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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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All aspects building services are a fully insured company, always striving to deliver the best results for clients and customers. Covering ALL ASPECTS of the building trade. Call for a no obligations free quote!!!

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

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Reviewed by Graeme on 24/9/2017

Very good work, input and advice - patient with us as we changed details as job progressed - I would use them again and recommend them.

We provide all Building Work: Electrical,,Lighting,Wiring, Internal renovation, Kitchens ,Bathrooms, Through Walls,Ceilings, plastering,Skimming,External renovation,Pointing ,Extensions, loft Conversions, Garage Conversion

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

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Reviewed by pinky on 24/9/2017

They did a very clean job. I am quite happy with their attitude and work rate along with the quality of work. Dust sheets and plastic covers were placed everywhere. I was supposed they even put a protective cover upto the loo. They thoroughly cleaned up at night and asked me for any snagging. Very professional

Redbridge B&M stands for Redbridge building and maintenance. We build extensions, loft conversions, sheds, and garages. Also, we fit kitchens, bathrooms and everything else. We are recommended over the years for being honest, friendly and trustworthy.

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

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Reviewed by Chireen on 24/9/2017

Excellent job . Very happy with the work. Will use this company again.

No job too small

Trades serviced: Home improvements, Porch / Canopy, Wooden staircases, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Laminate Flooring

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Reviewed by Val on 24/9/2017

Nigel arrived at the time agreed. Very friendly, listened to what we wanted and gave advice. Completed the job quickly and efficiently charging a very reasonable price. Wouldn't hesitate to contact Nigel again if I needed any other works done.

Garden maintenance/ garden design/ general gardening/ garden fences /decking

Trades serviced: Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Design, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance, Garden Wall

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Reviewed by Manas on 24/9/2017

I had been looking for a garden landscaper for some time now and finally landed with the right team through rated people. Nikolay and his team were extremely professional, sincere & most hard working. They did a thorough job and left 'no stone unturned' - literally. They were upfront with the cost - straight talking much to my delight. We felt them to be very trustworthy given they were doing the job with so much of interest & dedication. Would highly recommend them. They would maintain our garden as well.

Shell construction services: foundation, brick work, roof, structural work, beams, & all the Shell work, we have an experienced architect and structural engineer, we can apply for planning permission, and building control inspectors approval

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

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Reviewed by alex on 24/9/2017

Really good job, thank you.

Up and Over Property Maintenance - Specialist in Roof Repairs, Exterior Painting, UPVC Fascias & Soffits, Guttering and all aspects of Roofing. A Family Run Business with over 45 years of knowledge and experience.

Trades serviced: Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by Chris on 24/9/2017

I couldn't fault the service or the work done. The guys were helpful, friendly and got on with my job quickly, finishing to the time and price quoted. Also did some work for a friend who was very pleased as well. Happy to use them again and do recommend them.

Growing company with three directors, friends since school all with a passion for landscaping. Striving to achieve your gardens full potential no matter what your budget is.

Trades serviced: Internal Painting & Decorating, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Design, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by James on 24/9/2017

We're really pleased with the overall standard of work Charlie and the team produced, transforming our garden from a total mess it was! Some aspects of the design we figured out during the build, and Charlie was patient and accommodating throughout.

We undertake a huge variety of work to a very high standard-I have over 7 years of experience as a multi skilled tradesman and have a high number of repeat customers. We are reliable, trustworthy, honest and reasonably priced to give you 100% satisfaction

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Home improvements, Loft Conversion

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Reviewed by William on 24/9/2017

Ben done a great job for us highly recommend you will not be disappointed.

Welcome, My name is Rafal and we are a roofing company with over ten years experience. We offer all aspects of roofing including new roofs , re-roofs to simple single tile repairs. We are specialised in lead work, chimneys, fascias, soffits and guttering.

Trades serviced: Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by thomas on 24/9/2017

Cannot get up on my roof, but problem seems to be solved. Workers turned up when they said they would, did the job with no fuss and left the site clean and tidy, all a person could ask for!

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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