by Robert Fox
Having a pet door means less stress for every pet owner and more freedom to every pet. A pet door allows your pet to go out in the yard and return home whenever it wants, without you having to open and close the door for it every time it wants to run in the grass or just breathe a fresh air.
For cats, they often go on longer sojourns, and this means you don't have to guess when your cat comes home. He/she can come home whenever they please, waltzing in through their own private cat-sized entryway.
Most pet doors on the market are designed to be installed on your front or back door, but this one is one of the rare pet doors which need to be installed on your exterior or interior wall, making it a fairly unique purchase. There are just few such pet doors currently available, and this one in particular has the highest reputation among its users, as well as a reasonable asking price.
In this review, we are going to look at what makes PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door such a popular product, and whether it really deserves its high praise.
The package includes the door housing unit, templates, hardware unit for mounting the pet door, and instruction manual. Besides these elements, you will need proper tools for cutting the wall and mounting the unit, like a drill, cutting device, level, drywall saw, measuring tape, pencil, etc.
The installation part shouldn't be a problem for most, but it does require some carpentry knowledge as you will need to cut a wall opening.
It's very important to choose a safe area in the wall without any pipes or wires, before you start with the cutting. Another thing to have in mind is that the bottom of the wall opening should be high enough above the ground or grass, to prevent rain entering when it accumulates in that part of your yard.
You won't need any additional framing materials for the installation, as the pet door includes a telescoping tunnel which will help the door fits in different widths of walls.
However, the included self-threading screws don't provide very firm and safe mounting, so it's better to get larger ones with washers.
If you want to make sure the system is securely held in place, we recommend using 8 additional screws placed inside the tunnel of both sides of the interior and exterior piece.
Check out the video below for more detailed instructions of the installation of PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door.
You don't need a pet door of any type that's not weather resistant. You won't benefit from making life easier if your pet worsens the condition of your home by way of water blowing in through a shoddy flap. We will look at few things that refer to the weather-resistance of this PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door.
First, the product name says it - this pet door is aluminum. However, except for the frame around the flap, everything else is plastic.
On the bright side, it is a durable plastic, and you must admit that for such a great price, the durable aluminum and plastic frame is a pretty good deal.
Nevertheless, there are almost no customers that have complained about the material of the pet door frame.
Second, the pet door has a dual-flap system, which means there are two separate durable flaps that enable your pet passage through the wall. They work on magnets, so once your dog or cat uses the pet door, the flaps will return to their initial position preventing draft or bugs entering your home.
Third, the telescoping tunnel, together with the flap system creates air pocket which protects the house from low or high outdoor temperatures and drafts. For additional weather-resistance, you can use some silicone in the place where the front and back portions overlap in the tunnel.
The last thing that adds to the weather-resistance and overall security of the PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door is the included sliding panel.
Whenever you'd like to add additional layer of protection from weather, dust, and uninvited animals, just slide in the closing panel on the inside part, and you will cover the opening. In this way, you can as well prevent your pet going outside when raining or at night.
Overall, we can say this wall pet door does provide sufficient weather-resistance.
The PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. So, you will easily determine the size that will fit your pet.
The size of the flap opening of the small version is 5 1/4″ W x 8 1/8″ H and fits animals 15lbs or less.
The dimensions of the flat opening of the medium design are 8 1/4″ W x 12 1/4″ H, and fits animals 40lbs or less. And those of the large design are 10 3/8″ x 15 3/8″.
As with any pet door, you will also wait a little time until your pet accommodates using this new entrance. But once it learns, it won't have any troubles, as this wall pet door is very easy to use.
After analyzing the installation process, the weather-resistance and the function of PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door, we can say that it fulfills the basic criteria that's required by any solid and secure pet door. 4 STARS!
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.