Cat Flap Fitter Middleton-on-Sea West Sussex (PO22): To allow your cat the independence and freedom that it needs to live a life of contentment, you could fit a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Middleton-on-Sea property. Cats which are kept inside, much like humans, will often show signs of irritability. Having a cat that is both mentally and physically fit, is one of the main positive aspects of allowing your furry friend accessibility to outside world by means of a cat flap. However, what type of cat flap is better in your case?
Essentially, a cat flap at its most fundamental is just that. A piece of flexible material fixed over a hole in a doorway to permit a cat to climb through, but keep the elements out. Of course, this is very basic, and will rarely sufficient for most cat owners in Middleton-on-Sea, who would doubtless prefer something a bit more weatherproof and secure for a main door to their house, although it might be acceptable for an outhouse door or garden fence panel.
Since this option permits other cats or creatures to enter your property, it's not at all recommended, although it can be improved on somewhat by keeping the flap in position by adding magnetic strips.
Moving on from a magnetic strip are magnetically operated, infra-red or RF chip styles of cat flap. This involves your cat wearing a collar that's got either a magnet, IR or RF chip encased inside it. Unless an animal is fitted with one of these special collars, it will be unable to trigger the flap and get into or leave your house, thus avoiding some unwelcome visitors. Once again this is a relatively basic kind of cat flap, since any other moggy in the Middleton-on-Sea area who has a similar model of collar can still access your property. An upgrade to this product is an RF cat flap/collar system which includes a unique identifier which can be programmed by the user.
The next level in feline entry security is to choose the kind of cat flap that identifies your cat's microchip. You need to enter the unique number of your cat's microchip into the cat flap's memory (which is powered by batteries), and if you've got more than one pet it will take multiple entries. When your cat passes close to the flap, it unlocks and permits only your micro-chipped pets to use the entrance/exit.
The ability to lock it in place is essential regardless which cat flap you're buying. Most cat flaps sold these days boast a four way locking mechanism. Which means it's got the capability to be fully locked, allow admission into your home only, enable exit from your property only, or be put in 2-way entry and exit mode. This gives you a variety of solutions on precisely how your cat flap works at all times of the day and night. The wherewithal to carry out different functions in accordance with the time of day, and in line with yours and your pet's 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've got a solid wood door on your Middleton-on-Sea property, and respectable DIY capabilities. Under no circumstances should you attempt to install a cat flap in a double glazed window panel or in a reinforced uPVC door. This kind of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap fitters and talented carpenters who will be delighted to undertake such work.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN MIDDLETON-ON-SEA
Double Glazing Installation - If you bring in a so-called "tradesman" who, while trying to fit your new cat flap, attempts to drill a hole in a double glazed door or window panel, send them packing immediately. A new cat flap can't be mounted into a pre-existing double glazing door panel or window pane. Cutting or drilling into any type of double glazing will destroy its security and strength, along with its thermal properties. The truth is, it makes your glazing unsafe and it should never be done.
A specialist cat flap installer will take the measurements of your current double glazing unit and have a local Middleton-on-Sea glazing firm make a new purpose made one. As an integral part of its construction this new double glazing unit will have a pre-cut hole, which the cat flap can be fitted perfectly into. This can take two weeks or so to manufacture, but it's really the only way to fit a cat flap in a pre-existing patio or double glazed door. After construction, the old glass unit will be removed, and the new one put in. The cat flap can then be put in.
Exterior Wooden Doors - As mentioned previously, timber door panels are the least complicated alternative when it comes to cat flap installation on your house in Middleton-on-Sea. If you are hesitant about cutting a hole in your front door, it's probably a good idea to bring in a specialist to undertake the project for you. This sort of task won't be too expensive and is worth doing correctly, if getting your cat flap installed by a professional offers you that added peace of mind.
uPVC Door Panels - uPVC doors can be often be fitted with a cat flap. It pays to know the internal construction, since some uPVC door panels are lined with steel for further security. A one-piece door panel enables easier installation, so if you've got a uPVC door that is slatted, it may be less expensive to exchange this panel for a single panel model.
Wall Installation - If, for security or aesthetic reasons, you do not wish to have a chunk cut out of a door, you could elect to install a cat flap on an outside wall of your home. A wall cat flap entrance requires considerably more equipment and expertise to install, so it's definitely better left to a specialist. Almost all wall cat flap installations involve a simple straight tunnel style, but right angular access via a pillar can also be achieved. This installation involves a neat square hole being made through your wall, into which a plastic or metal, square open ended tube is inserted. A cat flap of your choice is then mounted on either end to allow your furry pal to enter and exit as it pleases.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Middleton-on-Sea - If you've already got a cat flat, but it is either broken or not working properly, the current hole in your window, wall or door can be used for a replacement providing that the new cat flap is of a comparable size. Your cat flap installer should be able to take off the old cat flap, without harming the door, wall or window, and install a new flap for your cat.
When your installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in a double glazing panel, it is important to confirm that this was previously done correctly, before attaching the new cat flap. If corners were cut with the previous installation, the panel will need to be taken out and replaced with a new one to avoid any security and safety problems with the new flap.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN MIDDLETON-ON-SEA
Whether you want your cat flap fitted in a window, wall or door, you will find that there are a number of professional cat flap fitters, handyman contractors and even local glazing firms in the Middleton-on-Sea area who will be able to oblige. There is no better technique for locating a decent cat flap fitter than by asking friends and family for referrals. You can be sure that if they've been happy to recommend somebody who's done work for them, then you'll likely get a similar level of service.
If it is not possible to get recommendations from acquaintances, you should make an effort to get three or four different quotations from local tradesmen before making a decision. It's generally advisable not to always go with the cheapest estimate. Ask if they offer any warranties for their standard of workmanship, so you've got some recourse if something unfortunately goes amiss when the work is carried out.
If you take care and choose a trustworthy Middleton-on-Sea cat flap specialist you'll be rewarded with a quality product, that is installed professionally, and will give good service to you and your pussy-cat for many years to come. And all things considered - quality is the most important thing.
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Middleton-on-Sea Cat Flap Installation Tasks
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