Best pet doors still allow draft

Best pet doors still allow draft

"I'm looking for a company or contractor to 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

Look for a handyman service, says James Richie, owner of A-rated Handydad in Carrollton.

"Installing the pet door into a door is always better," he says. "If you sell your home, it's easier to replace the door than repair a wall, and there are structural, electrical and plumbing issues with exterior walls."

Any possible leaks are also much easier to detect in a door than in a wall. Caulking the edges where the new pet door meets the "people" door is crucial to preventing moisture infiltration. But remember, he adds, once a hole is cut in a door, it can never be repaired to its original state.

Most customers purchase the dog door themselves, and the average job takes about 90 minutes, Richie says.

Consider two additional factors: energy loss and security. Even though some models feature double flaps for a better seal, even the best pet door will introduce a draft, which will lead to some heating and cooling loss.

"The security issue is also a reasonable concern, but most doors feature a slide-in security panel," Richie says. However, leaving even the smallest of pet doors open means that an average-sized adult can reach in and unlock the handle or dead bolt.

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


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