Doors with Dog Doors Built-In: A Modern and Stylish Solution for Pet Owners
Want to stop waking up in the middle of the night to let your pet out? A pet door is the perfect solution to give your dog or cat the freedom to come and go as they please. But before you buy any old dog door, ask yourself if you’re planning on replacing your current “person” door anytime soon.
If so, then you might be interested in a dog door that is already built into a door. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of having a pet flap without needing to worry about any complicated installation methods.
What Are Some Dog Doors Built Into Doors?
There are a few options for any pet owner who wants a pet door built into a regular door.
If you have a sliding glass door, you don’t need to switch out your whole door set-up in order to accommodate a pet door. Instead, you can have an Endura Flap Pet door built directly into the glass pane of your door.
Pet Door Guys provides sliding glass door panes with pet doors built directly into the glass. The process to install one can be a little tricky, which is why we recommend that you hire a professional glazier to measure and install your new glass pane for you (if you need help finding a glazier, you can find one near you through our pet doors independent installers list).
But if you have a regular swinging door, then a storm door with a pet door installed into it might be the best solution for you.
Are There Any Storm Doors With a Pet Door Built Into Them?
Storm doors are a second, metal door that you install on top of your regular door. They provide extra protection against extreme weather like snow and hail while also allowing better ventilation during the hot summer months.
If you do not want to cut a hole into your current exterior door, then a storm door with a pet door already installed into it will be a great choice. All you have to do is install the storm door to give your pet all the access they could want to the backyard.
Currently, we do not supply any pet doors that have a storm door pre-installed into them.
However, you can still install a pet door into your storm door. Our favorite pet doors for storm doors include the Endura Flap Pet Door for Doors, the Petsafe Freedom Pet Door, and the Cat Mate 235 Pet Door.
The Endura Flap pet door is great for anyone looking for quality engineering and protection against extreme weather. While the flap itself is more expensive than other options, its energy efficient design will prevent your heating and cooling bills from rising. It is also available for doors 1/2" up to 1-1/8" thick, which means that it can fit even the thinnest of storm doors.
(Plus it has a lifetime warranty for normal wear and tear— the best warranty for any pet door out there on the market.)
The PetSafe Freedom is an economical pet door choice. The flap is lightweight, which is preferable for older or smaller dogs who might have trouble opening a heavier pet flap. Like the Endura Flap, the door is also available in a large range of sizes to best suit your pet.
The Dog Mate Pet Door is another economical pet door choice. One of its main appeals is that its flap can be locked to prevent your dog or cat from using the door when you don’t want to. It is only available in smaller sizes, which makes it ideal for cats and small dogs.
Overall, if you’re looking for a storm door with a pet door already installed that will keep out snow, rain, and cold drafts, then the Endura Flap will be the best option for you. PetSafe is a good, economical choice for larger dogs while the Dog Mate is great for smaller pets.
See how to install a pet door into a storm door for more information. Because cutting into metal can be difficult, we suggest hiring a professional for assistance.
You can check out some of our other pet door posts here:
- The Best Dog Doors for Sliding Glass Doors
- Why Are Microchip Pet Doors So Small Anyway?
- The Best Pet Doors for Vacation Homes
- What Are the Best PetSafe Pet Doors?
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