED lighting, agricultural work, and more.
Also, the cabling needs are different. Residential services tend to hide cabling and any potentially ‘ugly’ wiring out of sight so that the home maintains its aesthetic appeal. The commercial electrical wiring needs to be accessible so that it can be maintained and looked at throughout the year without the need to call out a specialist.
At Jones Complete Services, we offer both Commercial and Domestic electrical services, that include:
- LED upgrades
- Data communications
- Security systems
- Emergency lighting
- Electrical fit-outs
- Switchboard Upgrades
- Maintenance Inspections and Repairs
- Testing and Tagging
- Projects and New installations
Residential and Commercial electrical services are very different. It’s not typical that one electrician can efficiently do both at an expert level. Both types of services require specific skills and expertise, so you must hire the right expert for your specific job so that is done both efficiently and effectively.
At Jones Complete Services, we are proud to offer both Commercial and Domestic electrical services for our customers. Every contractor we use are experts at their job, so you know that you’ll be provided with high-quality work every time. Please get in touch with our friendly team for more information on how we can help.