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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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At Atom we have 10+ experience in all areas of Home & Garden maintenance. All work is completed to a 5* level. We work with you to give you exactly what you want from our services.

Trades serviced: Home improvements, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Internal Painting & Decorating, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Sarah on 25/9/2017

Could not have asked for any better! Great, friendly team - pleasure to have working in the house & an amazing job done. Will use again for any future projects.

Hi my name is Carl.iv been a carpenter/joiner for 33 years I can supply all types of timber in hardwood and soft wood.can do most aspects of joinery work mostly made on site to the customers requirements.all fitted to the highest standard.

Trades serviced: Home improvements, Loft Conversion, Wooden staircases, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by katy on 25/9/2017

Carl did a fabulous job designing and building a huge unit in our living room. We were very impressed with his work and would highly recommend him. He is a lovely chap and was a pleasure to have around the house.

Hello, thank you for visiting my profile. My name's Darek I come from Poland .I have 15 years of experience in decorating , wallpapering,plastering and flooring.I enjoy my job I always keen on taking on new challenges .Call me and check me out .

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Laminate Flooring, Wooden Decking, Wooden Sash Window, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

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Reviewed by Nick on 25/9/2017

I strongly recommend using the services of Darek - he is very professional and trustworthy. He was always on time and always progressing according to our initial agreement. He painted the full apartment and has done an excellent job. He also installed laminate flooring in two rooms and again delivered everything on time and as agreed. Pricing was fair and there were no surprises at all. Overall excellent!

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements, Loft Conversion

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Reviewed by nita on 25/9/2017

great work and done quickly and very proffessionally

We recognise that undertaking home improvements can be a stressful time,which is why we minimise any uncertainty you may have. Each member of the team specialises in there respected trade, our staff are fully insured committed to high level of workmanship

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

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Reviewed by hassib on 25/9/2017

the cancellation had nothing to do with the 12 week delay or any of the excuses he made. I offered him to do the job a different design but he had his mind set already on another job. I have screenshots showing him communicating in a rude manner and was swearing over the phone.

Astyle roofing and plastics has 15 years of industry experience providing the highest possible quality to are clients,if it is a repair or a full reroof that you require please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free Quote

Trades serviced: Loft Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Slate & Tiled Roof

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Reviewed by Sharon on 25/9/2017

Responded within minutes of my job being advertised. Came out same day to look at work and give quote and then agreed a day to carry out the job. As it was weather permitting, we were kept informed all the way. Tidy work and a pleasure to deal with !!

I'm a local electrician based in Fareham. 12 years experience in the electrical industry. I'm competitively priced as it's just me, my van and my tools. No office or staffing costs. I'm fully insured & registered as an approved contractor with the NICEIC.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Digital Home Network, Internal lighting, Electrical installation / Testing, Sound & Audio Visual Installation, Electric underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Eddie on 25/9/2017

Everything Alfie did from our first contact, his speedy quote, him turning up on time and to him finishing the job in the time he specified was excellent and I would recommend him to anyone.

We have a 20-year guarantee with all our work that we do, we give an affordable price with an amazing service. Please get in touch now for a FREE quote. p2proofing

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Home improvements, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Slate & Tiled Roof, Zinc / Metal Roof

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Reviewed by Susan on 25/9/2017

Michael Cowen was quick to come out and gave a very thorough quote for various jobs on my flat roof. He started work just a week afterwards and despite the bad weather, worked all day to try and get the job completed but had to order parts. He spoke to me about the progress of the job and problems he was encountering as they cropped up so there were no unpleasant surprises. He asked for a deposit up front and I was skeptical but I can vouch for his honesty, reliability and a job well done. I recommend him

All aspects of building work done from design to planning . Kitchens installed and bathrooms. Wardrobes supplied and fitted

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by Shahida on 25/9/2017

Excellent from start to finish

Here at Elite roofing Homeimprovements, we pride ourselves on reputation. Having over 17yrs experience in the building industry, you can rest assure on getting a good job done. We give professional advice and offer a customer satisfaction guarantee.

Trades serviced: House extension, Home improvements, Garden Wall, Landscaping, Stone / Concrete Paving, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by Liz on 25/9/2017

Clayton and his team did a great job with the roof and worked hard. I would definitely use elitehomeimprovements again.

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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