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Doggy Door Installation Cost

The average cost to install a doggy door is $290.

In this guide

Why install a doggy door
Where to install a doggy door
Manual doors
Electric, remote control or smart dog doors
Types of dog doors
Materials
Measuring your dog for their doggy door
Labor
Maintenance
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install a doggy door?

Doggy doors are a great option to allow your dogs to let themselves out whenever they need to get outside. Dogs love the outdoors and with a doggy door they won’t have to rely on their owners to be there when they need to relieve themselves or just want to sunbathe in the yard. If you have a fenced-in yard, installing a doggy door means they no longer have to wait for you to let them out.

Doggy doors come in different sizes and options. There’s a doggy door for every size dog. The average price to install a medium-size doggy door with a flap size of 9” x 12” and a frame size of 12” x 15” for a medium-size dog, such as a Pug or Jack Russell, is around $290.

Why install a doggy door

Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibility, just like having a child. Installing a doggy door is a great option for your fur babies. It allows them to let themselves in and out whenever they want. A doggy door increases your pet's happiness and gives them a better quality of life with the freedom to go out and come in whenever they want.

Electronic doors prevent neighborhood cats, raccoons, or other wild animals from entering your home. They don’t require you to be there to open them for the day. As their human, you cannot always be there to let them out or take them for walks. With the doggy door, they’ll get more exercise because they’ll be outside more.

Doggy doors also ease your burden. If you cannot be home with your dog all day, they can still let themselves out. Your dog won’t be stuck in the house to make a mess from boredom. If you’re busy and don’t realize they are at the door, they won’t have accidents in the house anymore because they can head right out without you.

A great perk to a tight-closing and weatherstripped doggy door is the energy savings. Opening a small door multiple times saves energy over opening the main door. It keeps your home’s hot or cold air from releasing in larger amounts. And it keeps the outside hot or cold air from sneaking in.

Where to install a doggy door

Doggy doors can be installed on any type of door or wall. As long as the exterior location allows your dog to safely get outside, you can put a doggy door there. Almost any wall or door works when installing doggy doors, even sliding glass doors, screen doors 1, and garage doors. The type of door you need depends on where you want to put it.

Manual doors

Manual doors allow your dogs to come and go as they please throughout the day. They cost less and require less maintenance than electronic doors. There isn’t anything additional to purchase such as collars or batteries. They also give you more control locking as they have a solid flap that prevents anything else from entering through the door, however they require you to open and lock the flap manually.

Doggy doors that stay open all day leave room for other pests, such as raccoons, to possibly enter your home. Manual doors are less safe if you have young kids or babies at home. They can crawl through these doors into your dog's area, get stuck, or get hurt. Most manual doors have a lift up flap with a magnet so they automatically stay closed once the dog leaves or enters. This magnet can wear out over time and require replacing.

Some have bi-parting doors with a magnetic gasket 2 that has a full magnet strip and lasts longer. These are more energy efficient that the flap style. Manual doggy doors are versatile and can be installed in any door or wall. There is no limit to the number of animals that can use this door. They are less expensive than electronic or programmable doors and therefore save money.

Electric, remote control or smart dog doors

Electronic doggy doors open via a sensor 3 or microchip on your pet's collar. The door and collar are sold together. This allows the door to open only when your pet is coming and going, therefore preventing other animals or small children from using the door. They lock after the animal has gone through it so you don’t have to remember to lock it yourself.

The sensors on an electronic door work with multiple pets, allowing up to 32 animals access to the door. They are also programmable so that they only open during certain times of the day, giving you control over when your pet leaves and enters the house.

They are constructed of weatherproof aluminum, great for energy savings, and install the same way as a manual door in either a door or a wall space. Electronic doors come in different styles such as standard microchip doors, remote control, and smart pet doors.

Remote control pet doors offer programmable timers and a curfew mode. Smart Pet Doors operate with a key fob, unlike electric doors that use a microchip sensor in a pet's collar. Some allow app access through your smartphone. They also have insulated flaps for energy efficiency. They open with a hard flap or with bi-parting doors.

One of the disadvantages of electric doors is that if you lose the microchip sensor you have to purchase a new one. Electronic doors require battery replacement, which increases the price of maintenance. They are also more costly than manual doors starting anywhere from $100 to as high as $400 or more. Electronic doors can also malfunction and need replacement.

Types of dog doors

As with any home materials, dog doors now come in many alternatives from wall manual-mounts to prehung doors with dog doors already installed. They have manual, electronic and programmable options.

Wall-mount dog

Adding a wall-mount dog door means cutting a hole into all layers of your wall from the drywall 4 to the outside siding. This permanent structure usually comes as a complete setup with framing and aluminum edges. This option works best when an outside door doesn’t lead to a safe exterior area of the house. For example, if you have a mudroom or porch that would require more than one dog door, or your door doesn’t lead to a fenced-in area of the yard.

Wall-mounted doors alter the structure and look of your home. When adding a wall-mounted door, the hole has to work around existing wall frames. Without proper weathering, the wall-mounted door could increase energy consumption and allow warm or cool air to escape.

The benefit to a wall-mounted door is the location. You can put it anywhere that is safe for your dog to leave the house. The hole can be above the ground with steps leading down so height isn’t a factor.

The disadvantages include permanently altering your home, the dog has to walk through a small tunnel rather than just a hole, and if it is higher off the ground, stairs are needed, which might be difficult for older dogs. Because it is harder to install, you should choose a size your dog can grow into. This type of door can be manual or electric. Wall Mount 5 dog doors cost on average around $50 for manual and between $75 and $150 on average for electric, without labor.

Door-mount dog doors

Door-mount doggy doors are more energy-efficient and easier to install than wall-mounted ones. You can also start off with a smaller door for puppies and change the size as they grow by cutting the hole bigger over time and replacing the door. Many door manufacturers have doggy doors that work with the door and come as a complete package–frame, weathering materials, and flap. When installing a door-mount doggy door a hole only needs to be cut through the door to the size of the doggy door.

These doggy doors are easier to install than wall-mounted ones; however, they limit your options of where they can be installed. Manual dog doors that don’t lock on their own can allow more airflow and result in higher energy consumption. Manual door-mount dog doors average in price around $30 and $60, while electric ones cost around $150 to $300, depending on options.

Sliding glass door or patio panel

These doggy doors are temporary and don’t require cutting holes into walls or doors. They install as a panel with the patio or sliding glass door frame, whether recessed or exposed. The doggy door rests in the existing panel at the bottom. Many manufacturers have doggy door panel options. The biggest pro is how easy these are to install. The average cost for these door panels is around $125 to $250. However, they can be much more expensive depending on whether a manual or electronic panel is purchased.

Dog guillotine dogs

These types of doors are best used in kennels with multiple dogs. They operate either electronically or on a pully system. When a dog is ready to come and go the doors glide up or to the side at the same time. The average price is around $85 per door.

Screen doggy doors

Screen doggy doors are made to be installed in screen doors. These are the least expensive doors on the market and come with magnetic flaps. Some are clear plastic and some are screen material with the plastic surrounding. These doors work well for those warm days when you want to keep your door open and still let the dogs come and go as they please. The average cost is around $25 for these doors.

Prehung home doors with dog doors already installed

If adding a doggy door to an existing door isn’t an option, for example if the door is older and needs replacing anyway, opt for a new door with a doggy door installed. A prehung door with a doggy door is a little more expensive than a traditional prehung door. A prehung fiberglass 6 door with a doggy door inside costs around $500. With labor at $70 and old door removal at $60, the average cost is $800.

Materials

Doggy doors come with hard or soft flaps, sliding single or double doors, or saloon-style doors that open as the dog walks through. When installing a dog door that isn’t preinstalled into a prehung or sliding glass door you’ll need similar materials as those for installing a regular door such as door frames, insullation and weathering materials, screws, and nails.

Door frame

The door frame is usually made from plastic or metal, unless you install a custom-built in-wall doggy door, which can be made with wood to match the interior of the home. Plastic frames are less expensive and better for smaller or calmer dogs. Larger, less gentle dogs can break plastic frames running in and out of the door. Metal frames such as aluminum or stainless steel are sturdier and last longer.

Plastic doggy doors cost slightly less than the aluminum, but the prices are comparable depending on whether you purchase a manual door or electronic door. For a medium size 12” x 15” manual pet door, a plastic frame costs as low as $35; an aluminum frame as low as $45. Stainless steel is more expensive, with starting costs over $100 depending on the type of door.

Flaps

Flaps come in many forms, from a soft vinyl 7, to hard PVC, and even K9 Composite. They come in one flap or bi-parting flaps that look like double doors.

  • PVC. Plastic flaps have a lower cost. They usually need to be replaced after about five years. These flaps are not good for extremely cold temperatures and are easily broken by high-energy dogs. A medium size 9” x 12” manual pet door PVC flap costs as low as $35. These flaps can be replaced if damaged.
  • Vinyl. There are two types of vinyl: flaps cut from large sheets that keep them from bending when the weather changes, and injection molded flaps with embedded magnets that help them hang properly. Injection-molded flaps cost less and are better for milder climates. A medium size 9” x 12” manual pet door vinyl flap costs as low as $45. These flaps can be replaced if damaged.
  • K9 Composite. This is an acrylic alloy almost like material used in airplane windshields. This is best for extreme climates, high winds, hot sun, and energetic dogs. These types of flaps last two to three decades. A medium size 9” x 12” manual pet door K-9 composite flap has a starting cost of $75.

Measuring your dog for their doggy door

Once you’ve decided on the type of door you want, you will need to measure your dog to make sure they fit and don’t get hurt walking through the door. Measuring your dog requires width and height measurements. Using a level, while your dog is standing against a wall, place the level at his shoulder so that it touches the wall at a 90-degree angle. This is the dog's height. Add about two inches to their height to get the right size dog door. Measure your dog's width at his shoulders or chest. Doors should be installed at least three inches from the bottom edge of the door.

Labor

Installing a doggy door requires certain tools and experience. A professional will have the saws and drills necessary to cut holes and install your doggy door the right way the first time. Installing a doggy door should take one to two hours. Once you have the measurements, the installer will cut out a square hole in the wall to fit the doggy door panel. They will then install the panel and make sure it is weatherproof. A carpenter will charge between $70 and $95 an hour to install a doggy door.

Maintenance

Over time, a doggy door flap may need replacing. Replacement flaps cost as low as $10 depending on the type of door and type of flap. For manual, magnetized doors, sometimes the magnets wear out or slip out of place and will also need replacement. Magnets cost between $3 and $8 on average.

Cleaning a doggy door is like cleaning any door. Use products that are safe for your pet such as soap and water. Electronic doors will need their batteries replaced when they wear out.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Doggy stairs

For doors that are not at ground level, you will need to purchase or install doggy stairs. For temporary outdoor stairs, the average cost is between $30 and $100.

Insulated doors

Insulated doors are best for energy efficiency. They prevent outside elements from entering the home and also heat or cooling from leaving the home. The average cost, depending on the type of door and where it is installed, runs between $100 and $300.

Custom doors

Custom doors can be built into the walls of your home to match inside décor. Because they are designed specifically for your home style and are not purchased as a complete unit, prices will vary according to materials and carpenter’s labor. Labor costs around $70 an hour to install a custom doggy door. It will take between 1 and 2 hours.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Permits. You do not need a permit to install a doggy door unless you are working with any wiring or electrical panels.
  • DIY. When installing a doggy door in a wall, or another door, check to see if your manufacturer has doggy door kit. For example, a sliding glass door has an entire doggy door panel kit specifically for sliding glass patio doors. Otherwise, it needs to be installed like any other door in your home and requires a door frame and sealing.
  • Safety. Only install doors where it is safe for the dog to be outside unattended, such as in fenced-off yards or patios.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install a doggy door?

The average price to install a medium-size doggy door for a medium-size dog costs around $290.

  • Can a dog door be installed in glass?

Yes. You can have a new glass panel measured with the hole cut in it for the doggy door.

  • Can a dog door be installed in a sliding glass door?

Yes. Sliding glass doors have panels specifically made with doggy doors.

  • Are pet doors safe?

Pet doors have locking functions. Manual doors have slides that close the door and lock it, and electric doors automatically lock.

  • Should I install a doggy door?

You should install a doggy door if it is safe for your dog to let himself outside and if you own your property or if your rental company or landlord allows it.

  • How do I choose a dog door?

Choose a dog door based on the location of the door, the size of your dog, and safety for your pet.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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glossary term picture Storm Door 1 Screen doors: An additional door, installed outside an exterior access door, that provides insulation and damage protection during inclement weather
2 Gasket: A seal that fills the space between two or more surfaces that are joined together, allowing a tight seal even when the surfaces do not fit against each other perfectly
glossary term picture Sensor 3 Sensor: Device that responds to a physical event or change in the environment by emitting an output signal
glossary term picture Sheetrock 4 Drywall: Type of plasterboard, commonly used to build walls and ceilings, composed of gypsum that is layered between sheets of heavy paper
5 Mount: A support on which something is attached or hung
glossary term picture Fiberglass 6 Fiberglass: Plastic that is reinforced with glass fibers. The fibers may be mixed randomly throughout the plastic, or come in the form of a flat sheet, or be woven into a fabric
glossary term picture Vinyl 7 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others

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Alexandria, VA
+2%
Aliquippa, PA
-1%
Anoka, MN
+8%
Apopka, FL
+1%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Burbank, CA
+12%
Chula Vista, CA
+8%
Clinton, MD
+16%
Columbia, MD
+26%
Cypress, TX
+8%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Flint, MI
-4%
Jenkintown, PA
+41%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kennesaw, GA
+10%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Lincoln, NE
-13%
Lincroft, NJ
+37%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Livermore, CA
+35%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Ogden, UT
-20%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Paradise, PA
+3%
Peoria, IL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Rahway, NJ
+39%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Spencer, IA
-17%
Tampa, FL
-2%
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