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  • Writer's pictureGemma Crosby

Is a joiner the same as a carpenter?

The Difference Between Carpenters and Joiners

When it comes to home improvement, there are two tradesmen that often get confused: carpenters and joiners. While they are both skilled woodworkers, there are some key differences between the two professions.


Carpenters are responsible for the overall construction of a building, including the framing, roofing, and siding. They also install doors, windows, and other fixtures. Carpenters typically have a broader range of skills than joiners, and they are often responsible for the overall layout and design of a project.


Joiners specialise in the creation of custom-made woodwork. They can create anything from furniture to staircases to cabinetry. Joiners typically have a more in-depth knowledge of wood species and joinery techniques. They are also often responsible for the finishing of woodwork, such as staining and varnishing.


So, when should you hire a carpenter and when should you hire a joiner? It really depends on the project at hand. If you are building a new house or renovating a large space, you will likely need to hire a carpenter. However, if you are looking for custom-made woodwork for a smaller project, such as a new kitchen or bathroom, you will likely need to hire a joiner. Or you could speak to Crosby Developments because fortunately we're skilled in both.


Here are some additional things to keep in mind when hiring a carpenter or joiner:

  • Get quotes from multiple contractors. This will help you ensure that you are getting a fair price for your project and meeting them will help you get a feel for what to expect. If they're professional, on time and clear and concise you can expect a high standard of work.

  • Check references. If you're unsure you could also ask a contractor for references from previous clients or have a look on their social media or Google Business profile. This will give you an idea of their work quality and customer service.

  • Get everything in writing. This includes the scope of work, the timeline, and the cost. This will help avoid any misunderstandings down the road. If a contractor won't give you a written quotation, steer clear.

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