Pet Doors For Windows
Pet Doors for Sash Windows and Sliding Windows
If you have a sash window that slides up and down, or a sideways sliding window you're in luck! A window pet door is a quick and easy way to give your pet access without having to install a dog door or cat door in your doors or walls.
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Q. What is meant by "sash window"?
A. A sash window, or "double-hung" window consists of two window units, one above the other, in separate tracks. The bottom unit slides up and down in the inside track and the top unit may slide in the outside track as well. There may be a locking device in the center where the two window frames meet.
Q. How is a pet door installed in a sash window?
A. The installation is very simple. The lower window is raised and the pet door unit is positioned in the track beneath the window. Then the window is closed on the pet door sash.
Q. What are the major types or styles of sash window pet doors?
A. Some are available with dual pane glass and high quality flap designs. These will be more expensive but will provide much better performance in extreme temperatures. Sash window pet doors with single pane glass with cheaper flaps will not perform so well but will be less expensive.
Q. What are some specific points that I should think about when considering a sash window pet door?
A. Is the window close enough to the floor that my pet can easily access the pet door? If not, do I have a way to put steps or a ramp to make it accessible? The same consideration applies to the outside of the window as well, of course.
Q. Can I lock my window with the pet door installed? What kind of lock will the pet door include?
A. A sash window pet door may not include a lock at all as there are two very simple methods for locking the window:
Q. When I raise my window to accommodate the pet door, I break a seal at the center between the two window sections. Any way to seal this up again?
A. Your sash window pet door should come with weather strip designed to seal this gap up again. Be sure the particular one that interests you has this.
What about the screen?
A. It's got to come off!
Q. Ouch! These are expensive. Any way to make my own?
A. Sure. Here's how (this is going to sound harder than it is):
Start with a piece of plywood or Lexan cut tall enough to accept the pet door and wide enough to extend to a shade less than half the depth of each track. This dimension will allow the panel to be inserted into the track. When one end is all the way in, the other end will just clear the opposite track wall. Then you center so that both ends protrude into the track half way.
Run adhesive-backed weather-strip along the top and bottom of your panel to ensure a tight seal. From the outside, drill a hole in each corner at an angle into the window track. Use a wood or metal screw in each corner to hold your material in place. Install a door mount type pet door of your choice into the wood or Lexan panel you've fastened in place.
If necessary, shim around the hole to the thickness required by the pet door. You'll want to install the pet door before fastening the panel into the track. If wood, paint to match your decor. Lexan looks like glass so no painting required. Close the window on your pet door and decide if you need a lock (see above).
If the opening of your window has broken the seal between the two window sections, weather-strip that gap. You can find the weather-stripping you need at pet door weather-stripping.
Bingo! You're done.
Q: Are the Ideal Sash Windows made with dual pane glass?
A: No, they are made with ⅛” thick single pane glass.
Q: Can I lock the Ideal Fast Sash for Windows?
A: Yes, it comes with a locking cover that slides in from the top of the sash window. You will need to double check to make sure that there is no lip sticking out on the frame that closes down on top of the sash pet door because that would get in the way of sliding in the cover.
Q: Can I switch the side the pet door is on? How would I do that with the Ideal models?
A: You have to specify on the order where you want the door installed. You should really make sure this is where you want the door to be as once the Ideal sash is built with the door to the left or right it cannot be changed and it is custom and non-returnable.
Q: Can I switch the side the pet door is on with the Thermo Sash IIIe? How?
A: Yes, you can by removing the screws on the top and bottom, then sliding the flap assembly out. Once it is removed you simply flip it upside down and slid it right back in. Next you put the screws back in, tighten them all down and you’re finished.
Q: Can you make a Thermo Sash smaller than the 22" adjustment?
A: Not generally if you want glass in it. What you can do is trim down the spring loaded piece on the side, to give you an extra ¾” of compression so that you can get it down to 21-¼”. If this is still not enough them give us a call with your dimensions, because we might be able to build one for you that only uses metal and not glass. This may not seem as nice aesthetically, but it will get the job done and you’ll be very happy with the Endura flap choice.
Q: Do I need tools to install the Hale Pet Door Omni Sash?
A: Yes, you will need a wrench in order to install the Hale Omni Sash as that is used to finally tighten the adjusting nuts and hold it in place. This is included in the kit that comes with the Omni. If you want, and this is optional, you can drill a screw into the frame of the window which would make it so that you can’t pull the window away from the pet door. This would make it more of a semi-permanent installation.
Q: Do I need tools to install the Thermo Sash?
A: No, there are no tools required to install the Thermo Sash, but just like with the Hale you can drill in a screw above the sliding window for security.
Q: Do the Ideal Sash Windows come in colors?
A: They used to come in a satin aluminum color, but not any longer. They are offered in the white color only.
Q: Do you have any pet door sashes that are electronic?
A: Yes, the Ideal “E” Cat Electronic Cat Door is electronic, but it is for cats only and it only controls one way (magnetic). This means that it wouldn’t be a good choice if you wanted to keep one cat inside and let another in and out. Also it isn’t raccoon proof, as with the magnetic doors they can get their little nails under the flap from the outside and pull it backwards, simulating something going out.
Q: Do you make any sash windows with the microchip doors?
A: Yes, we can make a unit with the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door installed in it. This would be a custom order and since we don’t have it on the website yet you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (800) 826-2871 and make sure you press 2.
Q: Do you offer different colors for sash windows?
A: We do in the more insulated models. For the Thermo Sash we have white, bronze, and satin (aluminum) and in the Omni we have the same options and an additional choice of Arizona Beige.
Q: Does the locking cover slide in from the top for the Hale Omni Sash Window?
A: No, the locking cover slides in from the side for your convenience. This works well if you have something above your window that may get in the way of sliding the cover from the top.
Q: How do I measure my window for the Hale Omni Sash Window?
A: You first want to measure the full width of your window, however you will go from the deepest part of the inside track in the left all the way over and stop short of measuring inside the track on the right. Keep in mind that the unit comes with a 3" width adjustment. Next, measure the height the window will open, the width of the track, and the space from the top of the window while closed up to the bottom of the window frame.
Q: How high do I have to raise my window in order to get the Extra Large flap size for a Thermo Sash IIIe?
A: To get the extra large flap size, you will want to raise the window height by 30 1/2". Taking this measurement before placing the order is very important. The last thing you want to do is order a flap dimension that is too large and will not fit meaning that you have to pay for all the return shipping fees. If it is a custom size, then it would be non-returnable.
Q: On the Thermo Sash IIIe which options are considered custom and non-returnable?
A: All extra large and 22"-25" adjustment range sales are final sales, no returns.
Q: How long do all the sashes take to ship?
Ideal Sash Windows: 1-3 business days before it actually ships and an additional 1-5 days transit time.
Hale Omni Sash Window: 15 business days for shipping from factory plus 1-5 days transit time
Thermo Sash Window IIIe: 1 business day to process plus 1-5 days transit time
Q: How wide does the track have to be for the Ideal Sash Windows?
A: The track needs to be at least 7/8" wide for the Ideal Sash Windows.
Q: How wide does the track have to be for the Hale Omni Sash Window?
A: The Hale Omni Sash Window is designed to fit into a window track 7/8" or wider but can be factory modified to fit tracks as small as 1/2".
Q: How wide does the track have to be for the Thermo Sash IIIe to fit?
A: Track width needs to be at least 1" for the Thermo Sash IIIe to fit.
Q: I ordered the 22" - 25" range for my Thermo Panel, but my window is actually 25.5". Is there anything I can do to make it work?
A: You can use an extension (3/4") with the anti-whoops feature, and this can help to extend your window if it's a little short. You could also slide a piece of wood into this groove to achieve the same effect.
Q: If my window is a little smaller than the adjustment ranges for the Ideal Sashes, is there anything I can do?
A: You can trim the flanges using a jig saw with a metal cutting blade or a hacksaw. On these models you can can trim both sides if you need to which gives you about 1-¾” of wiggle room for mis-measures.
Q: Is the Hale Omni Sash dual pane and double flapped?
A: Yes, the Hale Omni Sash has dual pane glass and double vinyl flaps for increased performance in severe climate areas.
Q: Is the Thermo Sash adjustable in height? How would I adjust it?
A: The sashes in general are not adjustable in height.
Q: What are the flaps made of on the Ideal ones?
A: The flaps are made out of vinyl. The cat flap sashes are polycarbonate.
Q: What is the return policy for the Ideal Fast Sash and Ideal Cat Sash?
A: Return period is within 30 days, and there is a 15% restocking fee. However, adjustment ranges other than 33" - 38" are final sales. Along with any sashes where the cat door has been ordered to the right or to the left.
Q: What makes the Thermo Sash better than the more economy style sash window doors?
A: The Thermo Sash IIIe has the Endura Flap which is superior to other more flexible vinyl models. It provides good insulation and won't leak, it also has dual pane, low e glass and the aluminum is sturdy.
Q: What makes the flaps seal on the Hale Omni Sash Window?
A: There are magnets along the sides of the flap itself along with a fuzzy type of weather stripping.
Q: What’s the frame on the Hale Omni Sash Window made of?A: The frame of the Omni is made of extruded aluminum.
Some are available with dual pane glass and high quality flap designs. These will be more expensive but will provide much better performance in extreme temperatures Sash window pet doors with single pane glass with cheaper flaps will not perform so well but will be less expensive.
Is the window close enough to the floor that my pet can easily access the pet door? If not, do I have a way to put steps or a ramp to make it accessible? The same consideration applies to the outside of the window as well, of course.
Will the window open high enough to accommodate the sash pet door panel that I am considering? Is the sash window pet door that I am considering available in a width that will fit my window side-to-side? Note that the measurement is the full width inside the track. Is the track wide enough to accommodate the frame of the sash window pet door I'm considering?
If you want the window permanently locked, after installing the sash window pet door simply install a screw part way in just above the lower window in both tracks. The window can't be raised from the outside and the screws cannot be removed from the outside either. If you want to be able to raise the window on occasion (for cleaning the outside, say)the simplest way is to cut two dowels to stand inside both window tracks just above the window and reaching to the window frame. The window can't be raised when the dowels are in place but can be raised when the dowels are removed.
Raise the window and measure the full width including into the track on both sides. Be sure that the pet door you choose has the proper adjustment range for your window. Second, be sure the window can be raised high enough to accept the pet door.
Finally, some of these models include a locking cover that needs to slide down a track over the flap. If you're purchasing one of these, be sure you've got enough clearance above the pet door for the locking cover to slide straight up. There must be no overhang or 'lip' in the way. Check your windows to see if they are single pane glass or dual pane glass. If you have dual pane and live in a more severe climate area, you may wish to order a dual-pane, insulated glass pet door. Best way to check? Put a finger on both sides of the glass. If they look like they're touching you've got single pane glass. If they stop about 1/2" apart, you've got dual-pane.
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