Cat Flap Fitter Stockton-on-Tees County Durham (TS19): To allow your cat the freedom and independence that it needs to live a life of contentment, you could install a cat flap to an external wall or door in your Stockton-on-Tees home. When kept indoors, cats much like humans, will get crabby and irritated. Allowing your pet access to the outside world with a cat flap can also help to keep them mentally and physically fit. If this sounds like a good option for you, exactly what type of cat flap should you fit?
The most basic form of cat flap, is just that. A hole in a door with a bendable sheet of material placed over it, to provide protection from the weather, but let the cat pass through. Obviously, this is really basic, and will rarely adequate for most cat owners in Stockton-on-Tees, who would no doubt favour something a tad more secure and weatherproof for an external door to their property, although it could be suitable for an outhouse door or fence panel.
This uncomplicated design can be improved on slightly with magnetic strips to hold the flap in position, but it's still far from perfect as it allows other cats or animals a way to enter into your property.
The next step up from the magnetic strip design are infra-red or RF chip, magnetically operated cat flaps. With these, either a magnet, IR or RF chip will be enclosed in your cat's collar. Unless an animal is fitted with one of these special collars, it will be unable to open the flap and access or leave your property, hence avoiding some unwelcome visitors. The reality that any other moggy in the Stockton-on-Tees area that's got a similar model of collar can access your house, is the drawback with this kind of cat flap. Even these cat flaps can be upgraded to some extent with an RF cat flap/collar system containing a user programmed unique identifier.
Installing a cat flap which can be triggered by your pet's microchip, is the next level in entry security for felines. The memory of these battery powered cat flaps can be programmed with one or even multiple microchip details (if you have more than one cat), to provide exclusive access. The flap will be unfastened when your cat is in the vicinity, only permitting entry or exit to pets that are microchipped.
Whenever you are purchasing a cat flap, you should make certain it's of a design that can be locked into position. Nowadays, the majority of cat flaps on the market boast a 4-way locking system for added security. Which means it has the capability to allow only exit from your home, be fully locked, allow access into your home only, or be put in 2-way exit and entry mode. This will give you a variety of choices on exactly how your cat flap operates any time of the day and night time. Some top-end cat flaps can be set to carry out particular functions according to the time of day, in keeping with yours and your pet's requirements.
If you are pretty good at DIY, fitting your own cat flap should not be all that difficult, if you've got a wooden door on your house in Stockton-on-Tees. Although, if it has to be installed into a reinforced uPVC door or in a double glazed window panel, you should not even attempt it by yourself. This sort of installation will require the attention of a professional, and there are dedicated cat flap installers and skilled handymen who'll be glad to undertake such work.
INSTALLING CAT FLAPS IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES
Double Glazing Installation - If your cat flap is going to be installed in a double glazing window or door panel, and your chosen "tradesman" tries to drill a hole in it, stop them right away and give them their marching orders. It isn't possible to fit a new cat flap into a double glazing door panel or window pane. Any type of double glazing will be ruined by drilling or cutting into it, and will damage its strength, thermal insulation properties and security. Your double glazing will be made unsafe, and it shouldn't be attempted under any circumstances whatsoever.
It is necessary to get a new double glazed pane made specially for this purpose by a glazing firm, and your local Stockton-on-Tees cat flap installer will measure your existing unit and order the new one. As a part of its structure this new pane will have a pre-cut hole, which your cat flap can be fitted neatly into. You may have a one or two week wait for this pane to be made, however if you need a cat flap installed in a pre-existing patio or double glazed door, this is really the only way to do it. Once you have taken possession of your new pane of glass, the old unit can be removed and the new panel fitted. The installation of your cat flap will then be concluded.
External Wooden Doors - As stated earlier, timber door panels are the easiest option in relation to cat flap installation on your house in Stockton-on-Tees. It's usually better to bring in a professional cat flap fitter or handyman, if you are at all nervous about creating a big hole in your front door. An undertaking like this is fairly inexpensive and will provide you with peace of mind that your kitty will have the use of an expertly installed flap.
uPVC Door Panels - uPVC doors can be used for installing a cat flap. You or your fitter will need to ascertain what the interior structure of you door is, since for extra security certain uPVC door panels are manufactured with a galvanised steel lining. A one piece panel enables easier installation, so if you've got a uPVC door that is slatted, it might be cheaper to swap the panel for a single panel style.
Wall Installation - If, for security or aesthetic reasons, you don't want to have a chunk cut out of your door, you could choose to install your cat flap in an exterior wall of your house. Needing far more equipment and skill, a wall cat flap install is undoubtedly better left to the pros, if it's to be accomplished correctly. Most cat flap installations in walls involve a basic straight tunnel style, but right angular access via a pillar can also be achieved. A neat square hole will be cut through your wall, into which is inserted a metal or plastic, open ended square tube. Both ends of the hole are then installed with an appropriate cat flap so that your feline friend can exit and enter your home whenever it desires.
Replacing an Existing Cat Flap in Stockton-on-Tees - If you already have a cat flap fitted on your wall, door or window, but it is damaged or not working correctly, the existing hole can hopefully be re-used for the installation of a replacement. You local cat flap installer will be able to remove the old cat flap, without damaging the surrounding window, door or wall, and fit a new flap for your cat.
When the installation involves insertion into a pre-cut hole in a double glazed panel, it will be important to check that this was previously done in the right way, before attaching the new cat flap. If you discover this isn't the case, and a botch was made of the original installation, the glass will have to be taken out and replaced to avoid any security and safety problems.
FINDING A CAT FLAP INSTALLER IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES
Whether you need your cat flap mounted on a door, wall or window, you will find that there are professional cat flap fitters, handyman contractors and even local glazing firms in and around Stockton-on-Tees who'll be willing to help. There are several ways of finding a reputable cat flap fitter, and few come close to the option of asking family and friends. You can be certain that if they have been willing to recommend someone who has carried out work for them, you'll get a very similar service.
If it is not feasible to get recommendations from your contacts, you should try to get at least three different quotes from local cat flap installers before deciding. It's generally sensible not to always opt for the cheapest option. Check if they provide any warranties or guarantees for the quality of their workmanship, so you've got some recourse if something unfortunately goes amiss when the work is carried out.
An experienced cat flap installation contractor in Stockton-on-Tees will supply you with a good quality product, skillfully fitted, and one which will last you, and your pussy-cat, for many years.
Cat flaps can be fitted in Stockton-on-Tees and also nearby in: Eaglescliffe, Whinney Hill, Roseworth, Billingham, Newton Bewley, Norton, Redmarshall, Ingleby Barwick, Middlesbrough, Normanby, Bishopton, Fairfield, Wolviston, Little Stainton, as well as in these postcodes TS16 0DN, TS16 0FD, TS16 0AF, DL2 1TG, TS16 0JJ, TS16 0LW, TS16 0BY, TS16 0AH, TS16 0JY, TS16 0EN. Locally based Stockton-on-Tees cat flap fitters will probably have the telephone dialling code 01642 and the postcode TS19.
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Householders who live in the following streets have recently requested cat flap installation services - Birkdale Road, Butterfield Grove, Swinburne Road, Sycamore Road, St James Close, Cedar Grove, Stainsby Street, Tedder Avenue, Dale Grove, Beckfields Centre, Cennon Grove, Daventry Avenue, Cherry Tree Gardens, Cormland Close, St Michael's Grove, Stapleton Street, St Michaels Court, Stornoway Close, Scalby Square, Cromer Court, Stewart Road, Castlemartin, Dipton Road, Cowpen Crescent, Bede Close, Berwick Grove, The Mews, Cheltenham Avenue, Chesham Close, The Bungalows, as well as the following Stockton-on-Tees area postcodes: TS16 0DN, TS16 0FD, TS16 0AF, DL2 1TG, TS16 0JJ, TS16 0LW, TS16 0BY, TS16 0AH, TS16 0JY, TS16 0EN.
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