Cat Flap Fitter Heath Hayes Staffordshire (WS12): Fitting a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Heath Hayes house provides your cat with the independence and freedom it needs to live a life of contentment. Cats that are kept indoors, just like humans, will show signs of irritation. Having a cat that's both physically and mentally fit, is just one of the benefits of giving your furry friend easy access to outside world with a cat flap. But, what form of cat flap is better for your situation?
A cat flap at its most basic is just that. A hole is cut into an outside door and a flexible material is fixed over the gap to give a bit of protection from the weather. Obviously, this is very basic, and won't be sufficient for most cat owners in Heath Hayes, who would doubtless prefer something a little more secure and weatherproof for an outside door to their house, although it may be acceptable for a shed door or garden fence panel.
This simple design can be improved on with magnetic strips to keep the flap in place, but it's still a long way from being perfect as it allows other animals or cats a way to get into your home.
Moving on from a magnetic strip are magnetically controlled, RF chip or infra-red designs of cat flap. In this case, either an IR, RF chip or magnet will be sewn into your cat's collar. 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, hence keeping out some unwelcome visitors. The downside is that any other cat in the neighbourhood that's got a similar collar could perhaps gain access to your home when using this type of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be upgraded to a certain degree with an RF cat flap/collar system containing a user programmed unique identifier.
Fitting a cat flap that can identify your cat's microchip, is the next level in access devices for felines. You have to enter the unique number of your cat's micro-chip into the memory the cat flap (which is powered by batteries), and if you have more than one cat it will take multiple entries. Entry and exit are only possible for micro-chipped animals, and the flap will be unfastened whenever you cat is nearby.
Whenever you're purchasing a cat flap, you should make certain it is of a design that can be locked into position. For extra security, almost all cat flaps have a 4-way locking mechanism these days. Which means that the cat flap can be fully locked, permit exit only, permit only access into your home, or be set for two-way exit and entry. This gives you a variety of options on precisely how your cat flap works any time of the day and night. Based on your pet's and your requirements, there is even the possibility to carry out specific functions according to the time of day, with a number of the top-end devices.
If you're fairly good at DIY, putting in a cat flap shouldn't be all that difficult, as long as you've got a solid wood door on your Heath Hayes home. Although, if it needs to be installed into a double glazed window panel or in a reinforced uPVC door, you shouldn't under any circumstances even attempt to tackle it on your own. This sort of installation will require the attention of an expert, and there are specialist cat flap installers and skilled carpenters who are happy to accept such work.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN HEATH HAYES
Double Glazing Installation - If you happen to hire somebody who attempts to drill a hole in a double glazed door or window panel to install your new cat flap, stop them without delay and ask them to leave. A new cat flap cannot be mounted into a pre-existing double glazing window pane or door panel. Making a hole in the double glazing destroys not just the strength and security of the panel, but it compromises the thermal insulation attributes as well. It should in no circumstances be attempted and will make the double glazing unsound.
It is necessary to obtain a new double glazing panel made specially for this purpose by a glazing supplier, and your chosen Heath Hayes cat flap installer will take the measurements of your existing panel and put in an order for the new one. This new panel will arrive with a hole cut out as part of its construction where your cat flap can be installed. This is really the only way to install a cat flap in a pre-existing double glazed or patio door, even though it can take a couple of weeks to manufacture. Once you've taken possession of your new modified glass panel, the old one can be removed and the new one installed. The installation of the cat flap can then be concluded.
Exterior Wooden Doors - As mentioned earlier in this article, solid wood door panels are the simplest alternative with regards to installing a new cat flap on your house in Heath Hayes. If you are a little nervous about creating a hole in your door, you might be happier hiring an expert cat flap fitter or carpenter instead. This will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are going to finish up with a professionally fitted cat flap, and that the project has been done properly.
uPVC Door Panels - It's perfectly feasible to fit a cat flap into most uPVC doors. You or your installer will have to find out what the internal construction of you door is, since for additional security some uPVC door panels are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. The easiest type of installation is in doors having one single panel, therefore if you have a uPVC door with vertical slatted panels, it may be cheaper and easier overall to exchange the slats for a one-piece panel.
Wall Installation - It is also possible to get a cat flap installed in an external wall of your property in Heath Hayes, if you do not wish to have a hole cut in one of your doors, for security or aesthetic reasons. Needing considerably more skill and equipment, a wall cat flap installation is undoubtedly best left to a professional, if it is to be executed successfully. Nearly all wall cat flap installations involve a basic straight tunnel style, but right angular access through a pillar is also possible. A neat square shaped hole will need to be made through your chosen wall, into which is inserted a plastic or metal, square open ended tube. A cat flap can then be fitted to each end of the hole.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Heath Hayes - If you've already got a cat flat, but it is either damaged or not working correctly, the existing hole in your window, door or wall can be used for a replacement provided that the new flap is of a comparable size. A specialist Heath Hayes cat flap fitter will be happy to take out your old entry unit and swap it for a brand new cat flap without inflicting any damage on the wall, window or door on which it is attached.
If the new cat flap is going to be mounted into a pre-cut hole in a double glazed pane, you must make sure that the existing glass has been cut and installed accurately. If it's discovered that the previous installation was bodged, the pane must be removed and replaced to avoid any safety and security problems with the new cat flap.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN HEATH HAYES
There are a number of specialist cat flap installers, handyman contractors and even glazing companies in the Heath Hayes area, that provide cat flap installations onto whatever door or construction you need. There are various ways to locate a reputable cat flap installer, and few come close to the option of asking family and friends. If they've had comparable work carried out by a local Heath Hayes tradesman themselves, and been satisfied with the outcome, you can reasonably expect that they'll likewise do a good job for you.
If you cannot find an installation specialist through recommendation, always get three or four different quotations before making a decision, and remember that cheapest is often not best. Ask about any warranties or guarantees they might offer for their standard of workmanship and ensure you have it in writing, just in case something should go wrong.
If you take care and pick a reputable Heath Hayes cat flap fitter you'll be rewarded with a quality product, that is installed professionally, and will give good service to yourself and your pussy-cat for many years to come. And at the end of the day - quality is the most important thing.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Heath Hayes and also nearby in: Cannock, Bridgtown, Great Wyrley, Hednesford, Little Norton, Longdon, Littleworth, Stoney Lea, Chase Terrace, Norton Canes, Chadsmoor, Church Hill, Brownhills, Wimblebury, Burntwood, Rawnsley, and in these postcodes WS11 8NL, WS11 7YS, WS12 2GE, WS11 7GR, WS12 2SH, WS12 2ER, WS11 7JY, WS11 7ZG, WS12 2EG, WS11 7WN. Locally based Heath Hayes cat flap fitters will most likely have the postcode WS12 and the phone code 01543.
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Some Heath Hayes roads and streets where cat flaps have recently been installed - Harebell Close, St Paul's Close, Sapphire Drive, Charterfield Drive, Cannock Road, Hawk's Green Lane, Meadow Way, Albany Drive, Tutbury Close, Eastern Way, Millers Vale, Hobby Way, Wheatlands Close, Highfield Road, Bourne Close, Night Jar Way, Hodson Way, Kielder Close, Hodnet Place, Foxhill Close, Fremantle Drive, Rose Bay Meadow, Hednesford Road, Bristol Close, Spindlewood Close, Lawnswood Close, Hemlock Way, as well as the following local Heath Hayes postcodes: WS11 8NL, WS11 7YS, WS12 2GE, WS11 7GR, WS12 2SH, WS12 2ER, WS11 7JY, WS11 7ZG, WS12 2EG, WS11 7WN.
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