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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.

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Allied Builders are small family run business situated in Towcester, Northants. With over 30 years in the trade they bring competent in-depth knowledge to all aspects of their work accompanied by a wealth of experience & expertise.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, House extension, Porch / Canopy

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Reviewed by Tracy on 21/9/2017

Arrived on time. Knowledgeable and professional. Provided quote as requested and no high pressure sales pitch. Work carried out quickly to a high standard. Communication good. Tidied up after the job. Friendly and reliable. Would definitely recommend to friends . Would definitely use again. Many thanks Joe Snr and Jnr

MJ and Aj Bartlett/ta MJ and AJ Bartlett

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Julian on 21/9/2017

Michael and Spencer did a great job, on time and in budget. We enjoyed their company and would definitely recommend them.

Dg garden services is a small company with a large amount of experience. We are qualified and experienced in all types of landscaping and general buidling work, with over 15 years experience. Give us a try for a quality service at an affordable price.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by GRAHAM on 21/9/2017

Good job. Danny and his colleague worked hard, informed us of possibilities and carried out what we asked. They removed all the rubbish. This was probably phase 1 and we hope that they will return in a couple of years when other plants have grown , meaning that the oak tree can then be reduced further, Would certainly recommend their services. They were prompt and efficient.

Here at CM Roofing and builders we specialise in all aspects of roofing and roughcasting.UPCV Fascia and guttering. Covering all repair and replacements. We also cover all aspects of building work. No job to big no job to small.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Home improvements, Porch / Canopy, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, Screeding, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Ben on 21/9/2017

Connor was very professional and keen to please. There was an issue whereby we had to use a neighbours outside tap for some of the work and Connor helped arranged this with them. The work was done while I was on annual leave from work but very quickly I realised I could go out safe in the knowledge that Connor and the guys did not need supervision. mid way through the job based on the quality of what I had seen so far got a fence installed. Only issue was late arrival of scaffold by 1 day, sorted quickly.

SR building is a well established business that i have been running in Shropshire for the last seven years.We specialize in all building and renovation work from , full bathroom refits,kitchen installations, new extensions, conservatories or wet rooms

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Tom on 21/9/2017

Steve was fantastic from start to finish, he even came back when we found a small fault and corrected. He will be doing our bathroom.

Sam Davies property maintenance with almost 20 years experience in residential,retail and industrial property maintenance I have a vast range of experience and problem solving .

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Kate on 21/9/2017

Good job. Thank you!

We are a family company . We provide interior and exterior painting,plastering and cleaning services at affordable rates.

Trades serviced: Laminate Flooring, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Internal Painting & Decorating, External wall painting, Door / Window painting, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by Steve on 21/9/2017

Paulina and her team were excellent from start to finish. I had an urgent need to get the work done as soon as possible and they responded very quickly. We quickly agreed the quote which was great for the work I wanted done. Communication was great and the job was done to a very high standard which I am extremely happy with. They are all lovely people and I would definitely use Paulina and her team again, and would highly recommend them to anyone needing decorating done.

Welcome, We are a family run business operating a team of friendly professional trades, providing quality repairs and installations within realistic timelines and price parameters without fuss or frustration. No job too small or beyond our capabilities.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by Serena on 21/9/2017

Martin from 2dayucan was excellent. Cannot praise him highly enough. He turned up on time, was able to find a better (and cheaper) solution to my problem & did the work within a reasonable amount of time. I would recommend this tradesperson to everyone. Thanks Martin!

Hi dear potential customer,we are fast , efficient,and always a good clean up, any like-for-like quote can be beaten,we try to save are customers money on every thing we can,are team are friendly and professional with Great people skills.fairtraderoofs.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Adrian on 21/9/2017

Excellent work very happy with the work house looks like new again William and his team was clean fast and responsive look know more then here for your work . happy with every thing.

established in 1987 we are a small company working over surrey and west sussex we cover all the trades specializing in bathrooms and kitchens

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by David on 21/9/2017

Great job - can’t fault at all and would definitely recommend

Blacksmiths / Metal workers - what you need to know

What a blacksmith/metalworker can help with

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.
blacksmith illustration

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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