These Patio Inserts are a stock items
and ship within 24 hours (business days),
custom models require 1-3 business days to fabricate. All units
ship via UPS.
Measuring for the Patio Pet Door:
To determine which height range will work with your slider, open the
slider and measure from the very bottom inside track to the very top
inside track. As you look down on the groove that the slider follows
on the floor, you may see a thin rail. You will want to measure down
past that rail, from the deepest part of the channel on the floor
to the very top inside channel above.
Will These Patio Pet doors fit all Sliding Doors?
As you look at the track on the floor your slider follows; you most
often will see a "rail". If this "rail" is narrower than 5/8" (as
you look down on it), then the Ideal Patio Insert should fit your
(We cannot guarantee fits as manufacturers are constantly coming out
with new designs, but call us if you have any questions at 1-800-829-7876).
What is the Rise?:
This is the distance that the bottom of the pet opening is positioned
off of the ground and the distance that the pet will have to step
over to use the pet door.
There are several different
rise options available (2.5, 4, 8, and 12 inches) to accommodate different
rise options are not available on smaller pet openings
Draft Stopper / Weather stripping:
The draftstopper is a wide vinyl weather stripping section that attaches
to the back side of your sliding door. When an insert is installed,
your sliding door breaks the seal between the slider and fixed panel.
This weather stripping will seal out any drafts.
Adjustable Height Range:
The top section of the Ideal Patio Pet Door floats on two tension
rods that compress or expand to obtain the best possible fit in the
patio door frame. The top is fit into the upper patio slider track
and the bottom rests on the bottom slider track. Once in place, there
are two thumb bolts that lock the top section into place to prevent
the Patio Pet door from being removed from the outside.
How does my Sliding Door Lock?
Each Patio Pet Door comes with a locking pin mechanism to use if you
choose. We strongly suggest bracing the door with a stick or an adjustable
brace bar; as this immobilizes your slider and is the most effective
way to secure your sliding door.
Different ways to Install the Patio Pet Door:
The Ideal Patio Pet Door can be mounted on the stationary side of
the patio door. Many patio doors have stoppers that normally prevent
the stationary panel from moving. If these stoppers can be removed,
the stationary panel can be moved to accommodate the patio panel.
Note: This technique will not work
on patio doors where the stationary panel is molded into the frame.
Extensions for "Custom" Ranges:
Ideal makes 3 different height ranges of patio pet doors: Regular,
Shorty & Tall. For customers who have a slider height that falls between
these 3 ranges, we have custom extensions made so that we can fit
any height from 75" to 106" tall. These extensions slide in at the
top of the insert. Some customers use a couple of screws to stabilize
the extension piece. (
in chart below for custom extension piece
Weather Seal Foam Bumper:
Each Patio Pet Door comes with a foam bumper so your slider will gently
rest against the Patio Pet door. This foam bumper will also help to
seal out drafts and bugs.
Security Panel to Lock Pet Opening:
The Ideal Patio Pet Door also comes with a slide-in panel to restrict