Whether you are a dog or cat person, you love your pet and want to be with them as much as possible. However, they may want to go outside at times so they can enjoy coming back to you later. A pet will tell you when they need to go out, but it can be easier if they just let themselves out without disturbing you. It’s also helpful when they can let themselves back in when they’re ready rather than having to wait on you to realize they’re at the door. A pet door is the perfect solution for people who have pets with such needs.
How a Sliding Glass Pet Door Works
Most people are familiar with a pet door, essentially a flap of plastic set inside a door so the pet can simply push their way in or out when it isn’t locked against the weather. Such a pet door works in a garage door or any wood entry to the home. What most people don’t realize is there is also a sliding door pet door design available for sliding glass doors. For sliding doors, the pet door is an extra panel which reaches from the floor to the top of the door and has the pet’s entry at the bottom, which functions the same as the traditional style door with a flap to allow the pet to come and go as they please, unless a locking panel is inserted.
Advantages over a Traditional Pet Door
The main advantage of a sliding pet door is that it does not require major permanent alterations to the door. The existing door is altered to allow for the pet door, but can be restored to normal at a later date should you move or decide not to continue use of the pet door. This is different than having to cut a hole in wood for the more traditional style of pet door. It is especially appealing for renters, and also for people who may have bought a house but plan to move again in a few years, whether a temporary starter home, fix-up investment house, or due to a mobile job.
Pet doors can be a wonderful way to allow your pet the freedom to come and go as they please, and the sliding door pet door design is a great innovation. The door works as well as the traditional style, or arguably better since it is made to be part of the door instead of alteration. It also has the advantage that pets can see in and out before using the door, giving them a level of confidence which makes the door more comfortable to use.