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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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After succesfully running Cotswold Bathrooms and Plumbing for 4 years i have grown over time and becoming a very well trusted installer. we place a 3 Year Guarentee on all of our work we complete to give our customers peace of mind.

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

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Reviewed by Mark on 18/2/2018

Ben told me exactly what level of service I should expect and what he intended to deliver. He didn't disappoint. He was also very honest in explaining that aspects to the job were unnecessary so avoiding unnecessary cost. Highly recommended.

Reliable and Professional services.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, External Tiling

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 18/2/2018

A great service at a great price. Two really nice guys, very focussed on finishing every job to the best standard. Would very much recommend and will be using them again for a number of jobs moving forwards.

Time served full carpentry and joinery apprenticeship with advanced craft qualification. 25 years experience in the building industry mainly kitchen and bathroom floor and wall installation. Working to exacting standards at all times.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair

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Reviewed by andrew on 18/2/2018

Fantastic Job, very professional quote and no unexpected costs. The guys turned up bang on time and finished on schedule. I have asked them to come back and do my 2 bathrooms I am that pleased with their work ! Thanks so much chaps .

We are a small family run business with over 35years of experience in tree care gardening and landscaping

Trades serviced: Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Disabled Access / Mobility Service, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by James on 18/2/2018

Did a very honest job at a very honest price. Really pleased and would use again.

*New to Rated People* Closed View Security have over 12 years experience installing and maintaining electronic security from CCTV, Access Control, Intercoms and Intruder alarms. Our systems can be monitored privately by yourself or by a monitoring station. Please get in touch whatever your requirements for a free no obligation quote or just a bit of advice Closed View Security specialise in the design, installation, commissioning, verification and aftercare of electronic security systems. We specialise in providing intelligent security control system solutions to satisfy the evolving safety requirements of complex buildings. Closed View Security has over 10 years of experience in supplying a comprehensive range of high quality products and services which meet the exacting specifications of our clients. From new installations to system enhancements we make sure our clients have the correct level of security and safety to satisfy their long term requirements. we pride ourselves on: Partnerships with our clients; Professional and personal approach; Highly skilled engineers and reliable systems; Intelligent control systems; Design specification utilizing trusted manufacturers to deliver peace of mind and value for money; Deliverance of quality installations on time and in budget.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar Repairs, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Digital Home Network

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Reviewed by iain on 18/2/2018

Cant praise Matt enough. I had a few quotes come in. I decided on Matt due to price & the comprehensive info about the products. Great communication skills. He answered all my questions (and i asked a lot) quickly & comprehensively. Matt turned up on time & completed the job very professionally. I went with all of Matts recommendations on alarm, CCTV & security light. All are working well & all were very reasonable in price. Nice chap & a good service. Highly recommended.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Commercial pest control, Conservatory, Crown Reduction

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Reviewed by Steven on 18/2/2018

Walter turned up when he said he would and, in the course of a day and a half, jetwashed a path and patio and turned a messy, tired, end-of-winter garden into a smart, neat garden ready for summer. He pruned, weeded, replaced the garden edging and re-barked the garden. I couldn't have been happier with the result. More than happy to recommend him.

R.L.G property services are here to help, we take on outdoor and indoor work. Range from landscaping your garden to doing your patio or decorating your property and much more, no job to big or small. specialize in paving

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, External wall painting, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Sue on 18/2/2018

Would thoroughly recommend Ryan

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: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Paul on 18/2/2018

Great Job. Thank you. Would recommend again - prompt service and fair pricing.

The quality and beauty of a work go hand by hand.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Carpet fitters, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes, Floor Sanding & Finishing

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Reviewed by Craig on 18/2/2018

Great job by a very skilled tradesman. I’m very happy with the end result.

Here at NJC we thrive on delivering outstanding customer services and works of an excellent standard. We are lucky enough to have a small yet dedicated team that cover areas of works including decorating, roofing and electrics. We offer free quotations on all of our works and aim to get all works completed within 7 days of the quotation, in some instances we can complete works same day

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Andrew on 18/2/2018

Electrical work seems good and good quality fittings used. However got plaster mess all over clothes which were over the other side of the room - people were in the house so why didn't he ask for them to be moved. Also, went in my son's next door bedroom and removed his ceiling lightbulb! When asked, he used it to test the work he'd done and apologised but leaving a light fitting without a bulb in a child's bedroom (in a low dormer ceiling) is not excusable. Finally his plasterer failed to turn up.

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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.
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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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