Important Things to Consider Before Installing a Dog Door

A dog door makes it easy for your furry friends to go in and out of the house as needed. If you’re looking into having a dog door installed, read on as Handyman Connection® of Orange County shares the things you should consider.

Your Dog’s Size

Make sure your pet will fit into the dog door. Ideally, the opening should be at least 2 inches wider than the measurement between your pet’s shoulders, and should be 2 inches taller than the measurement between the top of their shoulder and the bottom of their chest. If you’re ordering online, make sure to check opening size from the product specifications; some listings only include the shipping dimensions.

Types of Dog Doors

No matter what type of entry door you have, there’s a dog door for it. These are the most common types:

  • Sliding Door Inserts — This type of dog door can be installed by opening a sliding door and inserting it between the sash and frame.
  • Flap Doors — Flap doors are installed in a door or wall. The opening is covered by a plastic flap. Some types come with a rigid cover that can be slid over when you want to secure the opening.
  • Electronic Doors — Electronic dog doors are typically standalone systems that feature a sliding door panel that is automatically opened by a transmitter on your dog’s collar. Some electronic dog doors can be hooked up to an existing smart home system.

Cutting a Hole Through Your Door

Installing a dog door requires cutting a hole through your door. If your entry door is still within warranty—dog doors are ideally installed on the rear entry door—you should ask your entry door contractor first how installing a dog door will affect your warranty. Standard dog doors may also affect your home’s energy efficiency by allowing heat to escape during heating season. Choose insulated dog doors that create an airtight seal when closed. Dual-flap doors can also help reduce heat loss.

Whatever dog door you ultimately choose, Handyman Connection of Orange County can help you with its installation. Give us a call at (714) 288-0077. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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