With the many kinds of doors we have installed in our homes today, it might seem challenging to find the perfect dog door for your pet. However, no need to get discouraged. There are as many kinds of dog doors available in the market as there are kinds of doors. This applies to screen doors as well.
If you have a screen door at your home, or even a screen window, there are many options available to you. Compared to other kinds of installations for other kinds of doors, incorporating a dog door in the screen door is the easiest. In most cases, you will not even have to use any additional tools for the installation process. There are ‘instant’ hanging options available that are good enough to cater to the needs of your pet.
How to Install a Dog Door in a Screen Door?
The first step in the dog door installation process is determining the type of screen install you are going to pick. There are two ways in which you can integrate a dog door in the screen door. The first way is installing a dog door with screen material on all 4 sides of it. The second is installing the door in either of the bottom corners. The second type may involve some drilling to complete the process.
Both types are similar to each other with a few differences involved. However, you must follow the steps carefully before you ruin the screen door completely. Select the type you prefer more and go ahead with the execution.
Before you start doing anything, the first thing to figure out is the size of the pet door you are planning to get made. The size of the door depends on the size of your pet. Therefore, it is extremely important that you get the measurements right so there is no trouble afterward. One good way of figuring out the size of your door is to measure the width and the height of your pet. Take a measuring tape and measure the widest point of your pet. It is usually the width around the shoulder for pets. After that measure how tall your pet is from its shoulders to its feet or halfway to his legs. Add a couple of inches to the measurements and you’ll be able to provide your pet with a comfortable flap to pass from.
Type 1: With screen material on all 4 sides
The measurements you took previously will be required for determining the size of the hole you will cut in the screen. First, take out the screen from the joints and lay it on the floor. Take a pen to mark the rough edges that you are going to cut from. Take a look at the marking and see if it is good enough for your pet. Make sure that the height is comfortable enough for your pet to pass through. Next, cut through the markings you made on the screen mesh using a sharp blade.
After making the opening in the screen mesh, place the interior frame over the exterior frame and align them perfectly. There are many kinds of frames available that can be installed on the screen and each has a different way of fitting. However, you will only need to snap the ends together or screw them in. Your screen door will be ready to be reinstalled in its position now.
Type 2: In the bottom corner
For this, you need to get the measurements right for your pet and position the pet door at a height that is easy for the pet to use. To start the process, take the door out of its hinges, or the window from its frame, and lay it flat on the floor so you can work on it.
Moving on, take a marker that you can use to mark the outline of the pet door you are going to install. This will be related to the measurements you have taken previously. As you are working at the bottom of the screen mesh, you will have to be cautious about the spline fitting. Don’t just cut through the spline when you’ll be cutting be through the screen. With the help of a screwdriver, loosen the spline from one end and take it out completely. Then cut your mesh according to the rough measurements you took.
After the hole has been made in the screen, take the panel you picked up for the dog door. There are a variety of panels available at Pet Doors that will fulfill the purpose you want them for. Place the frames of the dog door together on each side of the screen. When the frames align and are ready to be fixed together, get a screwdriver and fit them together.
In some cases, you will also have to drill at the sides so the dog door can fit firmly in the screen door. Follow the instructions and screw the frames together as one. If there is extra mesh around the pet door, cut it out and you will get the finished look of your door. The screen door is now ready to be fitted back in the original position and ready for your dog to go through any time it wants.
Pet doors on screen doors require minimal efforts and can be fitted easily. There is no hard labor involved and you can do this project on your own. It is recommended that you make the pet door in a heavy-duty screen material. The durable material will be able to endure the pressure it has to continuously face when the pet runs straight through it. Moreover, this is also a cost-saving procedure and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars or involve excessive work like breaking through a wall or a solid door.
Your pet is going to appreciate the effort you put in and you will be relieved of the doorman duties you have been involved with.