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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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I am a sole trader with over 12 years experience in painting, decorating and carpentry. I am a hard worker and take pride in being reliable, trustworthy, and providing work of high quality.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Vicky on 24/2/2018

Damon and his team have been fantastic. They are reliable, finished on time, carry out their work to a high standard, at a competitive rate and are super courteous. I would definitely use Damon’s services again.

 If you are planning your home improvement project, we are here to make it happen. We are a North London based company, specialising in complete property refurbishments we take care of all aspects plumbing, electrics, carpentry, painting

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by MAtt on 24/2/2018

We liked Armando straight away. He's a lovely person and can't do enough for you. We wanted a garage opening widened. He responded to my request promptly and came round quickly, providing a quote straight away. It was a good price and we gave him the job. Armando performed the work well and to schedule. That's not the whole picture though, he went out of his way to help out with other tasks that weren't included in the quote, like taking unwanted stuff to the local dump. I can thoroughly recommend him.

All roofing work carried out, from a single tile or slate needing replaced to a whole new roof. Gutters cleaned, repaired and maintained. If you have an emergency leak or repair we are able to respond as soon as possible. Fully Insured.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, External Rendering

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Reviewed by David on 24/2/2018

Good job, would use them again

We are a team that work as a unit our main goal is customer satisfaction we can and have tackled the most difficult jobs that other company's refused to carry out. our team have been fully trained & have many years experience in all aspects of our work

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Flat roof- installation / repair, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Yvonne on 24/2/2018

I had a number of quotes, but Crystal Palace Landscape and Tree Surgery by far was the best. Job was professional carried out, with one of the team rigged up cutting back and reducing Acer tree. They did additional work by tidying, cutting back shrubs and clearing leaves and a good sweep up. I would definitely use again and would recommend. Well mannered and polite. So a reduced tree, a clean garden and I'm happy!

Here at cjdevelopments we undertake all landscaping work such as fencing, decking, paving, turfing, garden clearance and garden maintannce. All estimates & advice are free.

Trades serviced: Flat roof- installation / repair, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Wall, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Parus on 24/2/2018

Charlie provided a professional and honest service. Gave me the best price and then recommended some savings as well. Great finish, will definitely use again.

Need a hand? Someone friendly, reliable and cost-effective? We are Able4you !

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by Michael on 24/2/2018

Very professional - the guys turned up on time and worked very hard all day until they had built my new fence; they returned the following morning to clear up, leaving no mess behind. I am very satisfied with the standard of the work done and would certainly recommend this company to other people. Reading their website, it seems that they do a wide range of work and I will probably ask them to do futher jobs in the future.

Were a family run company based in essex and london who pride ourselves on honest practice and quality.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by melvyn on 24/2/2018

Cory done a superb job installing cctv and pir lighting, He had comprehensive knowledge and offered sound advice as well Would recommend him to anyone , very impressed

We at jh landscape gardening have many years expertise in all aspects of landscaping services.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Door / Window painting, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Jessica on 24/2/2018

Very reliable, easy to contact and a good job really well done. Thanks John!

I am a fully qualified kitchen and bathroom fitter with 15 years experience.I have been doing and I do work mainly kitchen fittings for the biggest builders in UK,like Barrat Homes,Barkeleys and Redrow all around London.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Amalia on 24/2/2018

Genti recently completed a total ensuite refurbishment for us. He provided an excellent and very professional service, including welcomed suggestions to work finishings.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Demolition, Flat roof- installation / repair, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Neil on 24/2/2018

prompt response to quoting and then carrying out agreed work on dates specified

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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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