Wall Entry Pet Doors
Pet doors are a great option to allow your pet a little more freedom without having to run around letting them in and out yourself. In the past, pet doors built into an existing door have been the most popular option for pet owners. However, adding a pet door into an existing door not only makes for a congested walkway, but additionally does irreparable damage to the door in the process. Wall doors, on the other hand, can be removed easily, and the wall can be patched without causing any form of long term damage.
Where can they be installed?
Wall entry pet doors can be installed in almost any wall. The aluminum frame and plastic telescoping tunnel make these doors easy to customize. Whether stucco, brick, or siding, you can easily install your pet door anywhere you find a convenient place to allow your pet access to the outdoors, or any other area of the house. A slide-in panel allows you to close the door at night, or to restrict access when you feel necessary. Additionally, the double flap system keeps outdoor weather out and indoor weather in.
Choosing a Door
When choosing a Wall Pet Door be sure to consider what size your pet will be when he or she is full grown. To find out your pet’s anticipated size, consult your veterinarian for a good recommendation. The wall doors we carry at Flexpetz come in three sizes. Small doors are recommended for pets up to 15 lbs. Medium doors are recommend for pets up to 40 lbs. Large doors are recommended for pets up to 100 lbs.
Another important feature to consider is whether you want a product with a single or double door. Some pet doors come with only one flap. These doors allow the elements into your home much more easily than a double flap door. Doors like our Petsafe Aluminum Wall Entry Pet Doors offer the double flap system to provide better climate control based on the air insulation between the two flaps. Wall entry doors, specifically, also look much more finished with flaps that are flush with both sides of the wall, rather than a single flap on one side of the wall and a hole on the other.
Installing Your Door
Installing anything through a wall can be dangerous if the work is approached without careful consideration for what’s behind the wall. Before beginning the installation process, take care to check what kinds of electrical components could be in the wall. Additionally, other pipes, junction boxes, or studs could be in the way of your first placement option, so be sure to carefully consider multiple options before buying your door, so that you can get the best use out of your wall entry dog door.
For installation instructions, always refer to the manufacturer’s guide. Some dog doors for walls are self framing, others require a little extra framing work. Self-framing your wall entry dog door will most likely also involve more expense. The bonus of framing the door yourself is that it allows you to use any pet door. However, with options like our Petsafe Wall Entry Pet Doors, in multiple sizes, the advantage of self framing is minimal.
If you have any doubt that you are capable of installing one of these wall entry pet doors, be assured that the skills necessary can be found easily in any general contractor.