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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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We are Commercial and Domestic glazing contractors covering all of Northern Ireland. We provide a 24hr boarding and securing service. We also carryout all types of joinery and minor building works up to 15k.

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Mark on 23/4/2018

John did exactly what I asked him for. He came promptly and quoted, giving ideas and sharing his experience. If we decide to go ahead I'll definitely be getting him out again

Hi have been in the building trade for over 20 years and have a vast experience in landscaping including decking slabing turfing and fences I also do garden maintenance including scarifying and aerating ,full lawn care.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Anne on 23/4/2018

The job was very well done, with no mess left behind and at a very reasonable rate. Also it is a pleasure to deal with Gordon.

Our distribution centre is based in Manchester but we have designers / project managers and fitting teams located throughout the UK .

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Fitted kitchens, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Kitchen design / Installation

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Reviewed by Rob on 23/4/2018

In reflection, my rating was a little unfair. The design you offered was high spec and a reasonable price, just out of my price range.

i have been painting and decorating now for over 25 yrs,specialities include new builds,start to finish and making good on older properties.External work and internal work,no job to big or small.i have painted many pulic houses,hotels to a high standard.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by Shirley on 23/4/2018

Overall excellent work just needs to be a bit more attentive to prepping would recommend them to friends

we are a family run business specialists in all types of property maintenance.my father started our company some 40 years ago and my myself have been involved for 25 years.we pride A-LINE on customer satisfaction.our motto if you cant reach why risk it !!

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Stacey on 23/4/2018

Very pleased with response time and all work carried out made my life a lot easier will defo use again

Everlasting rooflines LTD offers a full range of roofing repairs and installations PVC U fascias soffits guttering cladding and dry verge systems installing all kind of roofs in the highest standards tiled,flat,pitch and slate roofs on all domestic properties

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Home improvements

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Reviewed by susan on 23/4/2018

israel has just replaced all the gutters facia dry verge caps did excellent job would defo use them again.

Here at J.Wilson Carpentry & Maintenance we cover a wide variety of 1st & 2nd fix carpentry along with general building maintenance to a very high standard. Our prices are very competitive and also offer free quotations. We are all time served, trusted and reliable tradesmen and we can offer every trade to meet your requirements. We looking foward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Matthew on 23/4/2018

Josh was punctual, polite and most importantly, solved the problem to an excellent standard. Josh came to the house and, seeing that it was fixable there and then, got on with it rather than drag it out for more ££. Deserves 5 star rating. Thanks Josh!

Ys paving we take pride in our work and have worked for David Wilson and Barrett homes we specialise in all your garden needs patios fencing grass cutting and much more

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by Jane on 23/4/2018

Really pleased with the standard of work and the price was good. Very good value for money. Would definitely recommend.

Watertight home improvements Don't move-IMPROVE & ADD VALUE TO YOUR PROPERTY.We specialise in ALLroofing,all types of building &.DPC.work & uPVC roofline.Approved & certificated installers of EPDM Firestone RubberCover roof system.FULLY,INSURED 100 RADIUS

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Damp Proofing, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular

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Reviewed by Keith on 23/4/2018

Extremely professional and very hard working team. My new tiled roof looks amazing . James is very eager to please and wants to give a professional and perfect job. Also had my flat roof re done as it was in two heights and was bubbling on top. The roof was stripped and made equal height and re laid with rubberised covering and new facia boards. We are so pleased and thoroughly satisfied with James and his friendly, hard working men.

The Home & Garden company are experts in Building, Joinery, Landscapes, Driveways & Fencing. Quality and reliability, with Free Estimates 7 days a week HARROGATE - YORK - LEEDS - WETHERBY - RIPON - THIRSK

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Roslyn on 23/4/2018

We are delighted with the quality of work undertaken by Eithen Thomas and take pleasure in rating him very highly and recommending his work in every detail. His quote for the work was very reasonable and competitive. The quote was stuck to at every point. Eithen worked continually to a high standard and the photographs provided are witness to the excellent standard of the work carried out. Eithen is pleasant, hard working and trustworthy. I have recommended his company to others with total confidence.

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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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