Arizona's extreme weather combined with the need to keep your pet safe and comfortable while you are away at work all day are just some of the reasons people choose pet door installation in Arizona. If you're tired of having to constantly let your pet in and out or coming home to accidents, the good news is that you can solve this inconvenience without cutting an unsightly hole in your house. The pet doors from Energy Shield are designed to fit seamlessly within a sliding glass door or French door frame to provide your pet with their much-needed freedom. Once in place, your sliding glass door with a pet door built in or your french door with a pet door can open and close just like it did before, allowing you to move in and out of your house without issue.
If you are interested in getting a pet door installation in Arizona, contact Energy Shield Window & Door Company at (623) 936-3758 with any questions or to receive a free estimate.
Features of a Patio Door with Pet Door Built InOur pet doors make use of flexible, soft pet flaps, which allow your pet to move in and out without difficulty or injury. Our vinyl sliding pet doors are suitable for dogs and cats.
- Colors: white or tan
- Made in the USA
- Fusion-welded vinyl frame
- Dual pane tempered safety glass
- Endura™ flap
- Security features
- 15-year warranty
How to Measure for a Sliding Glass Pet DoorStep 1 - Determine Flap Width:
It is simple to determine the minimum width needed by your pet to pass through with comfort. Open a sliding door just wide enough to have them walk through with a minimum of one-inch clearance gap on each side. This width including gaps is the minimum size flap width you require.
Step 2 - Determine Flap Height:
The top of the flap should be placed at least as high as the top of the tallest pet's shoulder, take a measurement from the floor to that point.
Step 3 -Determine Direction When OUTSIDE, determine which side your sliding door opens, is it from the Left or Right?
Benefits of a Sliding Glass Door with a Dog Door Built InOur pet doors offer myriad benefits for you and your pets, including:
- Safety from the Heat: While dogs and other animals that are kept inside will be uncomfortable, those who have to stay outside are in serious danger. Given Arizona's extremely high temperatures, your pet must be able to get in your house in the middle of the day, or they will be at risk of heat stroke and a host of other health problems. A pet door lets them get inside as soon as they become too hot for comfort, thereby avoiding any threat to their health, let alone their life.
- Energy Efficiency: In allowing pets to get back into your air-conditioned house, pet doors have traditionally let warm air in as well. This wastes energy, as your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool; the result is an exorbitant electric bill and a greater negative impact on the environment. But our pet doors use magnetic strips to tightly seal the door as soon as your pet has passed through it. This minimizes the amount of air that leaks into your home, and thus keeps both your bills and your environmental footprint low.
- Consistent Comfort: Few things are more uncomfortable for a dog than having to wait for long periods of time before using the bathroom. But with one of our pet doors, your dog won't have to wait at all! Whether you're at work, asleep, or otherwise unable to let them out, they'll be free to come and go as they please.
Frequently Asked Questions for Pet Door in Arizona
Our dog doors come with an optional secure locking cover to prevent unwanted guests when the door is not in use.
Our dog doors are also flexible, visually clear, and they seal tightly against any weather condition.
Use adhesive strips: Before using these weatherproofing strips, make sure you first clean the dog door according to the weatherstrips direction. Once the area is completely dry, remove the adhesive strip backings and press them on the edges of the dog doorframe.
Door insulating felt: Using this type of weatherproofing method ensures that the dog door lasts for more than a year. First, you have to cut the door insulating felt into long strips, which can easily stretch along the edge of the pet door for sliding glass door. Then use staples or nails to fasten the strips around the door's edges.
A weatherproof door sweep: Attaching a weatherproof sweep door is also another method you can use to weatherproof your pet safe dog door fully.
However, for the dog doors we provide do not require weatherproofing because the doors are already energy efficient
Dog door installation depends on several factors, and they include
Type of door: The type of door determines a huge percentage of the total cost when it comes to dog door installation. Installation experts take into consideration the type of the door before they can estimate the total cost
Size: The size is also essential as it determines the amount of work; experts will have to do when installing the pet door.
Glass quality options: Another thing to take into consideration is the glass quality.
- One version works by replacing your existing glass in the sliding door panel with a new glass pane that has the pet door built into the bottom. It is recommended that you have a glass company perform installations involving patio door replacement.
- The other version of a systems is a narrow stationary glass panel, with the dog door in the bottom. This panel inserts into the same track as the sliding door, and when the sliding patio door is closed, it abuts the panel containing the dog door.
In either style, the best sliding glass pet door models feature the highly durable, energy-efficient Endura Flap® polyolefin polymer dog door.
When your patio door glass panel from Energy Shield is delivered, you can install it in the sliding glass door track, so that it will fit beside the sliding glass door jamb. Or, you may prefer to move the stationary glass panel toward the middle of the door opening, and install your dog door panel insert between the stationary glass panel and the outer edge of the door frame. This will enable the sliding door to lock as always, instead of sliding into the abutted new panel insert containing the dog door.
- Add your pet's height at the tallest point of your pet's back, where the base of the neck meets the top of the shoulder. Add one or more additional inches, for optimum comfort when using the access, and for minimal daily wear on leg joints of older pets.
- Next, determine what the dog door's step-over height should be. The step-over is the area of the wall or house door that will be below the pet door frame opening. Avoid adding to the minimum step-over height possible, to maximize your dog's ease of access when using the pet door.
- Subtract the height of the pet doors step-over from the height of your dog at the measuring point on his/her back. This will give you the height dimension of the opening that needs to be cut into the glass or wood door, or wall material to fit the pet door.
- If you plan to install the pet door in a glass door, find the bottom edge of the existing door glass inside the frame. Do this by measuring approximately 3/4" below the top edge of the bottom (horizontal section) of the door frame.
- Measure up from the floor to the bottom edge of the door glass, then add 3 3/4" upward from that edge for the Endura Flap pet door frame.
This total is equal to the minimum possible step-over height for your pet door after it is installed. So, this is the threshold that your dog will have to clear when going in and out of the pet door.
Most aluminum and vinyl pet door frames have a minimum from 5" to 8" of step-over, depending on the thickness of the bottom rail and the configuration of the pet door you choose. For example, doors with kick plates will have taller step-overs for dog doors installed in them.
See the complete instructions for DIY measurement of energy-efficient pet doors, to ensure you are specifying the ideally combined pet door opening height and width and step-over size for your dog or cats needs.