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Reviewed by Adrian on 16/8/2018

I asked Henry for a quote regarding a leaking roof. He turned up on time and inspected both inside and outside. He told me how long the job would take, how it would be done and why. We agreed that it was more work than initially expected and he gave me a really competitive quote - (which was the same as other companies who attended.) The only reason that I didn’t take him on was that I found someone local who could do the job almost immediately. Nice honest guy, who was a pleasure to deal with.

Our services covers all aspects of gardening from regular grass cutting, to hard and soft landscaping, flagging and resurfacing. We can assist if your garden is looking overgrown, the hedges need cutting back or your trees have got too tall. Pressure cleaning of patios ,driveways etc Fencing Indoor and exterior painting Gutter cleaning and repair Grass cutting Turfing Pruning Hedge cutting Garden landscaping Flower bed maintenance Tree maintenance Flagging, concrete & block paving Upvc cleaning And much more..............

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Reviewed by S on 16/8/2018

Very helpful. I managed to get my job done. Would recommend

Welcome to Ross Property care a family run business with 16 years experience in property repairs & maintenance our professional, efficient and reliable handymen are just one call away to fix all your “to do” list with no hassle involved. Ross Property care is the best solution for all your property maintenance needs, no matter how small or how big the job is. We serve both commercial and residential customers in Edinburgh, Lothian and Scottish Borders area. By choosing RPC you have guaranteed: ? job done at the highest standards on every visit ? agreed appoitments and timing followed ? no mess left behind when job is done ? no extras and hidden charges ? you pay just for work done . We pride ourselves on the high standards out work is finished to . First class workmanship at affordable prices . Below I have listed some of the services we offer - letting agent and land lord services -rot and mould -mastic and silicone replacement - handyman services -All aspects of joinery work - tilling -wet wall panelling - painting and decorating - small plumbing jobs - laminate flooring , carpets ,linoleum ELECTRICAL - new sockets or extra sockets - new light fittings - fit cookers - exterior garden sockets EXTERIOR - Decking -slabbing - build Huts - fencing - build small walls - gutter repairs and cleaning - slate repairs - flat roof repairs SMALL JOBS - plasterboard repairs - new toilet seats - new door handles - shelving - cleaning services on request - and all aspects of gardening - FULLY INSURED - and much more to much to list ANY JOB BiG OR SMALL WE DO IT ALL

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Reviewed by Catherine on 16/8/2018

William arrived on time, completed the job to my specifications, cleaned up as he went along, and even did a few extras for me. Excellent work. I'm pleased and I would use him again. Thank you.

THE PROFESSIONAL ALTERNATIVE TO DOING IT YOURSELF Professional and skilled multi-tradesman over 15 years experience. Passion for garden design. Excellent eye for detail, perfectionist, very neat, clean & tidy. Full crb checked, refs available on request.

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Reviewed by Aidan on 16/8/2018

Very good service, fair price.

with 25 years of experience, we pride ourselves on producing quality work for a reasonable price. so for all your home maintenance requirements give roofing & building a call

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Reviewed by Stephen on 16/8/2018

The job did cost a little more than I expected but he turned up on time at short notice and did a good job

J J Landscaping specialise in exterior property renovation and general garden maintenance. Includes-Block paving, flagging, fencing & turfing and garden clear outs. Also tree and stump removal. Fully covered with public liability insurance.

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Reviewed by Karen on 16/8/2018

Brilliant service from Joel and his two colleagues. Job done to a high standard and a few extras thrown in. Will definitely use them again.

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Reviewed by James on 16/8/2018

Didn't turn up for first meeting even though it was only booked the day before.

Yorkshire rooflines specialise in wide range of roofing service from one tile to a full roof , guttering and upvc , traditinal flat roofing and fibre glass ( grp) jet washing service to paths and patios fully insured please take a look at customer rating

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Reviewed by Mervyn on 16/8/2018

Very quick with the contact after seeing our requirements. Arrived in good time to see the required work the following day and gave the accepted quote. Work started and finished in one day, worked hard and left us happy with the result.

Here at Precise Property Developments we pride ourselves on the retention of our customers and as such customer satisfaction goes to the very core of our work.

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Reviewed by Graham on 15/8/2018

Jason and his team did a thoroughly professional job, advising on alternative & additional aspects not in the original plan. He maintained a very good schedule and was flexible when the overall job was occasionally delayed. I would certainly recommend Jason and his team.

Hi it's pmh roofing we have been In business for 25 years we offer a full range of roofing services from one tile to complete new roof new flat roofs fibreglass roofs or PVC Fascia boards soffits guttering dry verge caps dry Ridge system a minimum of five year guarantee to a maximum of 25 year guarantee on all work we are Fully Insured for up £2million all our team work to a very high standard

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Reviewed by Katie on 15/8/2018

Very quick turn around. Job completed in timely manner and tidy at end of work.

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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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