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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 are a family company with over 20 years experience working throughout Cyprus , Greece and Italy. We registered our company in the UK in January 2018. We hope to grow our business through our reputation for quality workmanship and recommendation from our growing number of satisfied customers

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Colin on 22/2/2018

We took a chance on a new company and were pleased with both value for money and workmanship. Seeing the quality of work we increased the job to include replacing the toilet, plastering and replacing the skirting board. Gabrielle's project management was excellent, (including sourcing and transporting a new toilet complete with all fittings). They removed shoes through the house and put left over tiles and plaster in the garage for us. Be prepared for long working days! More than happy to recommend them.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Ruth on 22/2/2018

Very happy. Thank you. Prompt, friendly, knew what he was doing, went over and above the basic job. I would definitely recommend.

Jc landscaping is a family run buisness with 100s of happy Customers no job to big or to small all aspects of landscaping & roofing

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Colin on 22/2/2018

Work was carried out to satisfaction the original job was for repointing the chimney however we were pleased how the job was done and decided to go ahead to have the Roof of the house cleaned and treated which now looks like new and also the block paving driveway Was grubby with weeds growing and they cleaned that it now looks like it's just been laid and treated with weed killer and sealed really good job .

First call co op was established 7 years ago, we are based in Neath, we offer all aspects of home improvements, landscape gardening and cleaning services.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting, Electric underfloor heating, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Matthew on 22/2/2018

After just having my kitchen tiled by Kirk I would highly recommend his services to anyone looking for a hardworking, quality trades person. Determined to finish the job to a high standard aswel as being professional and polite throughout the work. Would like to say a big thank you and will definitely be using him again.

We are a family business, specialising in high quality bespoke plastering. We are committed to providing excellent customer satisfaction for both plastering and building services. We have many years experience and have full public liability insurance.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Ian on 22/2/2018

Did an excellent job. Was a very presentable person, A prompt and conscientious worker. I would highly recommend.

We are two fully qualified Carpenters with advanced craft qualifications. We specialise in high quality workmanship in the carpentry and building sectors.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Annie on 22/2/2018

Unprofessional and unreliable. Didn't show up for the job I booked with them. No apology or phone call.

Dear customers, I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce our company GF Building and Refurbishment Contractor Ltd is an insured company and is engaged in a wide range of services in the construction field.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Jackson on 22/2/2018

The work was fine for a couple months, but I ended having to reseal the entire shower because the caulking separated in several places and leaked. Inspecting the work, it's obvious that there wasn't sufficient caulking / contact in the first place. The drywall was damaged again, which is another to-do item for me now.

I AM A LOCKSMITH OFFERING EMERGENCY LOCK OPANING AND LOCK FITTING / REPLACE IN THE NORTH WEST I AIM TO BE PRICED COMPETITIVELY AND HONIST WITH SECURITY NEEDS I OFFER A RANGE OF SKILLS WITCH I CAN HELP WITH AND HONERD TO HAVE YOUR BUSINESSES NCFE 4

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar Repairs, CCTV installation, Door Opening, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by David on 22/2/2018

Was 3 hours late, before the lock was working, albeit not working perfectly, after he left, the lock wouldn't work at all, this meant I could not leave my flat as it wouldn't lock. Said he would come again to fix the lock that he broke, never turned up, contacted him again twice, said he was coming, but never turned up. Took full payment but never came to fix the lock that he broke. So I actually up paid him to make things worse. Ended up having to pay another real locksmith to come and fix his mess.

Doors,Wooden flooring,Laminate flooring,garden office,Decking,Stairs,wardrobes and much more.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Conservatory, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Fitted kitchens

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Reviewed by Sharon on 22/2/2018

Great job really pleased with the price and how quickly , efficiently the work was done. Workmanship was perfect I will definitely use Cristi buildings again on any projects I have. Cristian is polite and just gets on with the job

We Are A Friendly, Reliable & Local Electrical Business Who Takes Pride In The Work We Do. All Electrical Work Undertaken No Matter The Size.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Burglar Repairs, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation

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Reviewed by Jeannie on 22/2/2018

Yes he did a great!job at a reasonable price

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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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