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Alex

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

Over 10 years experience in everything that means building constructions. Interior work(Tiling,Carpentery and Joinery,Plumbing,Fitting,Plastering,Painting,...).Exterior work(Drainage,Brick/Block paving,Stone/concrete paving,Pointing,..).

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Reviewed by Shifa on 18/9/2018

Alex was extremely polite and so friendly. He left my living room looking perfect. Very reliable and Overall a lovely person. Would definitely recommend to anyone! Thank you!

SC PRICOP

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

Hi, I am Stefan. It is always very important for me that my clients are satisfy with my help, therefore I always make sure that l have done all my best. I have got experience of over 13 years in different fields, such as kitchen and laminate fitting, etc.

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Reviewed by Michael on 18/9/2018

All round excellence. Stefan arrives on time, works hard and non stop. Refuses drinks to get on with work. Consults on outcomes and gives good advice.. The finished job was excellent, and he does not leave any mess. I would recommend him to friends, relatives and anyone who seeks a high class job.

Clagz Plumbing and Property Services is a Cardiff based business. We offer domestic and commercial plumbing, heating, gas and property services to customers throughout South Wales. At Clagz Plumbing and Property Services we pride ourselves on price transparency, good honest advice and work completed to the highest standards. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced to attend and remedy any problems you have encountered.

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Reviewed by Gloria on 18/9/2018

Very good quality customer service and they knew exactly what they were doing at very affordable and reasonable prices. Very professional and excellent communication throughout the process. Would definitely recommend and would seek assistance in the future!

A R Building Services

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

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Reviewed by Elisha on 18/9/2018

Adam was very friendly, turned up on time and did a great job. I will definitely be using his services again.

We are local tradesmen that pride ourselves on quality workmanship and customer relations. Over 25 years of experience in all aspects of building and roofing solutions. Completion of all jobs carried out to the highest of standards. Emergency call out.

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Reviewed by Kathie on 18/9/2018

Got in touch with us and was really helpful. Fixed the wall in no time, left us with a brilliant new post and kept us in the loop every step of the way, the work is very neat and he's a really friendly person we felt comfortable with having do the work. Would definitely use again.

Vanna Services Limited

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

Vanna services limited is a results orientated construction & cleaning company for residential and commercial properties in London and surrounding areas

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Reviewed by Emre on 17/9/2018

Thanks. I look forward to improving this.

I have 30 years experience in the trade and my qualifications - City + Guilds with credits, Advanced City of Guilds with credit, F.T.C. Construction science, principles of construction + More. My team includes plumbers, electricians and all other trades.

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Reviewed by Kristina on 17/9/2018

What a fantastic job!! I was extremely happy with the re-pointing and painting work carried out by Rob. The work was carried out with maximum care and skill. He always showed up on time and was incredibly polite and professional. I wouldn't hesitate calling on his skills again. Great job.

YTS Build

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

We are a genuine family run business with a combined 40 years experience in the domestic construction industry. With a full team of Timed Served tradesmen which include Joiners, Electricians, Plasterers, & Bricklayers. We are experts in renovations, structural alterations, extensions, kitchens & bathrooms & general refurbishments.

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Reviewed by Martin on 17/9/2018

Yan and Tom were excellent. Went along with changes we made. Came up with alternatives when these were required and consulted with us every step of the way. Workmanship and timekeeping both excellent along with advice when reqd. Would use again without hesitation. Thanks to both of you.

By build

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

We are a family run business with over 30 years experience in the building trade. Our team of builders,decorators and roofers are some of the best in the business and are trained and certified. we won't be beaten on quality or price!!

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Reviewed by nathan on 15/9/2018

really fast quote which works great for us as we travel alot with work cheers

AE Home Improvements

Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork

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Reviewed by Ruchelle on 15/9/2018

An invoice was promised in retrospect. This not only did not arrive - but when the window leaked again - it was impossible to get in touch again. Do not employ this tradesperson.

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Steel fabrication / Structural steelwork specialists - what you need to know

What is a steelworker or steel fabricator?

Steelwork or steel fabrication might be something you’d associate with large-scale industrial projects. But if you’re looking to renovate your home, add a customised extension or a specialist feature like a mezzanine floor into an existing building, steelwork could be central to your project.

“Steels” (the jargon you’ll hear bandied about by tradespeople) will feature in nearly every home somewhere – usually in the form of lintels (an architectural support). But as our appetite for more creative extension and renovation projects expands, steelwork is now used to make any number of different structures possible. Think balconies, raised decking, modern extensions featuring large glazed panels, or simply specialist fencing or gating.

Sometimes bricks and mortar or even timber structures won’t be possible, due to space constraints, cost, or even particular load-bearing demands. This is where steelwork comes into its own – as it’s more versatile and therefore capable of bringing the grandest (or humblest) of projects to life. Steelworkers won’t just be able to install the structure though – most will also be able to produce (fabricate) the metal item too.

Cost of steelworking or steel fabrication services

There’s a huge variety of applications or services that steelworkers and steel fabricators can deliver. And that means there’s a huge variation in the cost for steelwork jobs too.

Typically, you’d expect to pay £55-£75 per metre for standard structural beams. For entire structures, the complexity will have a big impact on the cost. A simple galvanised steel-frame building could cost anywhere from £40-£200 per m2 depending on materials and the structural engineering requirements.

What are typical structural steelwork projects?

Structural steelwork involves creating all (or a load-bearing part) of a building. For home renovation or building projects, that means:

  • Entire structures – prefabricated buildings that are basically a steel-framed shell.
  • Roofing – a specific roof structure made from steel beams. Steel will be used where timber may not suitable, usually due to load-bearing demands or a specific design being required.
  • Staircases – traditionally these are timber constructions, but in certain cases steel is more suitable, again either for design or structural reasons

What do steel fabricators make?

Steel fabricators will usually be able to turn their hand to any number of jobs, such as:

  • Fencing – creating bespoke designs or sizes of fencing, tailored to precise requirements.
  • Gates – crafting a specific style or size of gate, as well as installing it to ensure it opens and closes smoothly.
  • Balconies – this overlaps with structural steelwork, as the balcony will need to be load bearing. In terms of the balcony design though, a steel fabricator can create custom styles or sizes according to your specifications.
  • Staircases – again, this will require both fabrication and structural work, but your steelworking expert will be able to craft a specialist or custom staircase according to your requirements.

The qualifications your steelwork and steel fabrication expert needs

Steelworkers and fabricators don’t require any formal qualifications, but some will have completed an apprenticeship before progressing on to gain further experience. And that experience is crucial, especially when it comes to structural work, which needs to be soundly manufactured and able to carry heavy loads.

Planning permission for steelwork and steel fabrication jobs

Steel work itself won’t require planning permission, but the structure it is used to create may need formal approval. If you’re considering a steel structure for an extension, building a new garage or even something as relatively straightforward as installing a balcony, it’s worth consulting the planning portal website before you give the green light to proceed with any steelwork.

Insurance for steelwork and steel fabrication

Most reliable and professional tradespeople will hold public liability insurance, but don’t make assumptions. Be sure to ask for a copy of their insurance, so you’re satisfied that both you and they are protected against accidental damage.

Questions you should ask your steelwork or steel fabrication expert

  • Can they provide a copy of their public liability insurance?
  • How many years of experience do they have?
  • For structural projects, do they provide a warranty on their work?
  • For steelwork projects, do they have photos of items they have previously produced?

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