Avoid energy loss in pet doors by using silicone caulk

Avoid energy loss in pet doors by using silicone caulk

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

Any handyman can install a pet door, according to Daryl Vidal, owner of highly rated California Maintenance Repair Services, which services Los Angeles and surrounding counties.

For between $200 to $450, depending on the type of pet door a homeowner wants, a contractor can cut the necessary hole into an existing door or wall and install the kit.

"Walls have electric, plumbing and gas lines you have to cut around, which is more challenging, " Vidal says. "Installing the kit into a door is cheaper. A flat panel wood door installation is the easiest to do, whereas metal is harder to cut into."

If you want the pet door installed in a more elaborately designed door, Vidal urges that the contractor place silicone caulk around the trim to keep out moisture. However, every pet door will contribute to some loss of energy efficiency in the home, he says.

As for safety concerns, you can install sensors or locking mechanisms to keep unwanted animals or people out. "Both cat and dog doors have magnetic closures on them to help keep them closed," he says.

Do you have a service-related question? E-mail us at mailbag@angieslist.com.


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