Sliding Glass Pet Panels
If you, like many other pet owners, lack the ability or the wall space to install a wall entry pet door, another great option for you may be to choose a Patio Panel for your sliding patio door. Petsafe patio panels are a safe and easy way to add a dog door to your home.
What is a Patio Panel?
Petsafe Patio Panels are made with tempered glass and energy conserving UltraSeal technology, and are safe and secure for your family and your pets. A patio panel dog door for sliding glass doors is one of the few dog door solutions that you can utilize for your pets that DOES NOT require any cutting. This door system does not require any modification to your existing door frame at all, and fits easily into your sliding glass door for a risk free solution that you can take with you when you move.
How does it work?
Dog doors for sliding glass doors are inserted into the existing track of your sliding patio door. The dog doors are most typically inserted into the same track as the glass door, although some have been used in the screen track. The pet door will lock into place and allow you to close and lock your glass door onto it. These types of pet doors are specifically made for standard door sizes. If your sliding glass door is an unusual size you will need to special order your pet patio panel from the manufacturer to ensure a proper fit.
Depending on the brand of pet patio panel you choose, some models come in a variety of finishes and colors. Certain door systems even offer frosted bathroom glass so that you can keep your curtains open for your pet without losing privacy for your family.
What is it made of?
At FlexPetz, we only sell products that we would be comfortable using in our homes. The Petsafe Patio Panels we sell are made of sturdy aluminum with tempered glass for the safety of your pets and family. Additionally, the Petsafe door systems include energy saving UltraSeal technology to minimize the loss of climate control that is standard with so many dog doors for sliding glass doors.
How Do I choose the right one for me?
There are three main considerations to make when looking for the perfect patio panel.
1. Will I fit through the door once the panel is installed?
Since many companies offer a varying range of sizes, be sure to measure and test the space that will be left for your family and friends to walk through once your door is installed. If this presents a challenge, look for another option or a different brand. You wouldn’t want the door to become obsolete for everyone but your pet!
2. How large does the actual dog door need to be?
Just as with any type of dog door, be sure to choose a door system that can accommodate the maximum size of your pets. If you have a puppy now, purchase a door that would be appropriately sized for them when they are full grown. Many brands offer relatively standard sizing (small, medium, large, extra large) denoted by maximum weight in pounds.
3. How high should the ‘step over’ be?
Because you won’t be measuring and cutting into your door or wall for this dog door system, you will not be able to customize how tall the ‘step over’ on your door is. When you choose your dog door size, you will also have to choose ‘step over height’. If you are planning on using this door for multiple pets, more consideration should be taken to ensure that one doesn’t have to jump through the door while the other crawls through it. Many brands offer standard sizing (small, medium, large, extra large) denoted by maximum height in inches, to help you choose which door is right for you.
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