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Types Of Cat Flap Installiation

FULL LENGTH DOUBLE GLAZED UNIT FOR UPVC DOOR OR WINDOW WITH CAT FLAP VENT HOLE

Double Glazed full door with vent hole cut out for glass fitting cat flap.

A survey will be required for us to get the extract measure and cavity of glass.

Your glass will be bespoke to your door or window.

Lead times for glass to be ready and fitted is 5 to 7  working days from survey

We must know which cat flap you require fitting  into the glass prior to it being made, this is a necessity as the vent hole has different dimensions for each type and brand of cat flap.

Replace Glass Panel with UPVC Panel & Fit Cat Flap

We could take out the existing glass panel and replace with UPVC door panel.

The main advantage to this is that plastic is considerably cheaper than glass.

There is no five day wait for glass manufacturer and no need to wait for us to survey. Our fitters always carry stock sheets UPVC in 24mm and 28mm on our vans.

We would take out your existing double glazed panel, cut a new piece of UPVC and jigsaw in a hole for the cat flap. This can all be done in half an hour.

Some people worry about the security of replacing the glass with plastic, but UPVC will not smash like glass making it in our opinion more robust.

Cat Flap In Timber Frame ` Hack Out`

After a glazing `hack out`, it will be your responsibility to redecorate afterwards. We strongly advise clients to wait a period of a week before you can touch up with paint so that the silicone or putty can dry properly. A gazing `hack out` is not as brutal as it sounds.

As qualified and experienced Glazers, we will always endeavor to be as delicate as possible. However, there is an increased probability that the original glass may break on removal, dependant on how tight the wood fits around the glass.

In rare cases, the original glass is not pinned into the timber but glued at manufacturing level during production at the factory. If this is the case, we are left with no option but to break the glass to enable us to remove it.  Also, a side effect of removing the original glass from timber is that the wood bead may splinter.

We have no alternative but to cut away at the original paintwork ( often some older frames will have layers of paint jobs ); We feel it is our duty to inform you that the frame will not look as aesthetically pleasing to the eye once the glass is replaced., however a lick of paint usually will rectify this

Cat Flap Into Timber Doors.

With wooden doors, it’s vital to make the installation weather proof.

We will using a cordless jigsaw cut a rectangular hole in the timber. If your wood has beading that interferes with the area occupied by the cat flap we will have to make provisions for this.

We will seal the cat flap and the outside surface of the wood using a weatherproof sealant.

Cat Flap In Half Door or Window double glazed

Double Glazed half door with vent hole cut out for glass fitting cat flap.

A survey will be required for us to get the extract measure and cavity of glass.

Your glass will be bespoke to your door or window.

Lead times for glass to be ready and fitted is 5 to 7  working days from survey

We must know which cat flap you require fitting  into the glass prior to it being made. This is a necessity as the vent hole has different dimensions for each type and brand of cat flap.

Fitting a Cat Flap Into an UPVC Door Panel

If you have an existing UPVC door panel, then we can cut through it using a Cordless Jigsaw and install your chosen Cat Flap.

Please be aware that this process will ONLY work for flat panels in a back door.

Front doors with mouldings –  we would not cut into for the following reasons: – 

The mouldings in a front door give that lower portion of the door a certain amount of rigidity, and the minute you cut through them, you will have reduced that rigidity.

Cat flaps expect to be mounted on a flat surface, so there will be interference between the flanges on either side of the hole and those raised bits.

The door incorporates a metal sheet for strength/integrity, which we can’t cut into.

By cutting into a moulded panel, you are offering a route for moisture to get inside it, which may well have implications for any metalwork inside and water logging of insulation.

Replacing the glass in an aluminium door

Unfortunately, many aluminium doors are `wrap around glazed` or put simply the frame is built around the glass. Which means there are no beads to get the glass out as in uPVC frames.

The Door has to be taken off its hinges and laid on benches to get the glass out. This in the trade is known as a `strip down door `.

It is one of the most hated jobs in the business

A Strip down door is a two man job due to the weight of the frame and glass; It would be an impossible task to complete on your own.

Replacing the glass in an aluminium door is a very labour intensive project and can take up to ninety minutes to complete, It all depends on how easy it is to strip down; often the bolts are rusted and hard to get out and even more difficult to put back together. The bolts are situated in the top middle and bottom of the frame and are usually covered by grommets or plastic covers.

Cutting a Hole In 4mm Glass for Cat Flap

When cutting into glass, it’s vital to make the installation weather proof.

We can cut a hole in 4mm glass for a cat flap by using a circle glass cutter.

This process takes about half hour. Beware that there is a 10% chance that the glass may crack.

YOU CANNOT CUT INTO  laminated glass, toughened glass &  double glazing .

We will seal the cat flap using a weatherproof sealant.

Call Us For Cat Flap Fitting Advice & Guidance 0800 689 1921

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