Upgrade your pet door to get more security
"I'm looking for a company or contractor that would install pet doors. What kind of company should I be looking for, and what should I expect out of the job?" — Angie's List member Hector Sosa
Specializing in cat doors built into glass blocks for out-of-reach basement windows, Tenhover says this method is one of the most convenient, since cats can easily jump up to 5 feet high to reach the basement window exit, which sits at ground level. Other small pets can reach the basement pet door, too, if the homeowner has placed a ramp or boxes leading up to the window.
Tenhover says homeowners don't have to worry as much about security with this option, since pet doors come with their own one- or two-way locking latches, designed to keep out pesky intruders such as raccoons or opossums.
"I custom-build the frame around the door with treated wood, so it doesn't rot," Tenhover says. "It seals much better than old-fashioned swinging pet doors."
Purchasing a pet door online for around $25 will save homeowners money, Tenhover says, as will taking the kit to a contractor who doesn't charge extra for the service. "I only charge $75 - the same cost to install a glass block window," he says.
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