Installing a patio glass door is easy to do and it’s a great option for renters, since you are simply removing the old door from the track and replacing it with a prefabricated patio door. Here is what you need to do:
- Remove the stops – There are 4 glass stops that need to be tapped out first. Insert a putty knife into the seam closest to each stop and lightly tap it in with a rubber mallet. Gently pull out each stop and put them away for later.
- Separate and remove glazing tape – Next, from behind the door, insert your putty knife into the spot of one of the glass stops and move it lightly to carefully separate the glass from the seam. Get a friend to help or be very, very careful, as it’s easy for the glass to pop out quickly.
- Detach the old glass pane – Remove the old glass pane and store it away and you should see some old glazing tape from the original install. Remove it at this time.
- Apply new glazing tape – Put in new glazing tape the same way that the old tape was placed.
- Insert your new door pane – Put in your new pane with the pet door pre-installed to it and secure it into the frame the way that the old glass was set.
- Put the stops back in place – Grab the stops that you saved and tap them back in place to secure the glass firmly. Start with the longest stops first, then the smaller.
- Fit the new door to the tracks – At this point, just insert your new door into the track top-first, lifting the glass over the lip of the bottom last. Slide it in place and your cat door install is done!
Table of Contents
- Can you put a cat flap in a plastic door?
- Can you put a cat flap in an Aluminium door?
- Where is the best place to put a cat door?
- Can I install a cat door in a hollow core door?
- How much does it cost to have a cat door installed?
- Is it hard to install a cat door?
- Can I install my own cat flap?
- How high off the ground should a cat door be?
- How big does a cat door need to be?
- Does a cat flap affect home insurance?
Can you put a cat flap in a plastic door?
Yes. Plastic doors will support a cat flap and even a small dog can make use of it. That said, be sure that it is cat-sized only! A medium, large, or extra-large dog door cannot be installed into a plastic door without special modification in the form of a flat panel that can hold the extra weight.
Can you put a cat flap in an Aluminium door?
You can, but a wall installation or simply selecting another door might be a better option. Putting a cat flap in an aluminum door will make is considerably less secure and less before than it was before.
A less expensive door might be a better idea or even a wall door – they sound complicated, but they’re actually easier to install!
Where is the best place to put a cat door?
If you aren’t simply installing it to give access to the yard, then one of the best places is a wall or window that leads to a nice alley. Alley-entrance doors give your cat a more concealed way in and out where they are less likely to run into surprise predators.
As they aren’t wide-open, your cat can easily peek through the door to ensure the alley is empty safe and then slink out for a day or night on the town!
Can I install a cat door in a hollow core door?
You can install a cat door in a hollow door, but you need to be very careful as it’s quite easy to damage the frame. For best results, after you remove the door from its hinges you should place it between 2 sawhorses so that you can cut it more accurately and easily.
How much does it cost to have a cat door installed?
A lot will depend on the type of door and where you are installing it, but you can expect an average installation rate to fall in a range of as little as $75 to as much as $300 – plus the price of your door. Typically, it will be in the lower end if your door is fairly standard or it’s a sheetrock wall install.
Not really! You need to measure the opening for the door itself, as well as mark the spots where you will need to drill for screws. After this, cut out the opening for the hole itself, drill the screw holes, and then screw the cat flap door into place.
It’s as easy as that, but if you aren’t confident doing it yourself or if you have an expensive door then you might consider hiring a pro.
Can I install my own cat flap?
You can certainly install the cat flap on your own and this is a great way to save money. Pet doors will already have screw holes in place and you can mark where these will be on the door, as well as pencil-in the area that you must cut in advance.
After that, it’s just a matter if fitting the door into the hole you just cut and screwing it in place. For good measure, seal the door with silicone caulk to help insulate the cracks there.
How high off the ground should a cat door be?
In order for your cat to easily use their door (and to help keep out water in case of flooding), you should set the door to be about 2 inches off of the ground. This gives a small, but useful height for avoiding rainwater flowing in and is a comfortable height for your kitty to use.
How big does a cat door need to be?
The easiest way to determine the perfect size will require measuring your kitty. Get a tape measure and measure your kitty’s hips. Add 1 to 2 inches to this measurement and you have the ideal door width.
Next, measure your kitty from the tips of their shoulder blades down to the belly. Add 1 to 2 inches to this and you have the perfect height. Pick a door that fits these dimensions or is larger and your cat can use it just fine.
Does a cat flap affect home insurance?
A cat flap is considered to be a security risk by many providers of insurance, so you should check before you install a cat door. Some providers may require additional security to maintain coverage or your premiums may have a slight increase.
Just be sure to check, as you don’t want to accidentally void any future claims.