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The actual pet door used in this application is the same door that would be used for a wood door installation, and it is made to fit a 1 3/4" door thickness. Glass won't be as thick as a door, and there are two ways to deal with this situation. Hale will include a "buildout" which is an aluminum frame that goes between the glass and the dog door. For example, if your glass is 1" thick, and the doggie door is made to fit 1 3/4" thickness, they would send a 3/4" thick aluminum frame with the pet door. The buildout frame can be installed on either side of the glass, but it will push one side of the dog door frame out 3/4" away from the glass. The other way to deal with this is to cut the pet door frame down to fit the thickness of the glass. Hale can cut the doggy door frame down to a minimum of 3/4". They do not charge for this service, but it does make it a final sale, so no returns. The advantage to using the buildout is that you get more space between the flaps, so should have better insulation. The advantage to cutting the pet door down is that it looks nicer.
The is a nicer looking end product, but it is more complicated to install and more expensive by the time it gets done. In this case, you're going to have to find a local glass shop willing to do the work. This job is not the easiest and often glass shops won't want to do it. When they do it can be pretty expensive. We typically hear prices between $900 and $1200 for a sliding door install, but have heard quotes as high as $2500. Those prices are for the glass, not including the pet door itself. The glass company will start with two raw pieces of glass, cut the notch for the pet door, then temper the glass if it's for a door, then seal the two pieces together, then install the pet door onto the glass and finally swap the pet door into the door or window frame. Where the pet door and the window frame meet up, we end up with two female parts; there is a slot in the window frame where the glass plugs in, and there is a slot on the two sides of the pet door frame as well. Hale sends "compensation strips" which bridge this gap with the pet doors.
Hale "Omni" Panel Cat Door for Sliding Glass Doors · 3 Review(s)
Sliding Glass Dog Door - Pet Doors
My first choice for pet dog doors is a translucent gray colored Lexan security cover. Another option I recommend is Starboard® marine grade polymer security doors which are virtually indestructible and come in opaque white, black, gray or tan. The strength of the security cover is the most important factor of your choice but there are many color options in pet door frames, doggie door flaps and cat door security covers to insure your new glass door or window dog door matches the look of your home.The Ideal Fast Fit Pet Patio is a cat door panel that snaps into the existing track of a sliding glass door. This pet door panel has an optional outdoor key lock available for added convenience. This tempered glass pet door has four flap size selections. The small flap, which measures 5 inches x 7 inches is the smallest available size and the one best suited for cats. The Ideal Fast Fit Pet Patio door comes in three adjustable heights. Use the provided security lock to keep the door secured in the tracks.