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Let Fido in, keep weather out with quality pet door

"I'm looking for a company or contractor that would install pet doors. Where should I have the door installed, and what should I expect out of the job?" — Angie's List member Hector Sosa

Most pet doors are made to be installed in a door rather than a wall, says Donald Patterson, owner of highly rated Anything to Do With Doors in San Antonio. However, extension sleeves can be purchased for wall installations.

Patterson says that pet doors installed in walls are more permanent and cost more due to the extra labor required.

Installing a pet door in a sliding glass patio door is another option to consider, Patterson says. If you're willing to spend $500 to $600, a specially ordered two-piece glass panel can be yours in about five weeks.

Once installed, Patterson says to make sure the pet door frame is properly caulked to prevent moisture penetration. He also recommends buying a high-quality door with features that prevent water or drafts from entering.

"A double flap door works to keep water out and most of the doors have magnets at the bottom so they can swing both ways and stay latched shut," he says.

He adds that he doesn't consider pet doors a security concern.

"If a burglar wants to get in, they'll get in — if anything they'll get stuck in the pet door if they try to get in that way."

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as the owner of Alamo Pet Doors & Pet Fences, we are the experts in pet door installations in the San Antonio area. This is all we do. I have to agree with Mr. Patterson's point of view on pet doors. The turn around time on in glass installations is exagerated a bit. It normally takes about 7 to 10 days. Most of our pet door installations through walls take an average of 4 hours depending on the exterior type. Customers often comment that they don't know how they got along without one. They just free up so much time and their pets go as they please without bothering them. Less stress is the way I see it.

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