Cat Flap Fitter St Albans Hertfordshire (AL1): Fitting a cat flap to an external wall or door in your property in St Albans, will allow it to live a happy life and enjoy it's own bit of independence and freedom. Cats that are kept indoors, just like humans, can show signs of frustration. Having accessibility to outside world via a cat flap will help your pet to stay fit, both physically and mentally. So, you think it's a good idea, but which is best style of cat flap for your precious pet?
The simplest type of cat flap is essentially that. A sheet of flexible material hung over a hole in a door to allow a cat to pass through, but keep out the elements. Naturally, this is really basic, and will rarely sufficient for most cat owners in St Albans, who would prefer something a little more weatherproof and secure for an external door to their house, although it might be okay for a shed or outhouse door.
This uncomplicated design is still far from ideal because it allows other cats or creatures a way to enter your home, however it can be improved upon by adding a magnetic strip to hold the flap in place.
Stepping up from a basic magnetic strip are magnetically controlled, infra-red or RF chip designs of cat flap. In this case, either a magnet, IR or RF chip will be fitted into your cat's collar. Unless an animal is equipped with one of these special collars, it won't be able to open the flap and leave or get into your home, therefore keeping out some unwelcome visitors. Again this is a fairly basic form of cat flap, as any other moggy in the neighbourhood who has a similar model of collar could perhaps gain access to your house. An enhancement to this equipment is an RF cat flap/collar system which provides a unique identifier which can be programmed by the user.
The next level in feline entrance security is to install a model of cat flap which can be triggered by your cat's own micro-chip. The details of your cat's microchip are entered into the cat flap's memory (multiple entries can be made if you've got more than one pet). Entry and exit are only possible for microchipped animals, and the flap will be unfastened whenever you cat is close by.
Regardless of what cat flap you purchase, it should have the ability to be locked in place. For extra flexibility, the majority of cat flaps have a four way locking mechanism these days. Which means that it's got the capability to be locked fully, allow admission into your house only, allow exit from your house only, or be put in two-way entry and exit mode. This gives total control over the functioning of your cat flap both during the day and throughout the night time. In keeping with your pet's and your requirements, there's even the possibility to carry out different functions according to the time of day, with a few of the more advanced models.
If you have a timber door on your property in St Albans, putting in you own cat flap shouldn't be too difficult. But, if you are intending to fit it into a reinforced uPVC door or in a double glazed window panel, you need to ask for outside assistance. This sort of installation calls for the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap fitters and talented handymen who are glad to undertake such a task.
INSTALLING A CAT FLAP IN ST ALBANS
Double Glazing Installation - If you happen to hire somebody who tries to drill a hole in a double glazed panel to install your new cat flap, stop them immediately and ask them to leave. A new cat flap can not be installed into a pre-existing double glazed window pane or door panel. Any kind of double glazing will be damaged by drilling a hole in it, and will detract from its strength, insulating properties and security. Your double glazing will be made unsound, and it shouldn't be attempted in any circumstances.
An experienced cat flap installer will measure up your current double glazed pane and have a local St Albans glazing company make a new one. This new glazed pane will have a hole cut out as a part of its structure where the cat flap can be fitted. This is really the only way to install a cat flap in a pre-existing double glazed or patio door, although it might take a week or more to manufacture. Once your new pane of glass is delivered, the installer will remove the old one, and replace it with the new "cat flap ready" panel. Your cat flap can then be installed.
Exterior Wooden Doors - As previously mentioned, timber doors are the easiest alternative with regards to cat flap installation on your home in St Albans. If you're a little nervous about cutting a sizeable hole in your back or front door, you might be better off bringing in an expert handyman or cat flap fitter instead. A project of this type should not be expensive and will give you the assurance of knowing that your kitty can enjoy a professionally fitted flap.
uPVC Door Panels - Cat flaps can generally be installed into uPVC doors. You'll have to determine what the interior structure of you door actually is, since for extra security some uPVC door panels are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. A one-piece door panel enables simpler installation, so if you have a uPVC door that is slatted, it might be cheaper to exchange this panel for a single panel type.
Wall Installation - It's also a possibility to have a cat flap mounted in an exterior wall of your property in St Albans, if you don't wish to cut holes in your doors, whether for aesthetic or security reasons. This type of installation is certainly best left to a professional, as it requires much more skill and equipment to execute. You could decide on a straight through tunnel style, or even a right angled version that allows access through a pillar. Installation involves a neat square shaped hole being made through the wall of your choice, into which a metal or plastic, open ended square insert is fitted. A suitable cat flap is then mounted on both ends of the hole.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in St Albans - If your door, window or wall already has a cat flap fitted, but it isn't working properly, or is damaged, it's perfectly possible to fit a replacement into the existing hole. A trustworthy cat flap installer in St Albans will be able to remove your old,unwanted cat flap, and mount a new one as a replacement without harming the surrounding window, door or wall.
If the substitute cat flap is to be installed into a pre-cut hole in a double glazing panel, you must ensure that the glass has been fabricated, cut and installed correctly. If it is found that this is not the case, and the previous owners have cut corners to install their cat flap, the panel must be removed and replaced to avoid any security and safety problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN ST ALBANS
There are many handymen, professional cat flap fitters and even glazing merchants in the St Albans area, who provide cat flap fitting in whatever door or fabrication you need. There's no better way of tracking down a reliable cat flap fitter than by asking friends and relations for recommendations. You can guarantee that if they have been willing to recommend somebody who has carried out work for them, you'll probably get a very similar level of service.
Where a personal recommendation isn't feasible, get at least 3 price quotes from local St Albans cat flap installers or handymen. Study these price quotes carefully and never always choose the cheapest quote, because this will often not be the best one. Enquire about any warranties or guarantees they might give for their workmanship and ensure it is backed up in writing, just in case something happens to go awry.
A professional cat flap installation contractor in St Albans will provide you with a top quality product, skillfully fitted, and which will last you, and your pussy-cat, for a good few years.
Cat flaps can be installed in St Albans and also nearby in: Saint Stephens, The Camp, New Greens, London Colney, Frogmore, Park Street, Fleetville, Gorehambury, Chiswell Green, Porters Wood, Townsend, Saint Julians, Marshalswick, Napsbury, and in these postcodes AL1 1JU, AL1 1JD, AL1 1TZ, AL1 1LJ, AL1 1QL, AL1 1RP, AL1 1BY, AL1 1TY, AL1 1NS, AL1 1QB. Local St Albans cat flap fitters will most likely have the telephone dialling code 01727 and the postcode AL1.
Cat Flap Fitters Hertfordshire
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All throughout Hertfordshire you should be able to find cat flap fitters who'll provide various services for your pet's needs. If you're unable to find a suitable cat flap fitter in St Albans itself then you should be able to uncover one close by.
St Albans Cat Flap Installation Tasks
There is a wide range of work that can be carried out by your local St Albans cat flap fitter including cat flaps in metal doors, cat flap repairs, cat flaps in uPVC doors St Albans, Catmate cat flap installations in St Albans, dog flap installation, cat flap installation in glass doors, Staywell cat flap installation, electronic cat flap installations, 4-way cat flap installation, infrared cat flap installation, Sureflap cat flap installation, Petsafe cat flap installations, pet flap installation St Albans, conservatory cat flap installations St Albans, small cat flaps, cat flap installation in wooden doors, cat flap installation in doors, and more. If there happen to be additional St Albans cat flap requirements that you need but can't see here, you can easily list them on the QUOTE FORM provided.
Hertfordshire Cat Flap Enquiries
Current Hertfordshire cat flap installation projects: Gregory and Bethany Farr recently asked for a quotation for installing a Petsafe cat flap in a hardwood back door in a detached house in Garston. Betsy Bartlett and Matteo Bartlett recently asked for an estimate for installing a 4-way cat flap in a wooden back door in a cottage in Barkway. Ameerah and Sydney Mcmanus recently asked for a quotation for installing a magnetic cat flap in a glass back door in South Oxhey. Asa Oliver recently enquired about getting a price for installing an automatic cat flap in a hardwood back door in a bungalow in Little Munden, Hertfordshire. Kayden Lang was looking for someone to install a 2-way cat flap in a hardwood back door in his terraced house in Nettleden. Huda Ralph and Ryley Ralph recently enquired about installing a Petsafe cat flap in a glass front door in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire. Luna Drury recently requested an estimate for installing an automatic cat flap in a patio back door in Aston, Hertfordshire. Mr and Mrs Robertson recently asked for an estimate for installing an infrared cat flap in a glass back door in Essendon, Hertfordshire.
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Cat Flap Installation Around St Albans
Cat flaps have recently been fitted in these St Albans streets and areas - Tynedale, Compton Gardens, Bramley Way, St Julians Road, St Lukes Place, St Brelades Place, Alma Cut, Sumpter Yard, Colindale Avenue, De Tany Court, Cutmore Drive, Coombes Road, Sycamore Drive, Thirlmere Drive, Trowley, The Brambles, Church Road, The Quadrant, Cairns Close, Chalkdell Fields, Abbots Park, Summerlands Road, Beechwood Park, Brinsmead, St Barts Close, Cardinal Grove, Chequer Hill, Bridle Close, as well as these local St Albans postcodes: AL1 1JU, AL1 1JD, AL1 1TZ, AL1 1LJ, AL1 1QL, AL1 1RP, AL1 1BY, AL1 1TY, AL1 1NS, AL1 1QB.
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