The price of a pet door will depend heavily on the size, materials, and craftsmanship of the door. However, on average you can expect to pay as low as $30 all the way up to $1000 depending on the type of pet door you’re purchasing.
Continue reading below to learn more about the different types of pet doors, the costs associated with them, and some pet door options that may suit your needs.
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What is a pet door?
A pet door is a small flap or opening that allows a pet to freely enter and exit a building without needing any assistance. People use pet doors for all types of reasons, but the main reason is to allow their cat or dog the freedom to roam.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the right door for your pet. Pet doors let in extra air so one of the drawbacks of having one is an increased cost in heating and cooling your home.
Another thing to think about when choosing a pet door is where you live. If you live in an area with a lot of wildlife roaming about, then you may want to choose a door style that will give you a layer of extra security from critters.
No matter which style or brand of pet door you choose, however, it is recommended to never leave your pet outside unattended.
What sizes do pet doors come in?
Modern pet doors come in four sizes, that range from small to extra large. The smallest of the pet door sizes have a standard 6“ x 10“ opening. These pet doors are best suited for cats and small dog breeds such as Chihuahuas.
The standard medium size pet doors are 9“ x 13“. These are the most popular size pet doors and can accommodate medium dog breed sizes such as beagles.
The large and the extra-large dog door sizes are 11“ x 17“ and 16“ x 23“ respectively. These pet doors are best suited for large and extra-large dog breeds such as labrador retrievers, standard poodles, and Great Danes.
Types and Costs of Different Pet Doors
There are many different types of pet doors on the market today. From simple do-it-yourself projects to elaborately designed doors, there is something to fit every need and budget. Here are a variety of doors that could be best suited for you.
Self-Install Pet Door
The traditional pet door that you can find on any pet store shelf is the version that you install into an existing door yourself. These pet doors are typically manufactured with a hard plastic frame and a heavy vinyl flap.
It is no surprise that these are the most popular style in that they are the original style and still mass-produced. You can find the small sizes starting at around a $30 price point with the extra-large sizes starting at around $60.
It is important to note that while these pet doors are of decent quality, they are not built to withstand much abuse for an extended period of time. Eventually, the materials will deteriorate and the door will need to be replaced.
With this style of door, you should be able to change out the pet door once it’s damaged or non-repairable easily and you only have to cut the hole in the existing door once.
Electronic Pet Doors
Electronic pet doors are great for those that are looking for an extra layer of security from their pet door. Electronic pet doors work by pairing a lock on the door with a receiver attached to your pet’s collar.
Once the pet is close enough to the door, the collar and door will sync and the door will unlock to let your dog or cat in. When the animal is out of range the door will relock itself.
An electronic pet door is also a great choice if you are in an area with abundant, and curious, wildlife. Raccoons and opossums are notorious for sneaking through a pet door in search of food. An electronic pet door will help to stop any unwanted guests.
The electronic pet doors are sold at a higher price than their non-electric counterparts. The smallest version of these pet doors ranges from $100 – $150 and the extra-large electronic pet doors have a wider range of $200 – $500.
Sliding Door Panels
Another pet door option for those that have non-traditional exterior doors is glass panels with pet doors that are meant for use with sliding glass doors. These pet doors come pre-installed into a glass panel that you place into the door track.
While the sliding door panels are a great choice for those with sliding glass doors, these panels are not recommended for large or extra-large dogs. This is because the weight of the dog against the glass can compromise the integrity of the panel over time.
The small glass panels start as low as $100 for pets like a cat or small dog and the medium-sized panels range from $130 – $150. There are panels designed for larger dogs available, however, these are priced very high starting at around $300. This is because the panels designed for these dogs are much thicker than that of the small door panels.
Wall Installed Pet Door
While pet doors are most often installed in exterior doors, there may be reasons that you would need to install your pet door directly into a wall. This could be an interior or exterior wall and you could use a traditional pet door for both locations.
You may want to install a pet door on an exterior wall instead of a door for safety reasons, convenience, or necessity. Whichever reason, you should consider the cost of installation along with the price of the pet door.
Additional costs could include the price of demolition on the wall, new drywall to frame out the pet door, and insulation for the sides of it. If you plan on installing your pet door in the wall, you should consider calling a professional to have the job done.