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We are a small fabrication and welding company that specialise in structural fabrication/repairs staircases and handrails, gates and railings, general fabrications. All our work is carried out to a very high standard and level of professionalism. We can also be found on Facebook

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Reviewed by mrs mary on 21/2/2019

Very easy to open and close, opens in the way and out.

Metal Fabrication & Maintenance - Stairs - Fence - Gate - Door & Window protection - Rail - Metal Framework

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Reviewed by Jawad on 13/2/2019

They did a very quality work and finished very quickly. I will always go back to them. Many Thanks

Fabricating,Welding,Install:Security Grill Gates,Railing,Gate,Staircase's,Collapsible,Window,Balustrade,Structural STEEL,Beems,Alloy Wheels,Exhaustes,lowering,welding:ARC,MIG,TIG,GAS,STAIN LEES STEEL,LED:Basic Plumbing+Painting+Powder Coting,Galvanise+...

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Reviewed by Shadaab on 14/2/2019

Great Service, was really skilled and professional. Really happy with my railings. Highly recommended

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Reviewed by Kartik on 5/7/2018

Excellent communication, time keeping & quality of work. I would highly recommend Scott.

Lockwood fencing does security fencing and gates and garden fencing and gates we don't do gardening thanks I've been doing fencing since 1982 and I decided to go it alone about 3 years ago and I have been getting plenty of work in thanks rated people

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Reviewed by Brock on 4/1/2019

Arthur did a great job installing gates on both sides of our garden. He was efficient, reliable, and his price was very reasonable. Highly recommended.

We design, produce, supply and install, to your own or your client's specifications, many items, including wrought iron gates and fences, spiral staircases, railings, security grilles and burglar-bars. We also can provide an on-site welding service.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth on 24/1/2019

We have just recently had Jay replace a RSJ for us. Jay has been a breath of fresh air, he is professional, knowledgeable, hardworking and a generally a nice guy to have around. He works fast but has a chilled and relaxed persona. I would highly recommend Steel Doctors. He’s a rare find. Thank Jay.

I have been in the business for over 15 years now and I have got the experience that it takes to be the best. I am qualified metalworker with welding certificate (MMA welding)

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Reviewed by Ghanshyam on 20/3/2018

Honourable perfect gentleman able to carry out the required work

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Reviewed by christian on 6/2/2019

Allan took on a smallish job for me - repairing a metal frame chair. He responded quickly to my query, established the scope of the job and agreed a fee. Within a couple of days he picked the chair up, took a week to repair it and delivered it back better than new. Excellent service, no hidden costs, great job and pleasure to deal with.

I have worked in the Landscaping and construction industry for 18 years. I have covered all aspects of Landscaping. I am now starting my own family run gardening and Landscaping business. We offer a friendly, reliable and competitive service.

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Reviewed by Dan on 1/10/2018

Fair price; good quality work.

We are a family and friendly an trust worthy business and aim to make the customer happy and work with them to get what they want we like our work to be a 100% and enjoy our work every day and we hope all our customers enjoy our work

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Reviewed by Sebastian on 29/11/2018

Received some much needed help from Tony at Go Revive It Landscaping and Property Maintenance. Thanks very much.

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Blacksmiths / Metal workers - what you need to know

What a blacksmith/metalworker can help with

When we hear ‘blacksmith’, we tend to conjure up an image of someone dealing with horse hooves and the soles on the bottom of our shoes. In reality, a blacksmith, or metalworker as they’re usually known, deal with a lot more than that and they can be one of the most artistic trades out there, fashioning bespoke products to suit your home or place of work.

Making:

  • Metal roofs (zinc/aluminium/steel/copper).
  • Metal staircases.
  • Metal furniture.
  • Security grills.
  • Metal security fencing, gates and bollards.
  • Metal worktops.
  • Metal chandeliers, fireplace pokers and other household ornaments.
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Metalworkers work with different raw metals. They heat them up before shaping them into industrial products like security grills, fences, gates and bollards, or more artistic, decorative products like metal chandeliers and other household ornaments. Often, their industrial work has a decorative touch when they’re asked to produce something in a style that was all the rage back in an earlier period. For example, a gate that wouldn’t have looked out of place back in the Victorian era.

As well as smaller household ornaments, a metalworker can craft larger objects to help you put your own stamp on your home. If a traditional wooden staircase doesn’t appeal to you, you can ask a metalworker to make a metal staircase. They also make metal roofs and can send your kitchen up the style stakes by helping you introduce metal worktops or cabinets into your cooking space. While stainless steel and chrome have been used in the kitchen for a while, there are other metals now being used in kitchen design, including bronze, copper, iron, zinc and aluminium.

If you bring in a metalworker for work like this, you’ll need them to work with other tradespeople to fit the products they create. A roofer would fit the metal roof after it’s been made, a builder would install a metal staircase and a kitchen specialist would be happy to fit your metal worktops.

What is fabrication?

Fabrication is the name of the manufacturing process that’s used to make a product from raw metals. It’s the opposite of creating a product from ready-made parts. Metal fabrication involves a number of processes like cutting, welding, forming and assembling to create a finished product like metal railings.

Types of metal roofing

Unless you’re going for a natural metal look, most modern roofing is made to look like other roofing material such as clay tile, slate, and cedar shake. The difference is that it’s designed to last two to three times longer. You can choose from a range of metals and alloys but the most common ones are steel and aluminium.

Steel

Used for most metal roofing mainly due to its lower cost, it’s fairly heavy which makes it sturdy. To protect it from rust, it’s usually coated in zinc and then sealed.

Aluminium

The second most popular material, it doesn’t rust but it’s coated anyway to make it look nicer. The main difference between steel and aluminium is that aluminium’s lightweight so it dents more easily and isn’t as rigid. It’s great for coastal areas as it isn’t ruined by the salt from sea spray.

Premium metals: a copper or zinc roof

Copper roofs are the most durable of all metal roofs and can last for hundreds of years. Both zinc and copper are higher in cost than steel and aluminium, which is why it’s unusual for people to fit a whole roof using just one of the metals. Instead, the metals tend to be used to highlight certain details on the roof, like bay windows and porches and the rest of the roof is made from steel or aluminium.

 

Planning permission for blacksmithing / metalworking jobs

Planning permission isn’t normally required but you’ll need to apply for planning permission if you want to put up or add to a fence, wall or gate and:

  • It would be over 2 metres high or over 1-metre-high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or a footpath next to a highway).
  • Your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition. When an article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted without application.
  • Your house is a listed building or in the land of a listed building.
  • The fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a listed building or land.

You’ll be covered to re-roof your house under permitted development rules but you will need to seek permission if:

  • You’re wanting to alter your existing roof so that it’s more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.
  • The planned alteration would be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Side facing windows wouldn’t be obscure-glazed; an opening wasn’t 1.7m above the floor.

To check if you’d need permission for planned work, and to find information on building regulations, head to the Planning Portal.

Insurance for blacksmithing/metalworking work

There’s no legal requirement for metalworkers to have insurance but it’s a good idea for them to have public liability insurance to cover against any accidental property damage and personal injury claims.

 

 

Questions you should ask a blacksmith/metalworker

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Do they specialise in industrial or more artistic, decorative work? Can they give you references for work similar to yours?
  • Can they show you pictures of some of their favourite work?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does that last?
  • Will your home be liveable while work’s being carried out? If not, how long will it take?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking blacksmiths/metalworkers.

Blacksmithing/metalworking ideas

Read more about decorative railings and metal roofs as we delve into things like appearance and weather performance to help you decide if they’re the best choice for your home. If your kitchen or bathroom is your pride and joy, discover how you can introduce metals and other unconventional materials for a touch of the unique.

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