Cat flaps not only give your fluffy companions the flexibility to come and go as they please, they also have several practical benefits for their owner. Working with a professional cat flap fitter is recommended, the typical cat flap installation cost is relatively low.
After a cat flap is installed, owners no longer need to be concerned about getting up and down to open the door – not to mention the risk of leaving the cat locked outside, or waking up to find your cat has left you an unwanted ‘present’ to clean up after.
If you are considering a cat flap installation, you will want to ensure that your cat flap does not impact the integrity of your home security, or lower your energy efficiency.
How much does it cost to fit a cat flap?
To determine your cat flap installation cost, you must consider the size, type and the complexity of the job to install. On average, a cat flap installation project costs £100.
|Job type||Timescales||Material costs||Labour costs|
|Small pet flap fitting on UPVC door panel||1 hour||£40||£40|
|Replace glass door panel with uPVC panel and fit small-sized flap||1.5 hours||£80||£70|
|Small pet flap fitted into external wall||1.5-2 hours||£120||£120|
|Small pet flap fitted into glass French door||2-3 hours||£80||£80|
|Small pet flap fitting on wooden door||1 hour||£40||£40|
|Small pet flap fitted into composite doors||1.5 hours||£80||£50|
Types of Cat Flaps
The cat flap market is broad, and choosing the right type for your feline is dependent on the design, mechanism and technology required.
The classic cat flap
This is the most common type of cat flap found around the world, and its functions allow for cats to come and go as they please. They are cheap and effective, but can easily let out heat from your household, and potentially allow other small animals to enter your home unwanted.
If you want to keep your cat flap fitting costs down, the classic cat flap is for you.
Lockable pet flaps
These are similar to the classic flap, but with slightly better security. For example, if you were to lock the flap at night, you could keep bad weather and unwanted visitors out of your house.
Infrared, Magnetic and Microchip flaps
These sophisticated designs are all at the more expensive end of the market, but they provide the very best in security that a cat flap can offer.
For Infrared and Magnetic flaps, a sensor is put in your cat’s collar that provides entry inside and out of your home. Microchips provide the highest level of security as a chip is placed under the skin of your pet that corresponds to the flap on the door.
Size of the cat flap
The size of the cat flap required will influence the total cat flap fitting cost. Simply put, the larger the cat flap, the more materials are required if modifications need to be made to a door or wall.
|Job type||Timescales||Material costs||Labour costs|
|Large pet flap fitting on UPVC door panel||1.5-2 hours||£50||£70|
|Replace glass door panel with uPVC panel and fit large-sized pet flap||2 hours||£100||£120|
|Large pet flap fitted into external wall||3-4 hours||£200||£250|
|Large pet flap fitted into glass French door||4-5 hours||£100||£150|
|Large pet flap fitting on wooden door||1.5 hours||£60||£65|
|Large pet flap fitted into composite doors||2-2.5 hours||£90||£100|
Cat flap in glass door cost
Fitting a cat flap in glass requires a small-medium flap space to be cut into the glass. After which the flap can then be installed and sealed off. On average, a professional cat flap fitter will charge between £160-£200 for a glass install.
Cat flap installation in wall cost
Installing a cat flap in a wall requires some brickwork and power tools. To protect the integrity of the wall, it is recommended that a professional tradesperson is utilised in the installation The average cat flap installation in wall cost is between £240 – £450.
Cat flap in upvc door cost
Installing a cat flap into a UPVC door first requires a cat flap sized panel to be removed from the door. After which the flap is installed and the panel is sealed off to prevent unwanted draughts entering your house.The average cat flap upvc door installation cost is between £80 – 120.
Cat flap in patio door cost
If you require a cat flap to be put into a patio door, it is recommended to get a quote from a professional tradesperson first.
A patio door flap installation is similar to a UPVC door installation, but may require glasswork or other materials. The average cat flap in patio door installation cost is between £150-£220.
Why hire a professional cat flap fitter
Getting a cat flap professionally installed will undoubtedly provide you with the piece of mind regarding home security and energy efficiency.
If you take on the task of a DIY cat flap installation, it could be with some risk as poorly-fitted cat flaps can let a draft in at best, and at work provide ample opportunity for a potential home invader. A professional can mitigate these risks.
The average cat flap installation cost starts from £100.
Cat flap installation cost overview
- On average, a cat flap installation project costs: £100
- The installation will take on average 2 hours
- An inexpensive option is a classic or lockable flap
- For added security, consider an infrared, magnetic or microchip flap
- Hiring a professional cat flap fitter will protect you from jeopardising your home security or energy efficiency
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