Carpenters & Joiners

1 April 2022 – 3 Minute Read

What types of carpenters are there and where do I find them?

Many carpenters devote their skills to a certain area so they can target a particular industry. Rough carpenters specialise in roofing, timber framework and building structures. A joister is a carpenter who specialises in laying floor joists. A trim carpenter has expertise in skirting boards, mantles and trims that finish off a room. A ship's carpenter has experience in building boats and ships, and a furniture carpenter has experience in making hand-made furniture from scratch such as wardrobes, chairs and tables. Whatever the project, you can find a reputable carpenter in your local area using .

Do carpenters work in the rain?

Carpenters working in the construction industry might work in the rain if, for example, they are fitting window frames, skirting and floorboards to a house. They might also need to work in wet weather when creating concrete structure casing, working on shop fronts or building shelves, furniture and other wood pieces in the retail and commercial industries, or for private customers. Generally speaking, depending on the type of project a carpenter is working on, some work may be weather-dependent.

How much do carpenters charge?

Several factors can affect the price you pay for a carpenter, including the size of the job you need them to do, how long this job will take, where the job is and the materials required. An average rate for a carpenter is £18 per hour , and £150 per day .

Do carpenters lay carpet?

Carpenters specialise in building structures and items made of wood. Carpet laying is a different specialised skill to carpentry, and you will require a professional carpet fitter if you want to hire someone to lay carpet for you. You can find a local carpet fitter in your area using . Some carpenters will however specialise in laying wooden flooring, if this is a service you need.

Do carpenters fit kitchens?

Many kitchen fitters are usually carpenters by trade, with experience of carpentry. To fit a kitchen you will also need a joiner, plumber, electrician, tiler, gas engineer and so on, depending on the type of work you are having done. If you are completely starting from scratch and fitting an entirely new kitchen, you will need to hire multiple trades, not just a carpenter, as a carpenter will mostly specialise in cabinetry. A kitchen fitter is usually qualified in many of the areas needed to fit a kitchen. You can hire a kitchen fitter in your local area using .

Are joiners usually certified?

No formal qualifications are required to become a joiner, although some joiners may have completed apprenticeships or diplomas in carpentry. They may also be registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Many joiners are hired based on their level of experience. Only joiners working on building sites for commercial projects are required to have a Construction Skills Certification.

How much do joiners charge?

The rate you pay for a joiner will depend on the size of the project and the trade's overall experience. Expect to pay between £7.50 per hour for a joiner with less than a year of experience. If you decide to go with a mid-level joiner who has 5-9 years of experience, this will cost you more, at an average of £11.88 per hour . Experienced joiners with between 10 and 19 years of experience can charge £13 per hour .

Can joiners fit windows?

Many joiners have experience of fitting and replacing windows. They can measure up a window space and then either restore or replace window frames. You may want to hire a joiner to fit windows if you have draughty windows, if the original frames have started to warp or distort, or if your windows are single-glazed.