Cat Flap Fitter Clevedon Somerset (BS21): Installing a cat flap to an outside door or wall in your Clevedon property allows your cat the independence and freedom that it needs to live a happy life. Cats kept inside, much like humans, can often show signs of irritation. Having accessibility to world outside with a cat flap will help your cat to remain fit, both physically and mentally. If this seems like a good option for you, exactly what kind of cat flap should you fit?
The most basic type of cat flap, is merely that. A piece of flexible material placed over a hole in a doorway to allow a cat to pass through it, but keep the elements out. Naturally, this is very basic, and will not be adequate for most Clevedon cat owners, who would no doubt prefer something a tad more secure and weatherproof for a main door to their house, although it could be appropriate for a shed or outhouse door.
This basic design can be somewhat improved upon with a magnetic strip to hold the flap in place, but it is still far from perfect because it allows other creatures or cats to get into your home.
Magnetically operated, RF chip or infra-red models of cat flap, are the next step up from the magnetic strip version. With these, either an IR, RF chip or magnet will be encased in your cat's collar. What this means is that any animal that does not have a special collar can't leave or access your home. The reality that any other moggy in the neighbourhood that's got a similar collar may be able to get into your house, is the drawback with this still fairly basic type of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be upgraded to some degree with an RF cat flap/collar system containing an owner programmed unique identifier.
A cat flap which is able to identify your cat's own microchip, is the next level in feline access security. You have to enter the details of your cat's microchip into the cat flap's memory (which is powered by batteries), and if you have several cats it will take multiple entries. Whenever your cat passes close to the flap, it unlocks and permits just your microchipped pets to use the entrance/exit.
When you are buying a cat flap, you must make sure that it's of a design that can be locked into position. These days, the majority of cat flaps on the market feature a 4-way locking mechanism for extra security. Which means that the cat flap can be fully locked, enable admittance into your home only, allow exit only, or be set for two-way exit and entry. This offers total control over the operation of your cat flap both during the day and throughout the night. The wherewithal to perform different functions in accordance with the time of day, and in keeping with yours and your pet's requirements is also a possibility with some of the high end models of cat flap.
If you are pretty decent at do-it-yourself, fitting your own cat flap shouldn't be all that difficult, if you have a timber door on your home in Clevedon. Not in any circumstances should you try to fit a cat flap in a reinforced uPVC door or in a double glazed window panel. This sort of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are specialist cat flap installers and talented odd job men who will be ready to take on such a task.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN CLEVEDON
Double Glazing Installations - If you employ someone who tries to drill a hole in a double glazed panel to put in your cat flap, stop them right away and request that they leave. It isn't possible to fit a new cat flap into a double glazed door panel or window pane. Any type of double glazing will be ruined by drilling a hole in it, and will detract from its security, thermal insulation attributes and strength. In fact, it makes your glazing unsound and it shouldn't ever be done.
A professional cat flap fitter will measure up your current double glazing unit and have a glazing firm make a new purpose made one. So that the cat flap can be perfectly installed into it, this new double glazing unit will be provided with a pre-cut hole as part of its construction. You might have to wait two weeks or so for this to be manufactured, however if you want a cat flap fitted into a pre-existing patio or double glazed door, this is the only way to do it. When your new pane of glass is delivered, the fitter will take out the old unit, and swap it for the brand new "cat flap ready" one. The cat flap will then be fitted.
Exterior Wooden Doors - Wooden door panels are, as I stated earlier, the easiest alternatives for cat flap installation in Clevedon. If you're unsure about cutting a hole in your front or back door, it's advisable to call a specialist to undertake the project for you. This will give you the peace of mind that you will end up with a professionally fitted cat friendly flap, and that the project has been done properly and without causing harm to your door.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can be mounted into uPVC doors in many instances. It is necessary to know the interior construction, as some doors are lined with steel for extra security. A one piece panel allows for easier installation, so if you've got a slatted uPVC door, it might be cheaper to exchange this panel for a single panel type.
Wall Installation - If, for safety or aesthetic reasons, you do not wish to have a hole cut into your door, you could always opt to install your cat flap in an exterior wall of your home. A cat flap entrance in a wall calls for a little more expertise and equipment to install, so it's certainly best left to the pros. You will find there are a couple of options for this installation, including a straightforward design, or a right angular (through pillar) pattern. A square shaped hole will be made through your chosen wall, into which is inserted a metal or plastic, open ended square tube. Each end of the hole is then installed with an appropriate cat flap so that your furry pal can get out of and into your house whenever it wishes.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Clevedon - If you already have a cat flat, but it is either damaged or not operating correctly, the current hole in your wall, window or door can still be used providing that the new flap is of a comparable size. A specialist Clevedon cat flap installer will be happy to remove your old entry unit and swap it for a brand new cat flap without causing any harm to the window, door or wall on which it is secured.
Before installing a new flap in a double glazed panel that has been pre-cut, checking that the current glass has been made, cut and installed in the right way is vital. If the previous installation was a bodge job, the glass will have to be taken out and exchanged to avoid any safety and security problems with the new flap.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN CLEVEDON
There are many handyman contractors, specialist cat flap installers and even local glazing merchants in the Clevedon area, who provide cat flap installations through whatever door or construction you need. There's no better strategy for finding a good cat flap installer than asking friends and relations for referrals. If they're confident enough to recommend a tradesman who they have used, you can guarantee that you will be happy too.
Where a personal recommendation is not feasible, seek two or three price quotes from local Clevedon handymen. Study these closely and do not automatically choose the cheapest quote, since this won't necessarily be the best one. Ask about any warranties they may give for their standard of workmanship and make certain you have it in black and white, just in case something happens to go awry.
If you take your time and choose a dependable Clevedon cat flap specialist you will be repaid with a high quality product, that is professionally installed, and will serve yourself and your cat for many years to come. And when push comes to shove - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be installed in Clevedon and also nearby in: Claverham, Hewish, Weston-super-Mare, Nailsea, Lower Claverham, Tickenham, Wrington, Kingston Seymour, Walton-in-Gordano, Kenn, Cleeve, Walton Park, Portishead, Redhill, together with these postcodes BS21 5DB, BS21 5EH, BS21 5EL, BS21 5AH, BS21 5AD, BS21 5BT, BS21 5ET, BS21 5HZ, BS21 6AA, BS21 6FP. Local Clevedon cat flap installers will likely have the postcode BS21 and the telephone dialling code 01275.
Clevedon Cat Flap Installation Tasks
There is a range of work that can be accomplished by your local Clevedon cat flap fitter including automatic cat flap installation in Clevedon, Staywell cat flap installation, cat flap installation in glass doors, large cat flaps, cat flap installation in uPVC doors, cat flap removal, 2-way cat flap installation, 4-way cat flap installation in Clevedon, cat flap installation in doors, pet flap installation, cat flap installation in wooden doors, cheap cat flaps, microchip cat flap installation, dog flap installations, cat flap installation in metal doors Clevedon, Sureflap cat flap installation, cat flaps in patio doors, and more. If there are some other Clevedon cat flap requirements that you want but don't see here, you should list them on the QUOTE FORM provided.
Cat Flap Fitters Near Clevedon
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Cat Flap Installation Around Clevedon
Some Clevedon streets where cat flaps have recently been installed - Castle Road, Tutton Way, Copse Road, Carice Gardens, Back Lane, St Johns Avenue, Corner Croft, Dial Hill Road, Sercombe Park, Sawyers Court, Shelley Avenue, The Leys, Chipping Cross, All Saints Lane, Coleridge Road, Braikenridge Close, Tone Road, Tuckmill, Turner Way, Brookfield Walk, Stone-edge Batch, Duck Lane, Sandford Close, Clevedon Triangle Centre, Seymour Close, St Michaels Avenue, Crossman Walk, as well as the following local Clevedon postcodes: BS21 5DB, BS21 5EH, BS21 5EL, BS21 5AH, BS21 5AD, BS21 5BT, BS21 5ET, BS21 5HZ, BS21 6AA, BS21 6FP.
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