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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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Established in 2016 as a new venture to provide a new customer friendly carpentry and joinery experience. We set out our business aims with one thing in mind (COMPLETE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION). We strive to meet all of our customers demands

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Rhiannon on 16/2/2018

Fantastic job fitting our new doors , Will defiantly be using this company again to do more carpentry work around the house.

Handyman, building, landscaping, painting. Public liability insurance. All major debit and credit cards payments accepted for payment convenience.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Burglar Repairs, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Steve on 16/2/2018

Dan proved to be a very reliable and friendly tradesman who quoted less than I expected. He consulted me at every step where additional work might be needed and was very flexible. More than pleased with end result - already hired him for another job

jfk home improvements we are a company business that has been around since 1988 in the warrington area we do upvc and roofing any more questions we will be happy to help contact joe

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by Lynne on 16/2/2018

Quick friendly service at a great price. Would recommend Joe and his team Will definitely use again Thanks Joe

recently returned to north east ,after working many years in london working on prestigous contracts ,hard working non smoker and very reliable . .over 30 years experience in building industry including fencing patios plastering ect

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Stuart on 16/2/2018

Micheal the painter is a very nice lad he has painted a few rooms in my House and I’m very ecstatic with his work and would recommend this lad to anyone. Cheers and thank you very much

Hi as you can see I am new to rated people but have vast experience in the work that I do. I specialise in tree maintenance, turfing, flagging, fencing and all other aspects of gardening, We aim to provide the best service to suite all budgets.

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

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Reviewed by martina on 16/2/2018

Absolutely chuffed.....thank you! ????

BW Roofing and Building Specialist Specialising in all types of flat and tiled roof replaced or repaired / All types of bricks walls, paths and patios

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, External wall painting, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by John on 16/2/2018

A bit more expensive than the budget I had posted but the job was done quickly and courteously. My wife cleaned up the resultant mess (moss) while the man was working above - I would not recommend this, though.

Providing hard and soft landscaping/ground working services for over 20 years. Specialising in garden design, mono blocking, driveways, patios, foundation work, drainage, decking, fencing, turfing, artificial grass and garden maintenance. Fully insured.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by JP on 16/2/2018

Never shows up, 2 day job took 3 weeks! Wouldn’t recommend

Welcome to ROOF CARE proud to be rated people's most rated roofing services for South wales, we gained this by the way we take pride In our work and professionalism through out our team, with over 20 years experience in the industry, we are a pround member of the confederation of roofing contractors where our work is covered by a insurance backed warranty plus our guarantee, We take care of every thing from start to finish such as scaffolding,skips,materials etc, ALL you got to do is sit back and admirer the high standard of work we will carry out for you, on completion of works you be issued with all your warrantys and invoice Fully insured Fully health and safety trained (ALL STAFF ARE EMPLOYED NO SUB CONTRACTORS) I over see all jobs my self this helps me keep my ratings high We specialise in: Slating and welsh slating Tiling Dormer tiling Firestone flat roofs (approved) Grp flat roofs (approved) Flat roof balcony Roof lanterns Conservatories roof replacements Corrugated sheeting Chimney removals, repairs & rebuilds Roof Windows fitted Lead work Pvc fascias gutters etc Roof cleaning Gutter cleaning Roof repairs Roof ventilation (ALL OUR WORK IS FULLY GUARANTEED)

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, End of tenancy cleaning, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Lindon on 16/2/2018

At first everything appeared fine, other than It took several calls to get them to remove all the rubbish. I have never received the written fifteen year roof guarantee I was promised. There is a damaged tile on the roof. I have contacted Craig several times, and he has promised to visit to fix. He has failed to do so. I am taking advise from the Trading Standards Office, and will have to contact another roofer to fix my roof. I would recommend staying well away from this company.

The people who take pride in our work!!

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Dan on 16/2/2018

AVOID THIS COMPANY. Frank Sykes is not to be trusted.I had the misfortune of getting this guy to repair a leak in my roof is quote seemed high £500 but it was urgent and he was willing to fix it immediately. He took about an hour to do it. When it started leaking again i got back in touch but no response. I then got a proper contractor round who said what Frank had done (basically clean the flashing and paint a sealant over it) was worth about £50. We were conned.

We are local trustworthy company no job too big or too small My company has been running for 10 years

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Damp Proofing, Demolition, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Lee on 16/2/2018

Phone yesterday.finished today. Thats quality in my book.

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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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