The word on the street is that the Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame from Ideal Pet Products is a popular product with customers, with mostly positive online reviews.
We are here to give our take on this product and ascertain whether it is the real deal when it comes to pet doors.
As we have done several reviews on various pet doors, we like to point out that there are three vital things to look at in order to see if the pet door in question is high-quality and offers proper functioning.
These features are as follows: the difficulty level of the installation process, proper weather-resistance, and the overall function of the pet door.
Installation of Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame
Although its primary purpose to be installed into an exterior door due to the telescoping frame, this pet door can be installed as well on interior doors and walls.
However, if you choose to mount it on a wall, you will need to purchase a wall kit that’s sold separately (here’s the lowest price for the wall kit that we’ve seen).
The installation process is very important when it comes to this type of product because you don’t want your door, or wall, ruined while trying to install a pet door which requires complex and difficult installation.
Its happened before, and there are various reasons for this such as a shoddy product, poorly designed cutting template, or poorly communicated instructions.
Luckily, this Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame has a simple and quick installation, even among other quality pet doors it stands out as being one of the easier ones to install.
Although, to be fair, you need to have at least some handy-person skills as you will need to cut an opening on your door.
This is the case with most pet doors, and there’s really no way around it. The only question is whether it will a simple job thanks to a high quality pet door, or a disaster thanks to a poor quality one.
The product itself contains clear instructions and a cutting template, so you shouldn’t have troubles with the installation.
The first thing to do before ordering the size of the pet door, is to measure your pet in width, height, and weight, and select the one that fits your pet’s dimensions.
You’ll need several tools to perform the installation: power drill with bit extender, Philips screw driver bit, jigsaw, level, nail, masking tape, hammer, 3/8-inch drill bit, safety glasses, pencil, measuring tape, and screws.
The screws are included in the package, so you won’t need additional ones.
Using the cutting template included in the package, mark the cutting area on your door, making sure you leave at least 4 inches from the bottom of the front door.
The pet door frame which has vinyl weather seal should be installed on the outside, and the one with the four corner screw holes on the inside.
You can see the whole installation process in the video bellow.
Another important feature when it comes to a pet door. Why? Because you don’t want draft, dust, or bugs entering inside your home through your newly installed pet door.
So let’s look what this Ruff-Weather Pet Door offers in terms of weather-resistance.
First, it’s made of tough plastic like most pet doors, which as you know is not as solid as an aluminum frame, but this is we feel reflected in the price.
We think that the material of the pet door isn’t the most critical factor when it comes to the overall strength and security of your pet door, but rather it is that of the screws.
A lot of pet doors on the market come with plastic screws, but this one includes real metal screws which enable strong and secure mounting on the door.
Second, the telescoping frame exists precisely for this purpose- superior thermal protection! It creates 3” air pocket between the two flaps, which makes it a great energy efficient product.
This air pocket prevents drafts so that your home isn’t “heating the great outdoors” or vice versa. The air pocket exists for this exact purpose and does a good job.
Thirdly, it has two vinyl insulated flaps, and two is always better than one when it comes to pet door flaps.
Although your pet might need a little longer to get used to passing through 2 flaps instead of one, a dual-flap system means better weather-resistance.
The flaps are not left open and don’t just swing after your pet uses the pet door, but they return back to their place thanks to a magnetic system placed at the bottom of the opening.
So, once your pet uses the door, the flaps will close securely once again, preventing wind, rain, or bugs entering into your house.
You can use this additional lockout slide to keep your pet inside when you don’t want it going outside, but also under harsh weather conditions when the a gale force wind is preventing the magnets from engaging.
Another purpose of this sliding panel is to keep uninvited animals entering in your home, such as stray dogs or cats, or at nights as an additional security measure against anything snooping around out there.
Sizes and Function
The Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame comes in four sizes so you can properly choose the one that fits the size of your pet, even if you have a small cat or large dog.
- The small one is 9 x 5.6 x 13.8 inches, and has a flap 5 in. X 9 1/4 inches. It’s convenient for pets up to 12 pounds.
- The medium design has 11.2 x 6 x 18.1 inches dimensions, and a flap size of 7 1/2 “X 13 “. It fits pets up to 25 pounds.
- The dimensions of the extra-large are 14 x 6.1 x 22.1 inches, and the flap size is 9.75 x 17 inches. It fits pets up to 90 pounds.
- The dimensions of the super large are 19.1 x 5.9 x 28.6 inches, and the flap size is 15 inches X 23 1/2 inches. It’s convenient for pets up to 120 pounds.
Your pet might need some more time to accommodate passing through not one but two flaps, but with a little patience and some help from you, it will learn and start loving its new entrance.
The Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame from Ideal Pet Products seems to fit the basic and most important criteria of a solid pet door: simple installation, solid weather-resistance, range of sizes, and proper functioning.
The cons we found are minor, such as the plastic material of the pet frames, but if you think about the surprisingly low price that it has on various sites online, you will see it actually offers a lot of great features that allow you to reduce the stress in your life.