Cat Flap Fitter Kingston upon Thames Greater London (KT1): Installing a cat flap to an exterior door or wall in your Kingston upon Thames house provides your cat with the independence it needs to live a happy life. When continuously kept inside, cats just like humans, will get irritated and grumpy. Having easy access to outside world by means of a cat flap will help your furry friend to keep fit, both mentally and physically. But, what kind of cat flap is better for your circumstances?
A cat flap at its most fundamental is merely that. A hole cut in a door with a flexible bit of material fixed over it, to keep the elements out, but allow the cat pass through. Of course, this is very basic, and won't be adequate for most Kingston upon Thames cat owners, who would prefer something a tad more secure and weatherproof for an external door to their home, although it may be suitable for an outhouse door or fence panel.
This basic model can be slightly improved upon with a magnetic strip to keep the flap in place, but it's still a long way off being perfect since it enables other animals or cats to get into your house.
Magnetically operated, RF chip or infra-red models of cat flap, are a step up from the basic magnetic strip version. With these, either a magnet, RF or IR chip will be sewn into your cat's collar. Unless an animal is fitted with one of these special collars, it will be unable to trigger the flap and leave or get into your property, hence preventing some unwanted visitors. Once again this is a relatively simple kind of cat flap, given that any other moggy in the Kingston upon Thames area who's got a similar style of collar will be able to access your home. Even these cat flaps can be improved to some extent with an RF cat flap and collar system providing a user programmed unique identifier.
The type of cat flap that's capable of identifying your cat's own microchip, is the next step-up in Kingston upon Thames feline entrance security. You have to enter the number of your cat's microchip into the cat flap's memory (which is powered by batteries), and if you have more than one pet it will allow multiple entries. The flap is unfastened when your cat is in the vicinity, only permitting access to pets that are microchipped.
Whatever cat flap you purchase, it should be capable of being locked in position. For extra flexibility, almost all cat flaps feature a 4-way locking system these days. This means that the cat flap can permit access into your home only, be fully locked, enable exit only, or be set for two way exit and entry. This will provide you with options for all times of night and day, to have control over exactly how your cat flap works. Some of the high end models can be set to perform particular functions according to the time of day, in keeping with your pet's and your needs.
If you've got a timber door on your house in Kingston upon Thames, putting in you own cat flap should not be all that complicated. On no account should you try and install a cat flap in a double glazed window or in a reinforced uPVC door. Such situations call for the expertise and skills of a reputable cat flap fitter or handyman, who is sure to have have the equipment and knowledge for this type of installation project.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN KINGSTON UPON THAMES
Double Glazing Installation - If your cat flap has to be fitted into a double glazing panel, and your hired "tradesman" tries to drill a hole in it, stop the work right away and give them their walking orders. New cat flaps can't be fitted into pre-existing double glazed doors or window panels. Drilling holes in any type of double glazing will ruin its strength and security, along with its thermal insulation properties. It should in no circumstances be attempted and will make the double glazing unsound.
A professional cat flap installer will take the measurements of the existing double glazing unit and have a local glazing company make a new purpose made pane. To ensure that the cat flap can be neatly installed into it, this new double glazing panel will arrive with a hole pre-cut as part of its structure. This is the only way to install a cat flap into an existing patio or double glazed door, although it may take two weeks or so to produce. Once you have received your new glass pane, the old unit can be removed and the new panel installed. It will now be possible to fit the new cat flap.
Exterior Wooden Doors - Wooden doors are, as we stated previously, the easiest alternatives for installing a new cat flap in Kingston upon Thames. If you are unsure about cutting a hole in your front door, it's it may be better to bring in an expert to do the job for you. This will provide you with the peace of mind that you'll wind up with a professionally installed cat flap, and that the job has been carried out properly.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can normally be fitted into uPVC doors. You or your installer will have to establish what the interior construction of you door is, since for added security some uPVC door panels are made with a reinforced steel lining. The simplest type of installation is in doors having a single panel, consequently if you have a uPVC door with slatted vertical panels, it may be easier and cheaper overall to exchange the slatted pane for a one piece panel.
Wall Installation - It is also a possibility to have a cat flap mounted on an external wall of your home in Kingston upon Thames, if you do not wish to have a hole cut in one of your doors, either for security or aesthetic reasons. Requiring considerably more equipment and skill, a wall cat flap installation is undoubtedly better left to the pros, if it is to be accomplished correctly. You'll find there are a couple of choices for this installation, including a straight through tunnel design, or a right angle (through pillar) style. This installation entails a neat square hole being cut through the wall of your choice, into which a metal or plastic, open ended square insert is fitted. An appropriate cat flap can then be mounted on both ends of the hole.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Kingston upon Thames - If your window, wall or door is already fitted with a cat flap, but it's not working properly, or is damaged, it's entirely possible to fit a replacement into the current hole. An expert Kingston upon Thames cat flap installer will be happy to take out your old device and swap it for a brand new cat flap without inflicting any damage on the window, wall or door on which it is secured.
If the replacement cat flap is to be mounted into a pre-cut hole in a double glazed pane, you must check that the existing glass has been made and installed accurately. The glass pane will have to be taken out and replaced to avoid any security and safety issues, if it becomes obvious that this isn't the case and corners were cut in the previous installation.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN KINGSTON UPON THAMES
In the Kingston upon Thames area there are many different professional cat flap installers, handyman contractors and even double glazing companies who offer cat flap installation services for doors, windows or walls. It might be possible to ask relatives and friends for recommendations with regards to locating an excellent cat flap specialist. You can be fairly certain that if they have been happy to recommend someone who has completed work for them, you'll likely have a much similar experience.
If you cannot find a fitter through personal recommendation, always try to get two or three different quotes before coming to a decision, please remember that cheapest is often not best. Ask about any warranties they may give for their workmanship and ensure it's backed up in writing, just in case something happens to go wrong.
If you take care and pick a reputable Kingston upon Thames cat flap specialist you'll be rewarded with a quality product, that is professionally installed, and will serve yourself and your cat for many years to come. And after all is said and done - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Kingston upon Thames and also nearby in: Kingston Vale, Hampton Wick, Ham, West Barnes, Merton Park, New Maldon, Twickenham, Tolworth, Teddington, Long Ditton, Berrylands, Surbiton, Hampton Court, Molesey, Wimbledon, as well as in these postcodes KT1 1YH, KT1 1RJ, KT1 1HL, KT1 1NY, KT1 1TX, KT1 1AD, KT1 1RE, KT1 1HT, KT1 1TN, KT1 1JD. Local Kingston upon Thames cat flap fitters will most likely have the telephone code 020 and the postcode KT1.
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Cat flaps have recently been fitted in the following Kingston upon Thames streets and areas - Chesfield Road, Blenheim Gardens, Bloomfield Road, Bertram Road, Bennett Close, Tangmere Grove, Beresford Road, School Road, Buckingham Road, Athena Close, Cranleigh Gardens, The Hermitage, Tithe Barn Close, Claremont Villas, Tudor Drive, Albert Road, Coombe Ridings, Dickerage Road, Coombe Lane West, St Margarets Mews, Denmark Road, Thames Street, Station Road, St Georges Road, Anglesea Road, Cambridge Grove Road, Barge Walk, Canbury Avenue, Steadfast Road, as well as the following local Kingston upon Thames postcodes: KT1 1YH, KT1 1RJ, KT1 1HL, KT1 1NY, KT1 1TX, KT1 1AD, KT1 1RE, KT1 1HT, KT1 1TN, KT1 1JD.
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