Cat Flap Fitter Caterham Surrey (CR3): To provide your cat with the independence that it needs to live a life of contentment, you could fit a cat flap to an exterior wall or door in your Caterham house. Cats are inclined to get irritated and crabby when kept inside, and not able to roam. Having a cat that's both physically and mentally fit, is just one of the benefits of allowing your cat access to the world outside by means of a cat flap. If this sounds like a good option for you, exactly what form of cat flap should you fit?
The most rudimentry style of cat flap is essentially that. A hole cut in a door with a flexible sheet of material fixed over it, to keep out the elements, but allow the cat pass through. Most Caterham cat owners would doubtless favour something a little more weatherproof and secure for an outside door to their property, although this might be suitable for a shed or outhouse door.
Because this solution allows other creatures or cats to enter your property, it's not at all ideal, although it can be improved on a bit by keeping the flap in position with the addition of magnetic strips.
The next step up from the magnetic strip model are RF chip or infra-red, magnetically controlled cat flaps. This requires that your cat wears a collar that's got either a magnet, RF or IR chip encased within it. Unless an animal is fitted with one of these special collars, it will not be able to open the flap and get into or leave your property, therefore avoiding some undesirable visitors. The downside is that any other moggy in the area that's got a similar style of collar will be able to get into your home with this sort of cat flap fitted. An upgrade to this product is a RF cat flap and collar system which provides a unique identifier that can be programmed by the householder.
The next step-up in feline access security is to consider a model of cat flap that recognises your pet's micro-chip. The number of your cat's microchip is programmed into the memory of the battery powered cat flap (multiple entries can be made if you have more than one pet). When your cat comes into close vicinity of the flap, it unlocks and allows solely your micro-chipped pets to use the exit/entrance.
When you are purchasing a cat flap, you should ensure that it's of a design that can be locked. Currently, most cat flaps available on the market feature a 4-way locking system for added flexibility. This means that the cat flap can be locked fully, enable entrance into your home only, allow only exit from your home, or be set for two way exit and entry. This will provide you with a range of alternatives on precisely how your cat flap functions any time of the day and night. The wherewithal to perform different functions according to the time of day, and in line with your cat's and your requirements is also an option with some of the higher end models of cat flap.
If you've got a timber door in your property in Caterham, putting in a cat flap yourself should not be too difficult. Although, if it is going to be fitted into a double glazed window or in a reinforced uPVC door, you should under no circumstances even attempt to tackle it yourself. This kind of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap installers and skilled carpenters who'll be delighted to take on such a task.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN CATERHAM
Double Glazing Installation - If you happen to employ somebody who attempts to drill a hole in your double glazing to install your new cat flap, stop them without delay and ask them to leave. New cat flaps can not be fitted into existing double glazed window or door panels. Any sort of double glazed unit will be damaged by drilling a hole in it, and will damage its strength, insulating properties and security. The double glazing will be rendered unsound, and it should not be done under any circumstances whatsoever.
A specialist cat flap installer will measure the existing double glazed unit and have a local Caterham glazing firm make a new purpose made pane. As a part of its construction this new double glazing pane will have a pre-cut hole, which the cat flap can be fitted snugly into. This can take two weeks or so to manufacture, but it is the only way to fit a cat flap into an existing patio or double glazed door. After construction, your old glass panel will be taken out, and the new one put in. The fitting of your cat flap can then be undertaken.
Exterior Wooden Doors - The least complicated option for installing a new cat flap in Caterham, as was stated earlier, are timber door panels. It is generally safer to hire the services of a professional cat flap fitter or carpenter, if you're at all dubious about cutting a big hole in your door. This type of task will not be all that expensive and is worth doing properly, if having your cat flap expertly installed gives you that additional peace of mind.
uPVC Door Panels - It is perfectly feasible to fit a cat flap into most uPVC doors. You or your installer will have to verify what the internal construction of you door actually is, because for added security certain uPVC door panels are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. The models of door with a one piece panel are the easiest for installing cat flaps, so if yours has got a slatted style door panel, it may be better to replace this with a single panel.
Wall Installation - If you do not really wish to have a hole cut in your doors, whether for aesthetic or security reasons, you can get a cat flap installed on an external wall. This sort of installment is certainly best left to an expert, because it calls for much more skill and equipment to accomplish. You'll find there are several possibilities for this sort of installation, including a straight-through tunnel version, or a right angle (through pillar) pattern. With this sort of installation a metal or plastic, square open ended insert is fitted into a square shaped hole neatly cut out of your wall. The cat flap you have chosen is then mounted on either end to allow your feline friend to enter and exit as it pleases.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Caterham - If you already have a cat flat, but it's either damaged or not working correctly, the existing hole in your door, wall or window can still be used as long as the new flap is of a comparable size. A professional Caterham cat flap fitter will be happy to remove your old entry device and swap it for a new cat flap without inflicting any damage on the door, wall or window on which it is secured.
Before fitting the new cat flap in a double glazed panel that has been previously pre-cut, confirming that the current glass has been cut and installed correctly is vital. If it becomes obvious this isn't the case, and the previous owners have cut corners to install their cat flap, the pane must be removed and replaced with a new one to avoid any safety and security problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN CATERHAM
There are plenty of handyman contractors, professional cat flap fitters and even glazing merchants in the Caterham area, who offer cat flap installations through whatever door or fabrication you require. There is no better procedure for locating a decent cat flap fitter than asking family and friends for recommendations. If they're happy to recommend somebody who they have used, you can guarantee that you'll be pleased too.
Where personal recommendations are not feasible, seek at least 3 quotes from local Caterham handymen. Study these quotes carefully and never automatically opt for the cheapest quote, because this won't necessarily be the best. Enquire about any guarantees or warranties they might offer for their standard of workmanship and ensure you have it in black and white, just in case something happens to go awry.
A specialist cat flap installation contractor in Caterham will provide you with a quality product, skillfully fitted, and which will last you, and your pussy-cat, for a good few years.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Caterham and also nearby in: South Croydon, Godstone, Whyteleafe, Nutfield, Oxted, Tatsfield, Bletchingley, Warlingham, Chaldon, Kenley, Old Coulsdon, Sanderstead, Chipstead, Woldingham, Merstham, Coulsdon, and in these postcodes CR3 5HN, CR3 5JB, CR3 5HH, CR3 5QJ, CR3 0ZS, CR3 5HX, CR3 5GH, CR3 5HT, CR3 5AX, CR3 5DZ. Local Caterham cat flap fitters will likely have the postcode CR3 and the telephone code 01883.
Caterham Cat Flap Installation Tasks
There is a range of work that can be completed by your local Caterham cat flap installer including large cat flaps Caterham, cat flap installation in glass doors, cat flaps in patio doors, Petsafe cat flap installation, cat flap installation in doors Caterham, magnetic cat flap installation Caterham, pet flap installation, microchip cat flap installation, automatic cat flap installations, 4-way cat flap installation, cat flap repair, infrared cat flap installation in Caterham, dog flap installation, cat flap removal in Caterham, Catmate cat flap installation, Staywell cat flap installations in Caterham, replacement cat flaps, and more. If there are additional Caterham cat flap requirements that you want but can't see here, you should list them on the QUOTE FORM provided.
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Cat Flap Installation Around Caterham
Over the past twelve months cat flaps were installed in the following Caterham streets: Grange Road, Weald Way, Burntwood Close, Bradenhurst Close, War Coppice Road, Upper Harestone, St Katharines Road, Waltham Road, Valley Court, Timber Hill Road, The Clares, Caterham By-pass, Milner Road, Godstone Road, Tupwood Court, Greenwood Gardens, Croydon Road, Colburn Avenue, Dome Hill, Loxford Way, Windrushes, Crescent Road, Colin Road, Beechwood Gardens, and in these Surrey postcodes: CR3 5HN, CR3 5JB, CR3 5HH, CR3 5QJ, CR3 0ZS, CR3 5HX, CR3 5GH, CR3 5HT, CR3 5AX, CR3 5DZ.
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