What Are Your Pet Door Options?

Security, Functionality, Or Both?

There's no question about the benefits of pet doors -- allowing your best friend the freedom to go in and out as he pleases is important to his happiness, and it's convenient for owners too. For owners, though, it could be difficult to figure out pet door options. It really comes down to balancing three things:

  • Budget: Can you afford one of the pricier options (including custom pet doors) or do you need the cheapest option?
  • Security: Temporary pet doors are convenient but present a security problem.
  • Aesthetics: Do want a pet door that matches your door and interior and do you care about functionality?

If budget is your top concern, then the easiest way to go is with a temporary pet door that fits into a patio door. The problem with this is that because they are removable, there's always going to be a question of security. The simple solution is then to set up the temporary pet door when you are home, then remove it when you are away or sleeping. However, what if you want your pet to have access during those times?

If that's the case, then your best bet is to go with a sliding door that has a pet door installed . From there, you have two options:

  • Install a new sliding door that has a pet door
  • Install a pet door into your existing sliding door

In these two cases, the functionality is essentially the same. With the pet door natively installed in the sliding door, it just has to be open or shut based if access is allowed. There's no fiddling with bulky temporary pet doors or lining it up with the tracks; it's there and it's done. Easy, right?

When it comes to aesthetics, though, it's another question. Sliding doors with pet doors can blend seamlessly into your room's color scheme and architecture. It can make any pet door seem less intrusive and more natural. You might find this with new screen doors, but your choice is limited and you'll have to find a make/model/color that best works with your interior. It might be a good fit or it might now be, so if you're really concerned with making things match, definitely budget for a sliding door with a pet door.


Your Bay Area Choice for Pet Doors

For residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and all of its major metropolitan areas (San Jose, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Marin), A1 On-Track provides professional sliding door installation and repair. A1's selection of sliding doors with pet doors are of the highest quality and can be customized to fit your pet door needs. A1's professional service comes with a track record high-quality materials (including a wide range of pet door choices), affordable rates, and friendly, punctual service. If you need help determining your pet door options, contact A1 On-Track todayfor your free initial consultation.