Cat Flap Fitter Ledbury Herefordshire (HR8): Installing a cat flap to an outside door or wall in your Ledbury home gives your cat the independence it needs to live a life of contentment. Cats tend to get grouchy and irritated when kept inside, and not allowed to roam. Having a cat that's both mentally and physically fit, is one of the main positive aspects of allowing your furry friend easy access to 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 put in?
The most rudimentry form of cat flap is basically that. A hole is cut in an external door and a flexible material is hung over the gap to offer a bit of some protection from the elements. Whilst this may be appropriate in a shed door or fence panel, most Ledbury cat owners would no doubt favour something a tad more weatherproof and secure for an external door to their property.
Since this solution will allow other animals or cats to enter your house, it's not at all ideal, though it can be improved on a bit by keeping the flap in place with the addition of magnetic strips.
Moving on from a magnetic strip are magnetically operated, RF chip or infra-red designs of cat flap. In this case, either an IR, RF chip or magnet will be fitted into your cat's collar. What this means is that any animal that doesn't have one of these special collars cannot get into or leave your property. Once again this is a relatively basic form of cat flap, given that any other moggy in the neighbourhood who has a similar model of collar will be able to get into your property. An enhancement to this equipment is a RF cat flap/collar system which offers a unique identifier which can be programmed by the home owner.
The type of cat flap that's can be operated by your cat's micro-chip, is the next stage in feline access security. You have to enter the number of your cat's micro-chip into the cat flap's memory (which is battery powered), and if you have more than one cat it will take multiple entries. When your cat is close to the flap, it will unlock and allow just your microchipped pets to use the entrance/exit.
Regardless of what cat flap you purchase, it should be capable of being locked in place. Currently, the majority of cat flaps available on the market boast a 4-way locking mechanism for extra flexibility. Which means that the cat flap can enable exit from your property only, permit entrance into your house only, be fully locked, or be set for two way exit and entry. This gives you alternatives for all times of day and night, to have control over exactly how your cat flap operates. The wherewithal to perform specific functions in accordance with the time of day, and based on your cat's and your needs is also an option with some of the more expensive brands of cat flap.
Putting in a cat flap by yourself can be quite simple if you have a solid timber door, and respectable do-it-yourself skills. Although, if it is going to be fitted in a reinforced PVC door or in a double glazed window, you should on no account even attempt to tackle it yourself. These situations require the expertise and skills of an experienced cat flap fitter or handyman, who will have the knowledge and equipment for this type of installation project.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN LEDBURY
Double Glazing Installations - If your new cat flap has to be installed in a double glazing panel, and your chosen "tradesman" attempts to drill a hole in it, stop the work immediately and give them their marching orders. New cat flaps can not be installed into pre-existing double glazing window or door panels. Any sort of double glazing will be damaged by drilling a hole in it, and will damage its security, strength and thermal insulation attributes. The truth is, it makes your glazing unsound and it shouldn't ever be done.
It is necessary to get a new double glazed pane made especially for this purpose by a glazing firm, and your local Ledbury cat flap installer will take the measurements of your current unit and order the new one. So your cat flap can be perfectly installed into it, this new glazed unit will arrive with a hole pre-cut as an integral part of its construction. You might have a 1 or 2 week waiting period for this pane to be manufactured, but if it's necessary to have a cat flap installed into an existing patio or double glazed door, this is basically the only way to accomplish it. As soon as your new glass pane shows up, the fitter will remove the old one, and replace it with the new "cat flap ready" panel. The cat flap can then be mounted.
Exterior Wooden Doors - The simplest option for installing a new cat flap in Ledbury, as was mentioned earlier in this article, are solid wooden doors. If you are unsure of cutting a hole in your front door, it's wise to bring in a specialist to complete the task for you. This will give you the reassurance that you are going to finish up with a professionally fitted cat friendly flap, and that the project has been accomplished properly.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can generally be fitted into uPVC doors. Having said that, certain uPVC door panels are steel lined for extra security, which may cause some problems. A one-piece door panel allows for easier installation, so if you've got a uPVC door that is slatted, it might be more economical to exchange this panel for a single pane model.
Wall Installation - It's also feasible to have a cat flap fitted in an external wall of your home in Ledbury, if you don't wish to cut chunks out of your doors, either for aesthetic or safety reasons. A cat flap entrance in a wall calls for a little more equipment and expertise to fit, therefore it's certainly better left to a professional. Almost all cat flap installations in walls are a simple straight tunnel style, but right angle access via a pillar is also an option. With this sort of installation a plastic or metal, open ended square tube is inserted into a square hole cut into your specified wall. A suitable cat flap is then mounted on both ends of the hole.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Ledbury - If you already have a cat flat, but it is either broken or not operating correctly, the existing hole in your wall, door or window can be fitted with a replacement as long as the new cat flap is of an equivalent size. Your cat flap fitter will take off the unwanted cat flap, without damaging the door, window or wall, and install a new flap for your cat.
When the cat flap installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in a double glazed panel, it will be important to make certain that this was previously done correctly, before attaching the new cat flap. The panel must be taken out and replaced with a new one to avoid any security and safety problems, if it becomes obvious this is not the case and a bodge job was made of the original installation.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN LEDBURY
There are plenty of handymen, specialist cat flap fitters and even glazing companies in the Ledbury area, who provide cat flap fitting in whatever door or construction you need. There's no better method of locating a reliable cat flap installer than asking neighbours and friends for referrals. You can be certain that if they have been happy to recommend someone who has completed work for them, then you'll get a very similar level of service.
Where personal recommendations are not possible, get three or four quotes from local Ledbury cat flap installers or handymen. Study these closely and don't always choose the cheapest quote, since this will often not be the best one. Check if they supply any guarantees or warranties for their standard of workmanship, so that you have some recourse for compensation if something goes amiss as the work is undertaken.
A professional cat flap installation contractor in Ledbury will provide you with a quality product, skillfully fitted, and that will last you, and your cat, for many years.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Ledbury and also nearby in: Castlemorton, Wallers Green, Colwall, Preston Cross, Bradlow, Eastnor, Bromsberrow, Wellington Heath, Pixley, Berrow, Redmarley D'Abitot, Much Marcle, Leddington, Parkway, Newtown, as well as in these postcodes HR8 1BW, HR8 2AS, HR8 2AZ, HR8 1BG, HR8 1DF, HR8 2BE, HR8 2FX, HR8 2AQ, HR8 2EA, HR8 2BG. Local Ledbury cat flap fitters will most likely have the postcode HR8 and the phone code 01531.
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Cat Flap Installation Around Ledbury
Cat flaps were recently fitted for householders living in Church Street, Progress Close, Target Close, Horse Lane Orchard, High Street, Cabbage Lane, The Garth, Oatleys Road, Albert Road, Elmsdale Road, Ballard Close, Skippe Close, Woodleigh Close, Woodleigh Road, Newton Close, Lower Road, Spring Grove, Orchard Rise, New Street, Common Garden, Mabel's Furlong, Upperfields, Oatleys Crescent, John Lee Road, Belle Orchard, Bank Crescent and these Ledbury postcodes: HR8 1BW, HR8 2AS, HR8 2AZ, HR8 1BG, HR8 1DF, HR8 2BE, HR8 2FX, HR8 2AQ, HR8 2EA, HR8 2BG.
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