Location can raise pet door cost

Location can raise pet door cost

"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

"A handyman service can take care of that, no problem," says Al Hartley, owner of A-rated Al the Handyman in Austin.

He recommends homeowners purchase the pet door themselves to ensure they get the right product for their needs. He estimates the installation takes a couple of hours and costs about $180 to $250.

Customers should carefully consider their installation options, says Paul Carapetyan, owner of highly rated Expert Service Inc. in Austin.

"We can install them in doors or walls, it's just a question of what's best for the customer," he says. Both companies say wall installations are more costly if the work requires rerouting electrical wires, and installations involving paneled doors are less appealing because the pet door cannot be mounted completely flush.

Once installed, make sure the pet door has been properly sealed with a waterproof caulk, Carapetyan adds. "If you breach an otherwise airtight element like a door and don't caulk it, you're creating leaks," he says.

However, Hartley mentions that installing a pet door will inevitably create some energy loss. Pet doors that feature magnetically sealing flaps may reduce this effect.

Carapetyan adds that purchasing a pet door with a slide-in security panel or one that's remotely activated by a special collar can help keep unwanted critters, and humans, out.

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

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