Cat Flap Fitter Brighton East Sussex (BN1): To give your cat the independence and freedom it needs to live a life of contentment, you could install a cat flap to an external wall or door in your Brighton house. When continuously kept inside, cats just like humans, will get irritated and grumpy. Having accessibility to outside world by way of a cat flap will help your pet to remain fit, both mentally and physically. If this sounds like a good idea to you, exactly what style of cat flap should you opt for?
The most basic kind of cat flap, is just that. A hole cut in a door with a flexible sheet of material hung over it, to keep out the elements, but permit the cat pass through it. Obviously, this is really basic, and will not be adequate for most cat owners in Brighton, who would no doubt favour something a bit more secure and weatherproof for an outside door to their house, although it may be okay for a shed or outhouse door.
This simple design can be to some degree improved on with a magnetic strip to hold the flap in place, however it is still a long way from being ideal since it allows other creatures or cats to enter into your home.
A step up from the magnetic strip model are infra-red or RF chip, magnetically controlled cat flaps. With this kind of cat flap, your cat will need to wear a collar boasting a magnet, RF or IR chip. Unless an animal is fitted with one of these special collars, it will not be able to trigger the flap and access or leave your home, hence keeping out some undesirable visitors. The reality that any other cat in the Brighton area who's got a similar style of collar could possible gain access to your home, is the drawback with this kind of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be enhanced to some degree with an RF cat flap/collar system containing a user programmed unique identifier.
Choosing a cat flap that can identify your pet's own microchip, is the next step-up in access devices for felines. The memory of these cat flaps can be programmed with one or more microchip numbers (if you have several cats), to provide exclusive access. Whenever your cat is in close proximity to the flap, it unlocks and allows solely your micro-chipped pets to enter or exit.
When you're buying a cat flap, you should make sure it is of a design that can be locked. Currently, nearly all cat flaps on the market have a four way locking mechanism for extra flexibility. Which means that the cat flap can allow access into your home only, be locked fully, allow exit from your home only, or be set for two way exit and entry. This offers complete control over how your cat flap functions both during the day and throughout the night time. A few high end devices can be programmed to carry out different functions in accordance with the time of day, in keeping with yours and your cat's needs.
If you have a wooden door on your home in Brighton, installing a cat flap yourself shouldn't be all that complicated. But, if you are looking to install it into a double glazed window or in a reinforced uPVC door, you must seek outside help. This type of installation requires the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap installers and talented handymen who are delighted to undertake such work.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN BRIGHTON
Double Glazing Installations - If your cat flap has to be installed in a double glazed door or window panel, and your chosen "tradesman" tries to drill a hole in it, stop the work immediately and show them the gate. It's just not possible to fit a new cat flap into a double glazed window pane or door panel. Any kind of double glazing will be ruined by drilling a hole in it, and will take away its strength, security and insulating properties. Your double glazing will be rendered unsound, and it shouldn't be done in any circumstances.
A reputable Brighton cat flap fitter will carefully measure up your existing pane and order a custom-made one from a local glazing firm. As part of its structure this new double glazing unit will have a pre-cut hole, which your cat flap can be fitted neatly into. This is basically the only way to fit a cat flap into a pre-existing double glazed or patio door, although it might take one or two weeks to manufacture. Once your new glass panel is delivered, the fitter will take out the old one, and swap it for the new "cat flap ready" pane. It will now be possible to install the new cat flap.
Exterior Wooden Doors - As previously mentioned, wooden doors are the simplest option with regards to cat flap installation on your house in Brighton. If you're a bit unsure of creating a hole in your front or back door, you may be happier bringing in an expert cat flap fitter or handyman instead. An undertaking like this is relatively inexpensive and will give you peace of mind that your pet will have the use of an expertly installed flap.
uPVC Door Panels - It's perfectly feasible to fit a cat flap into most uPVC doors. You or your fitter will have to establish what the interior structure of you door is, because for extra security some uPVC door panels are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. The simplest kind of installation is in doors with a single panel, consequently if you've got a uPVC door with slatted vertical panels, it may be easier and cheaper overall to exchange the slatted panel for a one piece panel.
Wall Installation - If, for either security or aesthetic reasons, you don't wish to have a chunk cut out of your door, you could always opt to install the cat flap into an exterior wall of your home. A wall cat flap entrance requires considerably more expertise and equipment to install, so it is certainly best left to an expert. Nearly all cat flap installations in walls involve a simple straight tunnel style, but right angle access via a pillar can also be achieved. With this kind of installation a plastic or metal, open ended square tube is inserted into a square hole made into your selected wall. An appropriate cat flap is then mounted on each side of the hole.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Brighton - If you already have a cat flap installed on your wall, window or door, but it's damaged or not operating correctly, the existing hole can hopefully still be used for the installation of a new one. A trusted cat flap fitter in Brighton will be able to remove the old,unwanted cat flap, and fix a new one in its place without causing damage to the surrounding window, door or wall.
If the replacement cat flap is being mounted in a pre cut hole in a double glazed pane, you must make sure that the glass has been manufactured and installed correctly. If it becomes obvious that this is not the case, and a botch was made of the original installation, the glass unit must be removed and replaced to avoid any safety and security issues.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN BRIGHTON
In and around Brighton there are a number of different handyman contractors, specialist cat flap installers and even local glazing suppliers who provide cat flap fitting services for doors, windows or walls. There's no better technique for locating an excellent cat flap fitter than asking family and friends for referrals. You can be certain that if they have been confident enough to recommend someone who's completed work for them, you'll have a much similar experience.
If it's not possible to get personal recommendations from your contacts, you should attempt to get 2 or 3 different price quotes from local tradesmen before coming to a decision. It's generally shrewd not to always go with the cheapest estimate. Check whether they supply any guarantees for the quality of their workmanship, so you have some recourse if something does happen to go amiss as the work is undertaken.
If you opt for a seasoned cat flap installer in Brighton you should finish up with a top quality product, that's expertly fitted, and will give good service for years to come.
Cat flaps can be installed in Brighton and also nearby in: Shoreham-by-Sea, Moulescoomb, Withdean, Portslade, Stanmer, Southwick, Saltdean, Preston, Kemp Town, Falmer, Hove, Peacehaven, Bevendean, Patcham, Rottingdean, Lancing, together with these postcodes BN1 1GY, BN1 1NA, BN1 1JW, BN1 2FN, BN1 1HD, BN1 1NF, BN1 1EL, BN1 1YD, BN1 1YB, BN1 2DA. Locally based Brighton cat flap installers will probably have the telephone code 01273 and the postcode BN1.
East Sussex Cat Flap Enquiries
Recent East Sussex cat flap installation requests: Amal Hurst recently requested a quotation for installing a 4-way cat flap in a wooden front door in Chiddingly, East Sussex. Maddox Paisley recently enquired about installing a locking cat flap in a wooden front door in a cottage in Plumpton, East Sussex. Inaya Holden and Niall Holden recently enquired about the possibility of installing a manual locking cat flap in a glass front door in a semi-detached house in Woodingdean, East Sussex. Faith Owen and Aamir Owen recently requested a price quote for installing an infrared cat flap in a hardwood front door in Maresfield. Darcey and Amin Daly recently enquired about getting a price for installing a manual locking cat flap in a wooden front door in a bungalow in Buxted, East Sussex. Sean Read was looking for someone to install a 2-way cat flap in a wooden back door in his bungalow in Ditchling, East Sussex. Sumayya Flanagan and Terry Flanagan recently asked for a price quote for installing a microchip cat flap in a glass door in Camber, East Sussex. Sumaya and Ivor Macarthur recently enquired about the possibility of installing a Sureflap cat flap in a hardwood back door in Icklesham, East Sussex.
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