|What are we talking about?
||How long does it typically take to fit
a cat flap - usually in a door?
||Up to 2 hrs but see comments
||The type of door
|Questions to ask
Is the door into which the cat flap is being fitted wooden or
uPVC. Is it a rear/side door or front door? If wooden is there
a flat panel in the lower half to fit the flap into. Is the lower
panel glazed, does the customer wish to retain a glazed panel
or would a solid uPVC panel be acceptable?
Has the customer obtained the cat flap of their choice or is
50plus supplying? There are many styles of cat flap to choose
Fitting a cat flap in a door is usually relatively straight forward.
In a wooden door or half glazed door the lower panel is cut into
and the cat flap fitted within the panel using the template supplied
with the cat flap. In 'solid' e.g. front door style wooden doors
the cutting can take longer due to the thickness of the wood.
In a uPVC rear / side door the lower panel can usually be similarly
cut if it is a solid panel.
If the lower panel in a wooden or uPVC is glazed then the options
are to either replace the panel with a wooden (or uPVC) one or
fit a new glazed panel with a hole cut for the flap - the original
glazed panel can be restored if selling the property later. Single
glazing can be retrospectively cut but it's often easier to get
a replacement glazing panel. Double glazing requires a new glazing
panel to be ordered. Toughened glass should be fitted in lower
glazing panels. If wooden or uPVC panels or replacement glazing
is required then additional time will be needed.
Can cat flaps be fitted in conservatory glass panels, reinforced
doors / glazing or in walls? Yes is the answer. It's a question
of engineering the best solution. Walls typically take about 4
hrs and require cutting equipment - and remember for walls to
get the requisite length of lining panels to go with the cat flap.