Draughtproof cat flap design
The Petflap is a draughtproof cat flap designed and built in the UK
Imagine a cold winter’s evening, warm and cosy in the house, rain and wind outside. Now imagine all that damp and cold staying outside and the cat nipping in and out through a gentle, draughtproof and robust cat flap that shuts behind itself every time. We knew we could design one, and we have.
No cold draughts, no trapped tails, no scary noises, no jittery cats or dogs.
What we didn’t want it to do
Thinking of the things we wanted it not to do was very easy. Not clang open and shut a million times day with every breeze, or huff and puff every time someone opened or closed a door in the house. Not flap back and forth repeatedly once a pet managed to open and pass through. Not to trap a tail or paw. Not drag along your pet’s back.
Not break inside a year or two. Not spoil the look of your nice door.
Designing to high standards
The Petflap pet access door is cut and weighted to ensure that it closes perfectly every time. We understand anecdotally that our solution could work for Passivhaus designs through both doors and walls as the thermal bridge is now much reduced, but this has not yet been formally tested and quantified.
We’ve tried materials from wood to plastic and several design aproaches. As always, to do a job well you need to start with the best materials, so our focus now is on a range of materials to help make The Petflap light, durable and robust. To help insulate and reduce radiated heat loss we use high quality plastics and riot shield material inside the door; these are UV stable and allow your pet a good view through from either side. A draughtproof cat flap doesn’t need to compromise on looks or functionality.
We do not have warehouses full of Petflaps. They are made in small quantities with each run tightly quality controlled. This means we can quickly spot any quality issues with materials or coatings and ensure we are giving you our best at all times. On the other hand it means we sell out at times and there may be a wait to buy.
The Petflap products depend on highly skilled and professional men and women in the UK who take pride in producing a brilliant product. That means we don’t have to ship the product between continents or rely on uncertain manufacturing conditions; rather we are supporting the high value skills available right here in the UK.
We do not depend on you buying a new Petflap every few years. One of the many benefits of good design is longevity, so our products last many years, with high quality, stable, weather resistant materials. Those materials are highly recyclable and have well understood chemistries and predictable behaviour. That’s why we offer a two year working guarantee.
We do not have a long list of options and styles; rather we’ve settled on a small range of practical, well-designed products. If what we stock is not right for your needs, we can custom design and build one especially for you, so it too will be brilliant.