Pros and Cons to a Pet Door Awning

If you have a dog door you may have seen pet awnings sold to go over these doors. Sure, they seem cute and you like the idea of giving your dog some natural shade when he’s entering or exiting the house. However, before making your purchase, it’s a good idea to research the pros and cons of using one of these pet door awnings. Is this something you really need or just another way to get pet owners to overspend?

Pet Awning Benefits

  • Keeps out the element – By providing a mini roof for the pet door, an awning can actually keep rain, slush and snow out of your home. If your pooch can never decide whether to stay or go, the dog door awning can minimize slush and water buildup inside the pet door.
  • Provides wind protection – Some pet owners are anti-door because they’ve heard that the door can turn their home into a wind tunnel. Indeed, having an open access point can lead to a drafty home, but there have been advances to pet doors for walls that minimize drafts. Certain awning styles can also protect against the wind. Awnings that slope down to cover the door provide another barrier to wind.
  • Creates a cozy area – Transitioning from the comfort of your kitchen to the great, wide world outdoors can be a shock for small animals. For shy pets, the awning can help make the other side of the wall seem a little less scary.
  • Safety – An awning may make it more difficult for intruders to enter your home via the doggie door by physically blocking the entrance.

Pet Awning Cons

  • Added expense – If you’ve spent a lot on a contractor to install the doggie door you may not want to spring for this additional cost.
  • May not work with all doors – Before using an awning with a pet door that opens and closes, check whether the awning will impede full usage of the door.
  • Aesthetics – This can either be a pro or con, depending on how you feel about the look.

Ultimately, it’s your decision on whether or not to accent your dog door with an awning. Know that there’s certainly more to that door than decoration!


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