Three Essentials to Look For in a Dog Door
Finding the best dog door that suits your home can be easy when you know what to look for. The problem is that online shopping gives you so many brands and options to choose from that it can become overwhelming. We’ve broken down three essentials so you know what to look for in a dog door. This will help you narrow your search and find the perfect pet access solution that can last a lifetime.
1. High-Quality Parts & Great Service
When you think about a doggie door, it may not seem like a complicated concept. Essentially, it’s a hole with a flap that opens and closes as your cat or dog goes in and out. However, there are other details that prove a brand has gone above and beyond to deliver a high-quality, long-lasting doggie door – one that’s more than just a frame with a flap.
A high-quality dog door will always include:
- Solid construction
- Sturdy materials
- Insulation and sealing
- Wind, dust, and insect protection
- Water intrusion protection
The water intrusion protection system at Hale is the first of its kind in the pet door market. A rain cap attaches to the outside frame and helps to protect against water intrusion on certain models. You can find lots of information about our pet doors here on our website.
Other indications that you are purchasing a high-quality product are the availability of service and replacement parts. As much as you want to believe the flap on your dog door will last forever, the reality is that those flaps go through a lot.
Every time your pet uses the door, the flap has to swing open and closed. Combine that with general wear and tear from the weather over time, and it can be almost impossible to find a flap that works as well as new for your pet’s entire life.
A good pet product brand understands this and will supply readily available replacement flaps that are easy to order and can be installed by a professional or a seasoned DIY’er. This way, you won’t have to replace the entire door as the flap degrades over time. Simply order a replacement flap and have your pet’s access door working like new.
2. A Wide Selection of Dog Door Sizes
Along with a realistic product lifespan, quality pet product brands also understand the need for a wide range of sizes. Small, medium, and large is a great size range for drinks at a restaurant, but simply won’t do when it comes to dog doors. Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and dog door brands need to accommodate that.
Look for brands that offer a wide selection of sizes. We’re talking Chihuahua-sized to Great Dane-sized options and every other breed in between. You’ll want to consider your pet’s full-grown size when making your final purchase. Find the door that fits your pet’s measurements perfectly, then size up at least one size to account for extra weight or heavier coats during colder months. Hale offers the widest sizing selection on the market. Use this simple pet door sizing guide to help you choose the right one.
3. A Great Warranty
Although most pet companies want to believe that they offer the best product with every purchase, a quality company will understand that sometimes, mistakes happen. Parts get lost or damaged in transit. Or, life happens once the dog door is installed and the pet owner needs a new door.
For these reasons, a dog door company should offer a great warranty for its products. One that is fair for both the company and the customer, and allows the customer to be refunded if the product that is delivered doesn’t meet the standards set forth by the company in the first place.
At Hale Pet Door, we offer an unmatched five-year warranty that ensures our customers constantly have the highest quality product installed in their homes. We believe our customers make an investment when they order a dog door from Hale. Get the right pet door for your home now.