Pet Doors, Dog Doors, Door Wall, Sliding Patio Installation

Patio french back doors with internal mini-blinds and pet doggy door insert pre-installed
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A: Since 74 3/4" is the actual height of your track, the pet patio door would probably barely fit or not fit as it must compress enough so that you can get it up and over the track walls of your sliding door during installation. The dog door should be a little shorter to assure that you can compress the top enough to allow you to lift it into the track for installation. If you're having this problem with the Ideal or Endura Flap models, you can trim the aluminum flanges on the top. Endura Flap models can be trimmed up to ¾” while Ideal Fast Fit models can be trimmed up to 1”
Patio french back doors with internal mini-blinds and pet doggy door insert pre-installed
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This innovative system doesn't need to alter your existing sliding door frame. Instead, it replaces the glass panel with a pane of glass that has the doggy door built-in. The Patio Pet Door uses a unique mounting system, requires no special fasteners, and is custom built to the size of the existing glass unit. Your patio door will slide, function, and lock just like before. The pet door panel won't interfere with secondary locks or existing alarm systems, and the pet opening itself is both easy to use and features a solid security panel. Patio french back doors with internal mini-blinds and pet doggy door insert pre-installed
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Photo provided by FlickrPatio french back doors with internal mini-blinds and pet doggy door insert pre-installed
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We have a sliding patio door. Our cat and dog like to out onto our patio now that it's meshed up to be an enclosure ("catio"). We wanted to give them free access instead of opening/closing the sliding door all the time, or just leaving the door open all the time and watching the AC bill go through the roof.

We researched sliding patio door doggie doors, and they can be $100+.

Well, I'm college broke (which means I'm living on student loan money, and after classes and books and rent are paid I pretty much have peanuts to live on). I've always been a bit of a scrounger and "make due with what you have", so I figured I could make a doggie door for the patio with some cardboard and foam edging as sealant.

So, 4 $1 pool noodles + some cardboard boxes broken down and glued together in laminate fashion (ie: where they overlap to create a reinforced structure)... a little box-cutting action to shore up the edges and cut a hole for the dog/cat to go through, and then slice the pool noodles down one side to create a slit that can fit them over the edge of the cardboard panel I made ... a doggie door is formed.

The pool noodles are not glued on; they are purposefully kept loose that way you can fit the panel in place then push the pool noodles out some to fill in the air gaps between the panel and patio door.

Only think I'm still debating on is some kind of flap to "seal" the bottom with that is stiff enough to stay in place (to keep the AC from blowing out the bottom hole) while still being functional enough to let the cat go in and out without him freaking out. Having a security cover on the outside of your patio dog door provides a way to lock your dog inside without someone having to enter your home. You won't have to worry if the gardener, pool technician or other exterior workers leave the gate to your fenced yard open while they are working. They can simply slide the security cover in place and your pet remains safely inside while they complete their work. Just a few of the many example include the Endura flap made by Patio Pacific. This is the best thermally sealed doggie door flap made. It is segmented for both strength and flexibility and contains an air gap within the flap itself for superior insulation. The VIP sliding glass patio pet door inserts made by Ideal Pet Products are heavy duty inserts for vinyl sliding glass patio doors featuring dual pane, energy efficient glass and heavy-duty vinyl frames. And of course, for the ultimate in security, extreme weather resistance, reliability and high tech convenience,
One of the most popular pet door installations is for sliding glass patio pet doors. There are several types and styles from which to choose covering a wide range of quality and features. The Ideal Fast Fit patio pet door is an inexpensive solution providing reasonable strength, security and insulation. The Patio Pacific Thermo Panel IIIe sliding glass insert with Endura flap is the best choice for a well insulated manual patio pet door. The ultimate solution is the Power Pet Fully Automatic dual e-glass patio pet door which provides the highest level of energy efficiency, security and convenience with zero draft to remain air tight in hurricane force winds. Here we have provided a complete selection of quality pet doors for sliding glass door installation. Here you are sure to find the ideal patio pet door to meet your needs and your budget.

Dog and cat doors for sliding glass installation consist of a patio panel insert that fits into your sliding glass door track. A spring loaded section at the top of the insert slides up to fit snuggly against the top of your track. The patio door insert has a built in dog door or cat door. DIY installation is typically very easy with these types of pet doors.

At the economical end of the patio pet door spectrum is the Ideal Fast Fit, one of the most popular sliding glass pet door models. These are available in small, medium, large, extra large, and super large flap sizes, in heights of regular, shorty and extra-tall. The insert panel itself is made from a ½" aluminum extrusion with a single pane tempered glass panel installed. There is a weather stripping kit provided and a draft stopper strip that keeps air from leaking in through the back side of what will now be a partially opened sliding glass door when it closes against the Fast Fit insert.

The Ideal Pet, Modular sliding glass pet doors are a step up from the Fast Fit series. They are built from a slightly heavier 5/8" aluminum extrusion and come in two halves that make shipping a lot less expensive and the package easier to handle. The top and bottom halves assemble together easily during installation. This door is a little stronger and a little more expensive than the Fast Fit line.