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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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We pride ourselves in providing a first class service with a professional but friendly manner.We can provide all of your structural, architectural and bespoke steelwork needs.Our excellent reputation and long list of satisfied clients speak volumes.

Trades serviced: Metal staircases, Metal kitchen worktops, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Security Fencing, Security Gates & Bollard, Security Grill

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Reviewed by James on 23/9/2017

Good job!

We are a family run business with over more than 20 years experience we pride ourself on quality done jobs .

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing, Garden Shed / Playhouse, External wall painting, External Tiling, Stone / Concrete Paving

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Reviewed by Lesley on 23/9/2017

Job well done, in the time quoted, at a fair price. Have asked them back to do some more work. Happy to recommend.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Wooden Doors - Internal, Laminate Flooring, Solid wood flooring, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Somiya on 23/9/2017

Amazing work, much appreciated.

groundworks 10 years exp

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

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Reviewed by Robert on 23/9/2017

Onsite next day and looks great

We offer a wide range of services from landscaping,decorating,building works and more please ask what other services we provide

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Home improvements, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Bikhram on 23/9/2017

came to quote, agreed a deposit for materials and day to start, never came on the day as had a family death and would come the following day. Following day never turned up. Arranged to start in a further 2 days time as he assured me he would be able to start despite the death. 2 days later never turned up again and said he was sorry and would give my deposit back, 3 weeks later no deposit refund and not contacted me again. Thankfully small deposit. Stay away. Unreliable

Tailored quality service for garden and outdoor projects. Structures, Soils & Plants. Over 20 years experience, technically qualified. Design, construction, planting, remedy and upkeep. 'A garden is a place to be, to be with peace and beauty.'

Trades serviced: Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Shutter, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/9/2017

Excellent service. Quick, clean and tidy super job also came in under buget will definitely be using his services again. David and his crew are nice people as well !

At top of the ladder roofing we pride our self's on being on time and doing a cleaner and professional job at competitive rates

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

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Reviewed by Nicola on 23/9/2017

It's been a pleasure doing business with William. He contacted me within a very short time of my job being posted. Came round the next day to see exactly what needed doing. He gave me an extremely reasonable and fair price for the work and arranged to come back within 2 days (on a Saturday) and do the work. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and should I have an issue with my roof again in the future - I know who to contact.

General maintenance service. Experienced multi trade service including home extensions and complete renovation projects. Shelves mounted, pictures, mirrors & cabinets hung, flat pack assembly, curtain rails & TV mounting. End of tenancy clean...

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Home improvements, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork, General Fitted Furniture, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by deborah on 23/9/2017

Gordon turned up when he said he would, assembled the funiture and cleared up after the work was finished. Really pleased with the work and furniture.

Family run & fully insured business with over 15 years experience in Plumbing Drainage & General Maintenance From burst pipe's or block drains !WERE IDEAL FOR YOU! with no callout charge and free quotation for all works undertaken find us on Facebook.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Home improvements, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Ed on 23/9/2017

Can't fault. On time, no mess, job done. And all for very reasonable price. Would definitely recommend and use again.

WJS Roofing Services are a friendly family run business that offers a wide range of roofing services on domestic and commercial properties. We offer competitive rates without compromising on the quality of our workmanship.

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Porch / Canopy, Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork

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Reviewed by Lyn on 23/9/2017

He came and told me he would be round on the Friday and gave me a price ,which I thought was good .Any way it was raining on the Friday so he rung and said he wouldn't be able to do it which was fine but he promise I would be first on his list he said he would ring me when he would be round well he never ever got back to me I rung him 3or 4 times and all I got was answer machine saying he would ring back well it has been 3 weeks or more and not heard a word from him so I would definitely not recommend him.

Blacksmiths / Metal workers - what you need to know

What a blacksmith/metalworker can help with


  • 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.


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.


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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