Cost of Fitting Pet Flaps
Price guide for having cat or dog flaps installed
Is your dog often gets locked out or you are sick of draughts because the back door is nearly always open - then fitting a dog or cat flap could be the asnswer to yoru problems! Thses flaps are fantastic as you no longer have to worry about letting your cat or dog in or out at all sorts of inconvenient times! Plus with modern technology and things like microchip detecting cat/dog flaps available, you dont have to worry about other animals getting access to your home!
Cat or dog doors can vary tremendously in price depending on the size, construction, quality, technology and manufacturer - so any potential buyer is advised to do their research before making a decision. But buying the product is the easy part, the installation can be tricky, especially if you have a glass door or are looking to place the cat/dog flap in an external wall.
Typical quotations for installing dog/cat flaps
Things to consider when fitting a pet door
It is well worth reading online reviews before making a purchase or hiring a tradesman. Depending on the type of door or wall and your pet, the cost of the pet flap and the installation can vary greatly. The range of dog and cat flaps on offer is incredible these days, they have bite-proof doors, secure microchip reader doors and fully insulated doors.
The size of the pet door should be sized about two inches larger than the pet in height and width for easy access. The basic, manual, dog or cat flap simply has a flap on a spring for entry and exit. This basic type of flap is the most affordable but there is no control or regulation over which pets can enter using the door.
So if you fit the basic pet flap, there is nothing to stop the neighbour’s cat or dog coming into your home! However, an automatic pet door can be specific to your pet as the door opening is activated by a chip or transmitter on your pet’s collar. In the UK some sort of a weather seal on the pet flap is highly recommended for energy conservation.
Doing it Yourself
Installing a cat or dog flap into a wooden or uPVC panel is not terribly difficult if you area competent DIY enthusiast. However, if you are considering installing a pet flap into an exterior wall or glass door, this is a job that is definitely best left to professionals. But even on a basic easy DIY installation, you have to be very careful about the position, make sure a burglar cannot reach through the flap and access the door latch or key.
Consider also that dog flaps for larger dogs may even be big enough for smaller burglars to crawl through! Consider adding pet-friendly movement detectors if you have a home security alarm system fitted.
To install a dog flap into a wooden door just cut a suitably sized hole using a jigsaw according to the manufacturer’s instructions, paying special attention to make the installation weathertight using a good sealant. If your door has a metal reinforced panel or is glass, do not attempt this as a DIY job or it could end up costing you even more money when you get it wrong!
Pet flap installation tips
- Standard manual pet flaps are affordable but lack security
- Microchip recognition flaps offer the ultimate security against unwelcome pet guests
- Chew proof pet flaps are available for dogs with destructive behavior
- Even manual pet flaps should be locked at night for security
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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