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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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Hi, I am Stefan. It is always very important for me that my clients are satisfy with my help, therefore I always make sure that l have done all my best. I have got experience of over 13 years in different fields, such as kitchen and laminate fitting, etc.

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

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Reviewed by Laura on 18/9/2017

Good quality wardrobes built, precise and well built. Always on time, kept areas clean and tidy. Highly recommended

Quality garden maintenance and landscaping carried out to the highest standard. Competitive prices. Quality products. Quotes supplied. I offer a maintenance service on all gardens so you don't need to worry. Not to be associated with RCG based @ Clydebank

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

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Reviewed by Jim on 18/9/2017

Billy was excellent, despite short notice he managed to fit me in and turned up when he said he would. Billy is a good communicator and kept in touch to let me know his plans. He did a great job and tidied up after himself and is not afraid of hard work, definitely would recommend.

Secure Developments is a family business dedicated to getting the job you want done, the way you like it. We have been running for over 10 years and we specialist in landscaping and roofing. We pride ourselves in being trustworthy and reliable.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, Stone / Concrete Paving

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Reviewed by Harry on 18/9/2017

James and his team came round and gave me a very sensible quote. I wanted other work doing which they did also I was very impressed with their reliability and quality of work I hugely recommend them. Thanks again guys.

We are a small team that offers a range of garden maintenance and clearance. We are SEPA waste registered.

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

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Reviewed by Jill on 18/9/2017

Worked incredibly hard. Did an amazing job and cleared everything away. Certainly earned his money. Would use him again and highly recommend his work ethic.

Driveway company, who offer block and resin driveways, we also specialise in patios, fencing,turfing and other landscaping jobs. We offer top quality work at affordable prices.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Conservatory, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Martyn on 18/9/2017

Very happy with the result, Mark & co did a first class job and transformed our garden. Very pleased with the result.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Sheila on 18/9/2017

What a car crash of a job, my electric was tripping off, he said new fuse box needed, fitted next day...problem not solved...came next day found fault, went away & came back next day to fix. Twice he told me what time he was coming, and twice he failed to turn up at the said time, no texts or phone calls, although he did lie & say he had texted me....he hadn't, very unreliable. Wish I'd seen other reviews before I let him in:-{ His name is MARTIN YOUNG...see other review. Won't be using rated people again,

I provide very good and friendly service. I have 30 years of experience as a professional builder.

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

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Reviewed by Sylvia on 18/9/2017

I found this man very unprofessional. He put my sink in the same way as it was before when I had asked for it to be changed from left to right - because he did not listen. He asked for advance payments in cash, and changed his delivery day and his work day because someone else sent him away. He had no business card and I only had a verbal estimate - his mobile phone and his bank details. He messed up my water supply by turning the isolators off, so I needed a plumber to put it right. No qualifications.!

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, Stone / Concrete Paving, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences

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Reviewed by alan on 18/9/2017

Levi ( bob ) and his father did an excellent job, stuck to their quote, cleared up and were on time. I would certainly recommend them and will bear them in mind for any future jobs. Alan

I am a time served carpenter/joiner with over 35 years experience in all aspects of the trade and offer a clean, honest and professional service which I will provide at times convenient to you.

Trades serviced: Wooden staircases, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Laminate Flooring

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Reviewed by Natalie on 18/9/2017

Joe was lovely, carried out the work just as I wanted - the shelves look great

i have been in the glass and glazing industry for 35 years and carry out all aspects of repairs and fitting

Trades serviced: Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory, Porch / Canopy, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal, Wooden Shutter

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Reviewed by Clair on 18/9/2017

Super job. Quick response from placing the job to contact and completion. Highly recommend.

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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