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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, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Jiri on 24/6/2018

A very bad experience with this man. My disadvantage was that I had a deadline to complete a job and this man offered his service, in the beginning he seemed very genuine but turned out taking advantage, overall doing very careless job of whatever he touched. Eventually he asked to be paid in advance, over charged me and promised once the plastered wall is dry he'd be back and finish it off. He never returned. Beware! Beware! Beware! Happy to be contacted by anyone to give more information. Jiri Smid.

We are a new Neath based roofing business but with years of experience in fibreglass and new tile/slate roofs. We do all aspects of roofing from repairs to facias,gutters, chimney removal and lead work. We are fully certified in rubber roof installs to.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Flat roof- installation / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Leadwork, Lock fitting / Repair

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Reviewed by Martyn on 24/6/2018

Went over and above what I had asked for and showed me areas of my roof which will become problematic and thus will allow me to act rather then react. I will be using him again in the very near future to put a new roof on. If this is his normal service then I would tell people to use him with confidence. p.s. I am not a mate, family member or in any way connected with this company.

Here at Jakes, we aim to provide high quality, reliable and value for money services to the public and private sector which fulfill our customers’ requirements in Cornwall. With over 10 years experience.Fully qualified tree surgeon and fully insured.

Trades serviced: Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition, External wall painting, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Les on 24/6/2018

We had a long term garden maintenance contract set up with Jake, he went once. All types of contact were ignored. By this time our mother was very upset everyday & at risk of falling on the overgrown garden, I informed Jake about this, but got no reply. Eventually I got an SMS to say he wouldn’t be going again. So now we have a broken contract, a very unhappy, upset 87 year old lady with dementia that doesn’t understand why her garden is at the moment like a jungle. Very unprofessional & uncaring.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork

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Reviewed by Dale on 24/6/2018

Initial rating was changed from good to bad, to to reflect the poor workmanship that occurred after the initial job. A shame really as we had plenty of work available. His plasterer, is also very good. No receipts were ever provided for work undertaken. Trading standards and HMRC will be notified.

Roofing Specialist , we offer a straightforward hardworking efficient roofing and building service .

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Carpet fitters, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Amy on 24/6/2018

Done two jobs for me , no stress whatsoever. Will definitely use in future.

Call us for any work you have no job to big or small. Happy to give free quotes also offer asap repairs to any home improvements

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, External wall insulation

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Reviewed by Matthew on 24/6/2018

Turned up on time, identified issues quickly, guttering on conservatory needed re-sealing, brickwork up the side needed re-pointing and gutter needed clearing. Job done efficiently and looks good. Would recommend and would use again.

Djm services can be found on fb and yell. Com and gumtree, we offer gardening and landscape services including driveways ect

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance, Landscaping

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Reviewed by Dave on 23/6/2018

Derek was very responsive to messages before the work commenced. The team arrived on the date agreed and worked very hard for 5 days to get the job done. The garden looks fantastic and there was great workmanship throughout. All done for a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Taking on all aspects of internal plastering We have over 10 years experience plenty of references and a portfolio of work. Respectful, professional, reliable, clean and tidy we give 110% on every job whether it be a full house or a single wall. And strive to make customer satisfaction our main goal. Have experience on large commercial sites to small domestic jobs. Give us a message or a call and we will aim to complete your works ASAP.

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Damp Proofing, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, External Rendering, External wall insulation

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Reviewed by PAUL on 23/6/2018

Ryan just finished plastering . He travelled from Darwin to Littleborough so doesn't have a problem commuting. He did lots of little extra jobs for us at no extra cost. He takes pride in his work and if he isn't happy with it will re-do it until he is. He also knows people in the trade and fixed us up with a joiner to do our decking. He also helped out with it. I am happy to have him back to do the k rending on our extension. All nice lads.

Hello from kingsmeadow We are a local based company started trading 2000 and have gone from strength to strength over the years Here are some of the services we offer Extensions Grp roofing Drainage Blockpaving Artificial grass Decking Fencing And much mpre We are not scared to take on a challenge We are alway happy to quote you

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Flat roof- installation / repair

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Reviewed by Kate on 23/6/2018

Really pleased with our new garden fence. Kevin & team worked well and would recommend them.

Hi everyone. I come from a painting background with more than 9 years of experience and over the time I've been doing other things like tiling, plumbing, electric, fencing, flooring, gardening, etc. My aim is to make my customers happy!

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs, Door / Window painting, Door Replacement, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/6/2018

Petru was very friendly and professional, turned up on time and got the job done brilliantly. Would recommend him to anyone and will certainly use him again if I need a similar job doing. Thanks Petru!

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Blacksmiths / Metal workers - what you need to know

What a blacksmith/metalworker can help with

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.

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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