The Loft

The Home Base blog

A Guide to Installing Pet Doors in Your Home

A pet door allows your furry friend to come and go as they please


Do you have a pet that likes to go outside? If so, you may be looking for a way to give them easy access to the great outdoors, without constantly having to get up to open the door for them.

Where should pet doors be installed in the home?

When deciding into which door you should install a pet door to, consider your pet’s needs. Think about the closest access point to where they play and do their business – and which area of your yard is the most secure.

Many cat owners have ‘catios’ attached to the laundry or side doors, making that the purrfect place for a cat door. However, many dog owners allow them to go into the back yard to run around, making the back door a great place to put a dog door.

Installing pet doors onto security screen doors

Pet doors can be installed onto glass doors, flyscreens, and security doors. However, according to the Australian Standards, once a pet door is installed into a security screen door, they are no longer considered a ‘security screen.’. This is because of the low-security hole in the door which intruders can utilise.

Nevertheless, we still believe that these are a great option if you want a higher level of protection than standard flyscreens, and wish to accommodate your pet.

Installing a pet door onto a security screen mesh should ideally be done by a professional as it requires multiple speciality tools to cut through the material.

Benefits of pet doors

Pet doors provide many benefits to both you and your pet. They offer convenience and flexibility for everyone! Here are the top benefits of installing a pet door in your home:

  1. Pet doors allow independence: Pet doors allow pets the freedom to go outside whenever they need. This means they won’t have to bother you whenever they need to do their business, get some fresh air or investigate a noise.
  2. Provide an emergency escape: Just like humans, pets are also prone to accidents and emergencies. For example, your pet could be in trouble if there was a household fire or if there was an intruder in the house, as they’d be trapped inside! However, with a pet door installed, it allows your four-legged friend to escape from these situations easily, without requiring help.
  3. Reduce home damage: Whether it’s scratches on the door or urine on the carpet, your pet can sometimes damage or dirty the home when they can’t go outside. While it is inevitable that you will experience some of this when having a pet, with a pet door installed in your home, it reduces the number of times they’re unable to hold their bladder or get up to mischief because they are bored.

About the Contributor/Author:

This post was provided by Clearview Security. To find out more, visit Clearview Security or the display at Home Base.