Pet Doors for Storm Doors

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Installing Pet Doors in Storm Doors

A Pet Door Installed in a Storm Door for dogs or cats. Great solution for a doggie door.

A Pet Door Installed in a Storm Door

Installing a pet door in a storm door is a great idea. Dog door for storm doors can give your pet access to the pet door without cutting a hole in your main door. Then you can close the main door to prevent access to the pet door in the storm door. We have a small selection of entire storm doors with built-in pet doors, but we also have a wide selection of pet doors to install in your existing storm door!

 

If you're installing a pet door through a storm door, chances are the door material is very thin, this can make storm door pet door installations particularly tricky so there are certain dog doors for storm doors that will work better than others. If you are looking for a cat door for storm door install most of those will accommodate very thin materials already. Make sure the pet door you choose can accommodate the thinness of your door! If you have a glass storm door, be extra cautious of the type you have because any tempered glass will shatter when cut into. Many customers choose to switch out a bottom glass portion and replace it with a piece of lexan or plexiglas and install their doggie door for storm door through that. This also provides a sturdier installation which is especially good if you have larger dogs. If the pets go through and hit the frame on those storm door pet doors they can shatter the regular tempered glass, and this won't happen if it has been replaced.

 

Pet door for storm door installations can be more complicated so here's what we recommend

 

  • Remember that the pet door you buy must be self-framing and it must accommodate doors as thin as the storm door--which you should measure.  All "self-framing" dog doors have an adjustment range and for some, the adjustment range doesn't cover a thinner storm door type door.  These adjustment ranges are given for all self-framing pet doors on our  pet doors for doors  page. Some pet doors for metal doors with kick plates will frame all the way down to 0". Pet door for metal door installations specifically aren't that common as most are just labeled for installation in doors.
  • Use a high performance dog door. If you need a storm door, you probably need one of the better performing pet doors as well. You may need to build out your door to accommodate one of these types, if it is not designed for material as thin as your door.
  • Mount at the correct height for your pet. The height that the pet door is installed at, especially in the larger sizes, is critical to the comfortable use by your dog. You'll find it easier to get this right if you are supervising the installation yourself, as many storm doors with pet doors already installed will not be at the proper height.
  • Make sure your storm door with doggy door will accommodate your pet size. Many doors will have multiple panels where you can install the pet door, as you can see in the photo above. The pet door is on the bottom panel, but there is a cross bar above it which may be too low to install the pet door for storm doors if you have tall dogs using it. a cat door for metal door plate installation is usually not an issue.
  • Your door is a screen not a solid material. We don't have any options for a screen doors with doggie doors already installed. However we do have a variety of doors that can be installed through to make your screen door doggie door friendly on our  pet doors for screens  page. Screen door with doggie door installation can go two ways, the first is the pet door snaps directly onto the screen material. The second is the frame of the pet door is actually screwed into the frame of the screen door on two sides and the spline channel is on the other two. The second option is the most sturdy. Cat door for metal screen door, or screen guard, installation is also available in the Ideal Screen Guard Doors.
  • Use only one pet door at a time. We get questions from customers about having a dog door storm door installation and having a second pet door installed directly through the interior house door, so adding dog doors for aluminum, solid core, or hollow core door applications. Storm doggie door installations like this are not recommended because the installation spots have to be absolutely identical so the flaps don't interfere as they will not work properly.