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The Ins and Outs of Pet Doors

29 April 2021

The Ins and Outs of Pet Doors

Our pets have probably really enjoyed the past year or so, with many of us being at home during lockdowns and countless others now choosing to work from home as the norm. Our domestic pets have certainly benefited from the love and attention of the extra time with their owners.

But our pets have needs, not the least of all being able to slip into the outdoors as and when they please, and at O’Brien® we can help you fit a pet door into a glass door or window to please even the most pampered of pets.

Knowing that you want the very best for your pet, we’ve put together a few things to assist when considering installing a pet door in glass.

Location matters

In choosing the location for your pet door you should consider what it will allow your pet access to such as a garden or backyard. Installing a pet door that opens on to a secure area and away from roads and street traffic is a great option for the safety of your pet.

Keep security in mind

Pet doors can be viewed as possible entry points for burglars so we always advise they are installed in a spot that is not visible from the road or passers-by.

Where can a pet door in glass be installed?

Pet doors are most suitable to low-level glazed panels in a door or sidelight or a lowlight panel located on the perimeter of a room. They can also be installed on sliding doors, as long as appropriate consideration is given to allow for the passing gap when the doors are opened.

What is involved in the installation?

At O’Brien® we only install pet doors into glass panels. We replace the entire glass panel using toughened glass where the pet door will be located. Toughened glass can be cut to fit the exact dimensions of your door and is more durable to withstand the constant flexing and knocking it will endure as a result of your pet coming and going. A pet door cannot be installed into existing glass.

Not all pet doors are created equal

At O’Brien® we recommend and can source and install Transcat doors, which provide a range of both cat doors and dog doors. In our expert opinion, they are a superior product for simplicity, reliability, durability and affordability. However, we are also happy to install pet doors you have purchased elsewhere. We recommend consulting with your glazier before you buy a pet door as we can give a good steer on what would work well in the space you have selected.

If you would like our expert advice on helping you install your pet door, let us help you. Call us on 1800 841 260 or fill in our online form and one of our friendly agents will be in touch.

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