Many people convert wooden or even steel entry and exit doors to become pet-friendly. It is also possible to add a pet door to a glass sliding door so a dog or cat can enter and exit at their convenience. This may sound like a difficult or dangerous project but there are two simple solutions. With either one, a pet will have easy access to the outdoors and the slider will remain attractive.
Option 1: Purchase a sliding door insert that snaps into an existing door opening. This product costs between $150 and $250 and can usually be installed in minutes. Though this allows the door to open fully and provides an entry and exit path for the pet, it can also let drafts into the home. In addition, humans may find it difficult to get through the door opening, which can particularly be a problem for anyone with mobility issues.
Option 2: Find a door or glass dealer that specializes in pet door designs. This company will create a custom door to replace an existing glass slider. Knowledgeable professionals have the skills to integrate pet doors into sliders of nearly any size including customized dimensions. A specially designed pet door is sold ready to install with no assembly required. One popular style features a conversion frame made from welded vinyl that is designed and created in the same dimensions of the sliding glass panel of a door. It features double paned safety glass and a variety of pet door options.
There is no drilling or cutting involved in installing this pet door once the original glass slider has been removed. This special door can be installed in a sunroom, patio, or any other area and is available with a rise for a tall pet. The installation looks professional and the old glass can be stored for later use if a pet door is no longer needed.