Original Article: https://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1033959-different-types-of-pet-doors-and-what-is-right-for-your-home?rtmpage=null
WRITTEN BY ALI BAJWA
Similar to home occupants, pets need to stay in a comfortable and secure environment. A pet door can come in handy to allow your pet to spend time outdoors, even when you aren’t around. There are different types of pet doors; some can be installed in a door or inserted to slide across a door frame, while others are installed into the wall. There are those that can be installed the DIY way and others that can’t. Below are some of the different types of pet doors to help you determine the right option for your home.
An installed pet door is usually installed in a wall in a home’s exterior door leading to where your pet needs to go. The door allows your pet to get in and out of your house. It can either be a flap, frame or a tunnel if the wall is very deep. The flapped pet door comprises either an aluminum or plastic frame with one, two or even three flaps that your pet can pass through. But, when using one made of plastic frames, understand that plastic can break easily. Aluminum, on the other hand, can expand and contract when the temperatures change and can even get warped.
But, you can buy the replacement flaps. Some companies even sell pet doors with pass-through’s that are already built-in. The installation, friendly cost, and adaptability of this pet door making it ideal. It’s also a great door type if you live in a rental house.
If you want the tunnel type, use the services of a carpenter or handyman to drill the door tunnel into your wall to avoid damaging anything packed into the walls like plumbing or electrical. It’s a better option if you need to limit your pets’ access to some of the rooms or are a permanent homeowner who doesn’t mind drilling holes into your walls.
This pet door is one of the best standard types. It’s the best pet door whenever you want to make changes in the near future as your pet grows. If you have a pet, you can choose one with a shorter door which helps to prevent any injuries.
Patio panel type
A patio panel door has a pre-cut opening and is a good option if you live in a rental or an area with harsh weather conditions. Unlike the installed in tunnel type, patio panel pet door doesn’t cause any damage to the walls since you don’t have to drill your walls.
Electronic or magnetic pet doors have sensor tags connecting to your pets’ collar that allow an automatic entry or exit. Only a pet with a sensor tag can enter or exit through them. Others can even be programmed to open during certain times of the day. Although expensive, an electric pet door, especially one with sensors protects your pet from unwanted animals like raccoons from entering through it. But, you will need to train your pet before they get used to it.
Getting the right type of pet door will prevent you from having to regularly get up to let your pet out every time they need to go outside. Simply determine which is the best and where you would like to install it.
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