Pet Friendly Entryways

How to have a Storm Door with Pet Door, and Other Pet Friendly Entryways…

Taking the dog/cat/or otherwise out is a tedious task.  Fur children can be the epitome of need, with their bathroom habits, exercise routines, and erratic sunbathing.  If the barrier between the outdoors and the indoors is wholly dependent on you, you’re likely spending a lot of your day opening and closing doors.  Well, no more.  Help your animals enjoy the spring and independence by installing a pet door.  No matter what your entryway situation is, whether it be a screen door, a sliding door, a wood door… even a storm door with pet door is possible.  Explore your options!

 

Screen Door – If you only want your pets in the back yard when your home, think about creating a pet door inside a screen door.  This allows you to maintain a barrier between the yard and your home only when you want one, and when you don’t, just close the main door! These kits are also fairly easy to install yourself – you just need a screen cutter and screw driver. One thing to keep in mind though is climate.  Do you live in a warm area? Or will having just a screen door between you and the outside drastically effect your homes temperature.  Screens are ideal for sunny weather areas.

 

Sliding Door – Yes, it’s possible.  With this option you can retain the heat of your home while also having the ability to block the doggy door off with the front screen.  Unfortunately, glass cannot be as easily altered as screen.  In order to install one of these you will need to replace one of the glass doors with panel that already has a pet door installed.

 

Window – It’s fairly common that a home would have a window close to the floor.  Many times these will be situated around a door frame, or near a deck.  This can be a more affordable way to install a pet door as you don’t need to buy quite as large of a panel as you would for a door.

 

A saw, a screwdriver, and a standard pet door is all you need to transform this entryway.  Measure out the size of the doggy door, cut around it, put it in, when it’s flush with the door fasten it in with screws.  That’s all you have to do.  It’s fairly DIY, and if you’re looking for extra protection, you can purchase an electric pet door that has the option to lock so you can make your home more secure.

 

Storm Door – A storm door with pet door is going to be fairly similar to installing one in a wood door.  The main thing you want to keep in mind when adding a doggy door to something as heavy duty as a storm door is weather.  Not just any pet door will suffice in this situation, you’re going to want something that prevents drafts, and something that can be locked and sealed.  Altering a door built for extreme weather necessitates buying a more durable pet door – otherwise you’re defeating the purpose.

 

Whatever your pet door needs, we can find a solution.  Help your furry friends enjoy the warm weather to come!  For assistance installing a doggy door, or for a free quote, call (228) 297-0063

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