Cat Flap Fitter Haywards Heath West Sussex (RH16): Installing a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Haywards Heath property helps to give your cat the independence that it needs to live a happy life. Cats tend to get irritated and grumpy when constantly kept inside, and not allowed to roam free. Having a cat that is both physically and mentally fit, is one of the main benefits of allowing your furry friend easy access to world outside with a cat flap. But, what form of cat flap is best for your situation?
The most straightforward form of cat flap, is merely that. A hole cut in a door with a flexible sheet of material hung over it, to give protection from the weather, but permit the cat move through. The vast majority of cat owners in Haywards Heath would doubtless favour something a tad more secure and weatherproof for an external door to their property, although this might be appropriate for a garden fence panel or shed door.
This basic model is still far from ideal as it allows other cats or animals to enter into your house, nonetheless it can be slightly improved upon with the addition of magnetic strips to hold the flap in place.
Magnetically operated, RF chip or infra-red designs of cat flap, are the next step up from the magnetic strip variation. With this form of cat flap, your cat will have to wear a collar fitted with an IR, RF chip or magnet. Unless an animal is equipped with this special collar, it will not be able to trigger the flap and access or leave your house, hence avoiding some unwanted visitors. The downside is that any other cat in the Haywards Heath area who's got a similar collar will be able to gain access to your property when using this sort of cat flap. An upgrade to this product is a RF cat flap/collar system which offers a unique identifier which can be programmed by the home owner.
The next stage in feline access security is to consider a cat flap which can be triggered by your pet's own microchip. The number of your cat's micro-chip is entered into the memory of the battery powered cat flap (multiple entries are possible if you've got more than one pet). Exit and entry can only be achieved by microchipped animals, and the flap is unlocked when you cat is nearby.
Whenever you're buying a cat flap, you should make certain it's of a type that can be locked into position. These days, almost all cat flaps on the market have a four way locking system for added security. This means that the cat flap can be locked fully, enable only exit from your home, enable only entrance into your premises, or be set for 2-way entry and exit. This provides total control over the functioning of your cat flap both during the day and throughout the night. In keeping with yours and your pet's needs, there's even the option to carry out specific functions according to the time of day, with some of the high end models.
If you are fairly good at do-it-yourself, installing your own cat flap should not be all that difficult, if you've got a solid wood door on your property in Haywards Heath. Not in any circumstances should you try and fit a cat flap in a reinforced PVC door or in a double glazed window panel. This type of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap fitters and talented odd job men who'll be happy to take on such a task.
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Double Glazing Installations - If you bring in a so-called "tradesman" who, while endeavouring to fit your new cat flap, starts to drill a hole in a double glazed window or door panel, immediately send them on their way. A new cat flap can not be fitted into an existing double glazing door panel or window pane. Cutting into any type of double glazing will destroy its security and strength, together with its thermal properties. It should in no circumstances be attempted and renders the double glazing unsafe.
A professional cat flap fitter will take measurements of your current double glazing unit and have a glazing firm make a new purpose made pane. This new glazed panel will have a pre-cut hole as an integral part of its structure where your cat flap can be fitted. This is basically the only way to install a cat flap in a pre-existing patio or double glazed door, although it may take a week or more to manufacture. Once your new glass panel is delivered, the installer will take out the old one, and swap it for the new "cat flap ready" one. The cat flap will then be installed.
External Wooden Doors - The easiest alternative for installing a new cat flap in Haywards Heath, as was stated earlier, are timber doors. If you're a little dubious about creating a sizeable hole in your door, you may be happier getting in touch with a professional cat flap fitter or handyman instead. This kind of task will not be too costly and is worthwhile doing properly, if having your cat flap professionally installed gives you that additional reassurance.
uPVC Door Panels - It is perfectly possible to fit a cat flap into most uPVC doors. It is necessary to know the internal construction, because some uPVC 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 may be more cost effective to swap the panel for a single pane model.
Wall Installation - If you don't really want to cut holes in your doors, either for aesthetic or security reasons, you could opt for a cat flap to be installed within an outside wall. This form of installment is definitely best left to a specialist, because it calls for much more skill and equipment to execute. You could go with a straightforward tunnel style, or maybe a right angle model that permits access via a pillar. A neat square hole will need to be cut through your chosen wall, into which is inserted a metal or plastic, square open ended tube. Each end of the hole is then installed with an appropriate cat flap so your furry pal can get out of and into your house whenever it wants.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Haywards Heath - If your wall, door or window already has a cat flap fitted, but it's stopped working, or is damaged, it is quite possible to fit a replacement into the existing hole. Your cat flap fitter will be able to remove the unwanted cat flap, without harming the surrounding wall, door or window, and fit a brand new flap in its place for your cat.
Before installing the new cat flap in double glazing that has been previously pre-cut, checking that the existing glass has been manufactured, cut and installed correctly is essential. The panel will need to be removed and substituted to avoid any security and safety issues, if it's found that this isn't the case and corners were cut in the original installation.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN HAYWARDS HEATH
In the Haywards Heath area there are many handymen, specialist cat flap fitters and even glazing firms who provide cat flap installation services in doors, walls or windows. There are various ways of tracking down a good cat flap installer, and few are more effective than asking friends and family. If they're happy to recommend somebody who they've used, you can guarantee that you will be happy as well.
Where a personal recommendation isn't feasible, seek two or three price quotes from local Haywards Heath handymen. Study these carefully and never always choose the cheapest offer, as this will often not be the best one. Enquire about any guarantees or warranties they may give for their workmanship and ensure you have it written down in black and white, just in case something should go awry.
If you take care and pick a trustworthy Haywards Heath cat flap fitter you'll be rewarded with a top quality product, that's professionally installed, and will give excellent service to you and your pussy-cat for years and years. And when push comes to shove - quality is important.
Cat flaps can be installed in Haywards Heath and also in: Burgess Hill, Horsted Keynes, North Chailey, Wivelsfield, Danehill, West Hoathly, Scaynes Hill, Cuckfield, Staplefield, Balcombe, Paxhill Park, Brook Street, Lindfield, Sandrocks, Ardingly, together with these postcodes RH16 1DF, RH16 1TF, RH16 1NP, RH16 1JY, RH16 1FD, RH16 1DR, RH16 1QN, RH16 1EU, RH16 1ES, RH16 1QX. Locally based Haywards Heath cat flap fitters will probably have the postcode RH16 and the phone code 01444.
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Cat flaps were recently installed for homeowners living in The Broadway, Rosemary Close, Bannister Way, Oathall Avenue, Balcombe Road, Market Place, Caxton Way, Culross Avenue, Shorts Close, Birch Close, Sherwood Drive, Courtlands, Perrymount Road, Haywards Road, Gravelye Lane, Cilicia Mews, Windsor Close, Turners Mill Road, Trevelyan Place, Pondside, Lucastes Avenue, Sussex Road, Beech Hurst Close, Blunts Wood Road, Beech Hill, Strathfield Close, Petlands Road, Oaklands Road, Woodridge Close and these Haywards Heath postcodes: RH16 1DF, RH16 1TF, RH16 1NP, RH16 1JY, RH16 1FD, RH16 1DR, RH16 1QN, RH16 1EU, RH16 1ES, RH16 1QX.
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