Cat Flap Fitter Lewes East Sussex (BN7): Fitting a cat flap to an exterior door or wall in your Lewes home gives your cat the independence it needs to live a happy life. When constantly kept inside, cats much like people, will get irritated and crabby. Giving your furry friend accessibility to outside world with a cat flap can also help in keeping them physically and mentally fit. If this seems like a good idea to you, precisely what style of cat flap should you opt for?
A cat flap at its most basic is just that. A hole in a door with a bendable sheet of material hung over it, to give protection from the weather, but allow the cat move through. Whilst this could be suitable for a fence panel or shed door, most Lewes cat owners would no doubt prefer something a little more weatherproof and secure for an exterior door to their property.
Since this solution can allow other creatures or cats to enter your house, it isn't at all recommended, though it can be improved on to some extent by keeping the flap in position by adding magnetic strips.
Stepping up from a basic magnetic strip are magnetically controlled, infra-red or RF chip styles of cat flap. With this form of cat flap, your cat must wear a collar fitted with a magnet, IR or RF chip. What this means is that any animal that hasn't got one of these special collars cannot get into or leave your home. The downside is that any other moggy in the area who has a similar collar can get into your house with this sort of cat flap fitted. An upgrade to this device is a RF cat flap and collar system which contains a unique identifier which can be programmed by the cat owner.
Fitting a cat flap which can be triggered by your pet's microchip, is the next level in access security for felines. The memory of these cat flaps can be programmed with one or even multiple microchip details (if you have more than one cat), to provide exclusive access. Entry and exit can only be achieved by micro-chipped pets, and the flap is unfastened whenever you cat is in the vicinity.
Whenever you are purchasing a cat flap, you must make sure it is of a design that can be locked into position. Nowadays, the majority of cat flaps on the market boast a four way locking mechanism for extra flexibility. This allows your cat flap to enable only exit from your home, be fully locked, permit only access into your premises, or have two-way exit and entry functionality. This will give you options for all times of day and night, to have control over precisely how your cat flap functions. The ability to perform specific functions according to the time of day, and based on your pet'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 pretty straightforward if you've got a solid wood door, and respectable do-it-yourself skills. Although, if it needs to be fitted into a double glazed window or in a reinforced uPVC door, you shouldn't under any circumstances even attempt to tackle it on your own. Such situations call for the skills and expertise of a specialist cat flap fitter or handyman, who'll have all the tools and knowledge for this sort of installation project.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN LEWES
Double Glazing Installations - If your new cat flap has to be mounted on a double glazed panel, and your chosen "tradesman" endeavours to drill a hole in it, stop the work immediately and give them the boot. New cat flaps can not be mounted into pre-existing double glazing doors or window panels. Drilling holes in any kind of double glazing will damage its strength and security, along with its thermal insulation attributes. In fact, it renders the glazing unsound and it shouldn't ever be attempted.
It is necessary to get a new double glazing pane made especially for this purpose by a glazing company, and your local Lewes cat flap installer will measure your current panel and put in an order for the new one. This new glazed panel will have a hole cut out as a part of its structure where your cat flap can be fitted. You might have to wait one or two weeks for this to be produced, but if you want a cat flap installed into a pre-existing double glazed or patio door, this is basically the only way to do it. When your new panel of glass shows up, the fitter will remove the old one, and exchange it for the brand new "cat flap ready" pane. It's now possible to install and set up your new cat flap.
Exterior Wooden Doors - The simplest alternative for installing a new cat flap in Lewes, as was stated earlier in this article, are solid timber doors. It is often wise to employ the expert services of a specialist cat flap fitter or handyman, if you are at all hesitant about cutting a hole in your front door. This should provide you with the satisfaction of knowing that you are going to finish up with an expertly installed cat flap, and that the job has been completed properly and without causing harm to your door.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can generally speaking be fitted into uPVC doors. Having said that, some uPVC door panels have got a steel lining for extra security, which could cause problems. The easiest kind of installation is in doors having a single panel, consequently if you've got 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 - If, for either security or aesthetic reasons, you do not want to have a hole cut into a door, you could opt to install the cat flap into an exterior wall of your home in Lewes. This sort of installation is certainly best left to a professional, since it requires a lot more skill and equipment to accomplish. Almost all wall cat flap installations involve a basic straight tunnel style, however right angle access via a pillar is also possible. With this kind of installation a metal or plastic, square open ended insert is fitted into a square shaped hole cut into your wall. A cat flap is then mounted on both ends of the hole.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Lewes - If you already have a cat flat, but it is either damaged or not working properly, the existing hole in your window, door or wall can be fitted with a replacement provided that the new cat flap is of an equivalent size. A reliable cat flap fitter in Lewes will be able to remove your old,unwanted cat flap, and fit a brand new one as a replacement without harming the surrounding window, door or wall.
When the cat flap installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in double glazing, it is important to make sure that this was previously done in the right way, before fixing the new cat flap. If it becomes obvious this is not the case, and corners were cut in the original installation, the glass pane will have to be removed and replaced to avoid any safety and security problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN LEWES
In and around Lewes there are many different handymen, specialist cat flap fitters and even glazing firms who provide cat flap fitting services in walls, doors or windows. It might be possible to ask friends and relations for recommendations with regards to locating a reliable cat flap installer. If they're happy to recommend someone who they've used themselves, you can be fairly certain that you will be happy also.
Where acquaintance recommendations are not feasible, seek at least three quotes from local Lewes cat flap fitters or handymen. Study these price quotes carefully and don't always opt for the cheapest quotation, since this will often not be the best. Ask if they offer any warranties for their standard of workmanship, so that you have some recourse if something unfortunately goes amiss when the work is carried out.
If you take care and pick a reliable Lewes cat flap fitter you will be rewarded with a superior quality product, which is installed professionally, and will serve you and your cat for many years to come. And all things considered - quality is key.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Lewes and also in nearby places like: Ovingdean, Sout, Burgess Hill, Southease, Falmer, Isfield, Cooksbridge, Ringmer, Wallands Park, Glyndebourne, South Malling, Glynde, Stoneham, Laughton, Woodingdean, Southerham, Offham, Barcombe, as well as in these postcodes BN7 1AB, BN7 1JH, BN7 1LD, BN7 1EW, BN7 1ST, BN7 1RH, BN7 1RX, BN7, BN7 1HX, BN7 1TL. Local Lewes cat flap fitters will probably have the telephone code 01273 and the postcode BN7.
Lewes Cat Flap Installation Tasks
There are a wide range of tasks that can be undertaken by your local Lewes cat flap installer including automatic cat flap installation, cat flap removal Lewes, electronic cat flap installation, cat flap installation in uPVC doors Lewes, magnetic cat flap installation in Lewes, 2-way cat flap installation, cheap cat flaps, cat flap replacement, Staywell cat flap installation, small cat flaps Lewes, cat flap services, cat flap installation in glass doors, Petsafe cat flap installations, replacement cat flaps in Lewes, cat flap installation in metal doors, conservatory cat flap installation Lewes, microchip cat flap installation in Lewes, and lots more. If there are different Lewes cat flap requirements that you need but cannot see here, you can list them on the QUOTE FORM provided.
East Sussex Cat Flap Enquiries
Current East Sussex cat flap installation projects: Sultan and Cora Westwood recently enquired about getting a price for installing a Petsafe cat flap in a patio front door in a terraced house in Ninfield. Evie-May Parish recently enquired about the possibility of installing an infrared cat flap in a glass front door in a detached house in Forest Row, East Sussex. Frankie Beck was looking for someone to install a Catmate cat flap in a patio back door in his bungalow in Kingston Near Lewes. Dahlia Beattie recently enquired about the possibility of installing an automatic cat flap in a wooden front door in Pevensey, East Sussex. Bruce and Elisha Fielding recently enquired about the possibility of installing a magnetic cat flap in a glass front door in a semi-detached house in South Heighton. Elijah Kane recently requested a price quote for installing a Catmate cat flap in a hardwood door in a cottage in Robertsbridge, East Sussex. Raya Field and Loki Field recently enquired about getting a price for installing an infrared cat flap in a patio front door in Camber, East Sussex. Kiaan Holmes recently asked for an estimate for installing a 2-way cat flap in a wooden door in Northiam, East Sussex.
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Cat Flap Installation Around Lewes
Cat flaps have recently been installed in these Lewes areas and streets - Southcliffe, Southdown Avenue, St James Walk, South Way, Bridgewick Close, The Martlets, Church Marks Lane, Broyle Paddock, Cricketfield, Spital Road, Cider House Walk, The Green, Barn Road, Church Row, South View, Deans Meadow, South Street, Church Villas, Snednore, Churchill Road, Sun Street, Dallas Lane, Coldharbour Lane, Church Hill, Dale Road, Spences Field, Baxter Road, Barons Down Road, St Pancras Green, as well as these Lewes area postcodes: BN7 1AB, BN7 1JH, BN7 1LD, BN7 1EW, BN7 1ST, BN7 1RH, BN7 1RX, BN7, BN7 1HX, BN7 1TL.
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