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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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H.s construction is a family run business with high quality standards with have been on rated people for last three years with great reviews but due to a technical issue with rated people I lost all my ratings but I have copy's. Your job is in good hands

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by Scott on 20/2/2018

The team arrived promptly, they cleared all my gravel rear garden bagged up and put it on my front drive as asked they cleaned up the very best they could. They made no marks at all going through my house to the front carrying the sacks all 30 of them. Highly recommend

Hi my name is nigel i have been in the building trade most of my life my farther was a builder and I learnt all I know from him. I am a seasoned builder and landscape gardener. No job is too big or too small.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Sarah on 20/2/2018

Excellent communication and always turned up when he said he would. Quoted accurately and did a thorough and conscientious job. I’m very happy with my new guttering, fascias and downpipes!

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Alison on 20/2/2018

Fantastic service from quote to finish! Our new decking is just beautiful and while Matthew was with us we asked him to do some other jobs which were done with the same care and high standard as the decking. When the jobs were finished the whole area was left clean and tidy. Would highly recommend and he will definitely be our first port of call for any future jobs.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 20/2/2018

Lee was very professional and cleaned up after he finished. His work was excellent. Very polite and friendly. Came to see what work was required first gave a quote and came on time to complete work even though it was a wet day.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by Irene on 20/2/2018

Karl did a lovely job, he is so helpful and obliging. Nothing is too much trouble. He will be coming back to do other jobs for me and I will certainly recommend him to friends.

Small family business that aims to please by going that extra mile to make customers happy for the last 8 years. Any jobs considered,We aim for 100% satisfaction

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Vanessa on 20/2/2018

Fantastic job done by Joe, Nigel and the team last year. I am over the moon with my new, easy to look after garden! I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail and the complete focus on doing what I wanted, not what they thought was best - but with good advice given at the same time. Highly recommended.

Design Build & Conservation Ltd are a principal specialist restoration and building contractor, bringing restoration and conservation expertise to a wide range of commercial and domestic clients.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Anne on 20/2/2018

Andrew contacted me soon after i posted the job. We arranged a day and he turned up on time, was very professional, clean and tidy while doing his work. I am very happy and would use him again. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

Tamper security has a proven track record of innovative designs, effective problem solving and attention to detail our goal is to meet and exceed the expectations of every customer.We take on all types of jobs from small domestic work to larger commercial

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

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Reviewed by Abigail on 20/2/2018

Very pushy. Allowed less than 24 hours for us to review Facebook page. Rang and demanded answer so he could take down his response on Rated People and get his money back. Said I had promised to ring him this morning; I have no recollection of that but I said I would ask my husband to review his Facebook page. Latest positive comments appear to date for 2014. We did look at the page, but need to consider before rushing into a jopb in less than 24 hours.

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

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Reviewed by Mike on 20/2/2018

David was quick to get in touch and provided an accurate quote from seeing photos. He and his team arrived bright and early and completed the job to a great standard and he took the time to fix an unforseen issue that arose due to the new concrete posts being slightly thinner than the old timber ones (leaving a small gap). Will definitely use him again. Thanks.

Welcome to ROOF CARE proud to be rated people's most rated roofing services for South wales, we gained this by the way we take pride In our work and professionalism through out our team, with over 20 years experience in the industry, we are a pround member of the confederation of roofing contractors where our work is covered by a insurance backed warranty plus our guarantee, We take care of every thing from start to finish such as scaffolding,skips,materials etc, ALL you got to do is sit back and admirer the high standard of work we will carry out for you, on completion of works you be issued with all your warrantys and invoice Fully insured Fully health and safety trained (ALL STAFF ARE EMPLOYED NO SUB CONTRACTORS) I over see all jobs my self this helps me keep my ratings high We specialise in: Slating and welsh slating Tiling Dormer tiling Firestone flat roofs (approved) Grp flat roofs (approved) Flat roof balcony Roof lanterns Conservatories roof replacements Corrugated sheeting Chimney removals, repairs & rebuilds Roof Windows fitted Lead work Pvc fascias gutters etc Roof cleaning Gutter cleaning Roof repairs Roof ventilation (ALL OUR WORK IS FULLY GUARANTEED)

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, End of tenancy cleaning, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Lindon on 20/2/2018

We found a damaged tile, sometime after the job had been completed. Craig has revisited and replaced it.

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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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