Dog Doors for Sliding Glass Doors
A panel pet door is a pet door designed to sit in the track of a sliding glass door. Easily installed or removed, a panel pet door makes a perfect choice for seasonal use or for renters not allowed to make permanent changes to their home.
Sliding glass pet door inserts unfortunately block some of the people passage. Owners of very large dogs should probably consider installing an in–glass pet door, in–door doggy door, screen pet door or in–wall pet door instead.
Sliding Glass Pet Door Insert Appearance
There are various designs of sliding glass pet door inserts on the market. The top half of the door is typically double pane tempered glass. The lower half includes a pet door installed in a solid panel or a second pane of glass. Some doors are designed with double pane tempered glass the same width as the cat or dog door to maximize the width of the people passage.
Items to consider before purchasing a panel pet door. . .
Patio Pet Door Frame
The strength and durability of patio pet doors is determined by the frame. The best frames are made of 0.063" extruded aluminum and should be designed to hold the security cover on three sides.
Some manufacturers offer color choices to make your dog door for sliding glass doors match your home's design. Most come with white framing that matches standard glass door frames.
Patio Dog Door Security Cover
Having a security cover on the outside of your patio dog door provides a way to lock your dog inside without someone having to enter your home. You won't have to worry if the gardener, pool technician or other exterior workers leave the gate to your fenced yard open while they are working. They can simply slide the security cover in place and your pet remains safely inside while they complete their work.
The best and most attractive pet dog door security covers are made from translucent gray Lexan® polycarbonate. Starboard® marine grade polymer is another good choice and is available in several opaque colors to compliment your home's decor.
Choose a cover that locks securely and a lock that won't scratch your door. I recommend positive pin action locks.
Sliding Door Dog Door Flaps
The most energy efficient dog doors include flaps hung from both sides of the frame. The most durable dog door flaps are made of heavyweight 3/16" PVC vinyl. To keep the bugs outside and your heating and air conditioning inside, I recommend installing flaps with Alnico5 magnets and stainless steel strikes.
Clear, flexible flaps provide the safest option for pets. Additionally, pets are able to see where they are going and will be less frightened by using a new pet door.
Patio Pet Door Warranties
Most panel or patio pet door warranties do not include the dog door flaps. One manufacturer offers a 6 year warranty but excludes the dog door flaps. Hale Pet Door offers the best overall warranty – 5 years with a pro–rated warranty on the flaps.
I'm Eddie Coykendall and I've been doing professional dog door installation since 2002. Give me a call at 702-379-0609 or contact me and together we'll find the purrfect pet door to allow your pet to happily enter and leave your home through a new glass door or window dog door.