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Carpentry Contractors: All You Need to Know

Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the contractor's primary work he performs is the cutting, shaping, and installation of building materials during the construction and installation of kitchens, timber frames, cabinet making, concrete formwork, etc. Traditionally carpentry contractors worked with natural wood and did rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes carpentry contractors now do the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building. 

What Do Carpentry Contractors Do?

  • Layout/design: Carpenters can select, measure and mark the materials for the project in order to guarantee that they are the right dimensions.
  • Cutting and Joining: Cutting can be done by using power tools or manual tools. The cutting process also will include any shaping work that must be completed. These materials are assembled by using nails, glue, screws or bolts, and rulers. The levels and other framing tools can be employed to guarantee accuracy when the parts are joined.
  • Estimates: Carpenters can provide estimates as to the number of materials that will be needed in order to complete the project.
  • Interpretation: Carpenters can interpret and read the plans and blueprints for a project in order to figure out the requirements.
  • Following building codes: Carpenters must follow the regulations that are set for by the local authorities whenever they are performing services.


carpenter using a table saw to cut timber

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Projects Carpenters Can Do

  • Doors: Carpenters can install, repair and replace various types of doors from the most standard type of door to decorative, antique-style doors. If the old frame for the door no longer functions properly, a new frame can be installed.
  • Windows: Carpenters also can install windows or work on repairs of old windows. They can also set up accessories for the windows such as hinges and openers.
  • Formwork: This formwork is required when concrete is laid on the property. A carpenter is the best professional for designing, building, and dismantling formwork and guaranteeing that it can last and hold up the structure.
  • Handrails: The handrails are important for guaranteeing that staircases, balconies, patios, and desks can be used safely and securely. Carpenters excel at work that requires timber so they can create a custom handrail that will suit the décor of your home and your personal tastes.
  • Building a deck: A carpenter has the ability to build a deck for your home so that you can enjoy the outdoors. The carpenter can also install the necessary accessories that are required including stairs, ramps, and handrails.
  • Architrave: These are a well-liked feature on almost any home as they encompass the perimeter of windows and doors in order to hide the gaps between the window or door frame and the wall. Carpenters can select the perfect architrave and the best type of fixing to go with it.
  • House frames: As the house frame is the main structure of the home, guaranteeing that it is built properly is essential. Carpenters can set up house frames for new homes and extensions or additions. These extensions may include flat or gable roofs and other types of house frames.
  • Renovations: If you are doing any type of renovation on your home, a carpenter can help with the process. A carpenter can install cabinets in the kitchen, build a deck, put down new flooring, and add in a wardrobe and more. They can also assist you with obtaining the proper permits that are needed to perform renovation work on your home.
  • Skirting: Skirting's a decorative component that can help to complete the look of a home. Carpenters can install new skirting or set up old skirting by using MDF, wood, or plaster.


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