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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