Cat Flap Fitter Widnes Cheshire (WA8): Fitting a cat flap to an external door or wall in your Widnes property provides your cat with the freedom and independence that it needs to live a life of contentment. Cats tend to get irritated and grumpy when constantly kept indoors, and not allowed to roam free. Having access to the outside world by means of a cat flap will help your pet to keep fit, both mentally and physically. If this seems like a good option for you, exactly what type of cat flap should you put in?
A cat flap at its most basic is just that. A piece of bendable material hung over a hole in a doorway to enable a cat to climb through, but keep out the elements. Of course, this is extremely basic, and won't be sufficient for most cat owners in Widnes, who would doubtless prefer something a bit more weatherproof and secure for an outside door to their house, although it could be acceptable for a fence panel or shed door.
This uncomplicated design is still a long way from being ideal because it allows other animals or cats to enter your home, however it can be marginally improved on by adding a magnetic strip to keep the flap in place.
The next step up from the magnetic strip model are RF chip or infra-red, magnetically operated cat flaps. This involves your cat wearing a collar that's got either an RF chip, IR or magnet encased within it. No animal is going to be able to leave or access your home unless it's fitted with one of these special collars. Once again this is a fairly simple kind of cat flap, since any other cat in the neighbourhood who's got a similar model of collar can gain access to your property. Even these cat flaps can be improved to a certain degree with an RF cat flap/collar system offering an owner programmed unique identifier.
The kind of cat flap that is able to identify your pet's micro-chip, is the next step-up in Widnes feline entrance security. The memory of these cat flaps can be programmed with one or even multiple microchip numbers (if you have several cats), to give exclusive access. Exit and entry can only be achieved by micro-chipped pets, and the flap will be unlocked when you cat is close by.
Whenever you are purchasing a cat flap, you should make sure that it's of a design that can be locked into position. Most cat flaps sold today have a 4-way locking system. This allows your cat flap to enable admittance into your premises only, enable exit from your property only, be locked fully, or have two way exit and entry functionality. This provides total control over the functioning of your cat flap both throughout the day and during the night time. Based on your pet's and your requirements, there is even the possibility to perform particular functions in accordance with the time of day, with some of the higher end models.
If you're fairly decent at do-it-yourself, installing your own cat flap should not be too difficult, as long as you've got a solid timber door on your Widnes home. Although, if it is going to be fitted into a double glazed window or in a reinforced PVC door, you shouldn't even attempt to tackle it by yourself. These kinds of fixtures call for a professional installation from a reliable cat flap installer or carpenter with the necessary skills and equipment.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN WIDNES
Double Glazing Installation - If you employ somebody who endeavours to drill a hole in your double glazing to install your cat flap, stop them at once and ask them to leave. New cat flaps cannot be installed into existing double glazing doors or window panels. Cutting or drilling into any type of double glazing will ruin its strength and security, along with its thermal insulation attributes. It should under no circumstances be attempted and will render the double glazing unsafe.
An experienced cat flap installer will take the measurements of the existing double glazed pane and have a local glazing firm make a new one. So that your cat flap can be nicely fitted into it, this new double glazed panel will arrive with a hole pre-cut as an integral part of its construction. This is really the only way to install a cat flap in an existing double glazed or patio door, although it can take a week or more to manufacture. Once your new pane of glass arrives, the installer will remove the old one, and swap it for the new "cat flap ready" one. It's now possible to install the new cat flap.
Exterior Wooden Doors - Solid wood doors are, as I stated previously, the easiest options for cat flap installation in Widnes. If you're a little uncomfortable with making a sizeable hole in your back or front door, you may be happier bringing in an expert handyman or cat flap fitter instead. This type of task won't be too expensive and is worth doing properly, if having your cat flap professionally installed gives you that additional reassurance.
uPVC Door Panels - uPVC doors can be used for installing a cat flap. You will have to determine what the internal structure of you door is, since for extra security certain uPVC doors are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. A one piece door panel allows for easier installation, so if you've got a slatted uPVC door, it might be less expensive to replace the panel with a single pane model.
Wall Installation - If you do not really want to cut a hole in your doors, for aesthetic or safety reasons, you could get a cat flap installed within an exterior wall. A cat flap entrance in a wall calls for a bit more skill and equipment to fit, therefore it's definitely best left to a professional. You could opt for a straight through tunnel style, or maybe a right angle version that enables access via a pillar. Installation involves a square hole being made through your wall, into which a metal or plastic, square open ended tube is inserted. An appropriate cat flap is then mounted on both sides of the hole.
Replacing Your Existing Cat Flap in Widnes - If you already have a cat flap fitted on a wall, window or door, but it is broken or not working correctly, the existing hole can, with luck, be re-used for installing a replacement. Your cat flap installer should be able to take off the unwanted cat flap, without causing damage to the window, door or wall, and fit a new flap for your cat.
Before attaching the new cat flap in a double glazing pane that has been previously pre-cut, making certain that the existing glass has been made and installed correctly is essential. The pane will have to be taken out and substituted to avoid any security and safety issues, if it is found that this is not the case and corners were cut in the previous installation.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN WIDNES
Whether you would like your cat flap fitted in a door, window or wall, you'll find that there are several professional cat flap installers, handymen and even glazing firms in and around Widnes who'll be ready to oblige. It might be possible to ask family and friends for referrals when it comes to finding a good cat flap installer. If they've had comparable work carried out by a local Widnes tradesman, and been delighted with the outcome, you can anticipate that they will do a high quality job for you as well.
If you can't find a fitter through recommendations, always try to get three or four different price quotes before making a decision, and don't forget that the cheapest may not always be the best. Try to get written guarantees or warranties for the standard of their workmanship, so if things do go awry you have some recourse.
If you take care and pick a dependable Widnes cat flap specialist you will be rewarded with a top quality product, which is installed professionally, and will give great service to you and your pussy-cat for many years to come. And all things considered - quality is the most important thing.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Widnes and also in nearby places like: Town End, Cuerdley Cross, Lunts Heath, Penketh, Runcorn, Bold Heath, Tarbock Green, Halsnead Park, West Bank, Gateacre, Halewood, Doe Green, Great Sankey, Farnworth, Moss Bank, Appleton, together with these postcodes WA8 0QU, WA8 0HA, WA8 0QS, WA8 0SH, WA8 0QF, WA8, WA8 0NF, WA8 0GW, WA8 0WR, WA8 0ZA. Local Widnes cat flap fitters will most likely have the postcode WA8 and the telephone code 0151.
Cheshire Cat Flap Enquiries
The latest Cheshire cat flap installation projects: Helena Farrow in Great Boughton, Cheshire was looking for somebody who could install a Catmate cat flap in a wooden back door in her terraced house. Corey and Amelia-Rose Rowlinson recently enquired about getting a price for installing a locking cat flap in a glass door in a bungalow in Saughall, Cheshire. Mr and Mrs Beer recently requested a quote for installing a Sureflap cat flap in a patio door in a bungalow in Bunbury. Mr and Mrs Gillespie recently asked for an estimate for installing a cat flap in a glass door in Haslington. Dion and Rose Church recently requested a price quote for installing a locking cat flap in a patio front door in Disley. Montague Waldron was looking for someone to install a Catmate cat flap in a patio front door in his bungalow in Great Boughton, Cheshire. Ameerah Pipe and Sonny Pipe recently enquired about getting a price for installing a 2-way cat flap in a glass door in Sutton, Cheshire. Timur Fielding recently asked for a quotation for installing a Sureflap cat flap in a patio back door in a cottage in Stockton Heath.
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Some Widnes roads where cat flaps have recently been fitted - Scott Avenue, Cronton Park Avenue, Tibbs Cross Lane, Dennis Road, Chestnut Avenue, Towneley Court, Devon Place, Columbine Close, Stockswell Road, Baguley Avenue, Bank Street, Brynn Street, Churchfields, Cornwall Road, Clincton Close, Cooper Street, Danescroft, Church Meadow Walk, Stapleton Way, St Lukes Crescent, Cleveleys Avenue, Susan Street, Blythe Avenue, Tern Close, Deansway, Crow Wood Place, Bowen Close, Dundalk Lane, Bude Road, as well as the following Widnes area postcodes: WA8 0QU, WA8 0HA, WA8 0QS, WA8 0SH, WA8 0QF, WA8, WA8 0NF, WA8 0GW, WA8 0WR, WA8 0ZA.
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