Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 78
Rated 4 out of 5Â by mtnair Does the job
The door was relatively easy to install - as expected. I had to order the super large size (15x23.5) because I have a Pyrenees/St. Barnard mix. He's a big boy, but fits through just fine. The door is huge! So it adds a lot of light to the room. It does allow for some fresh air flow, but isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I live at 9000' and we have some cold and windy days. The room does get colder now, but it's worth it and I installed it in a room I can close off from the rest of the house. The wind has had no effect on the flaps. Overall, I am very happy with with door and that my guy can come and go as needed.
February 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by dobermann GOOD FOR THE PRICE
Home depot has about the lowest price going for this door. I have 2 of these. Considering they're used many many times each day by 2 dobermans and a amstaff I would say they've held up fairly well. In my situation the flaps have about a 6 month life span before the metal strip at the bottom is bent beyond repair and the magnetic strips probably last about 2 years. I would give it maybe 5 out of 10 for weather protection since the flaps don't seal all that well after the're broken in. This is a replacement for a 6 year old door that is no longer cost effective to rebuild. Overall good value for the price.
March 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by moedogintn Very good insulation with the double flaps
This door looks great and works great. This door does not allow wind to come thru. It works just as describe.The cutting of the hole was not to bad.After that it was a breeze.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by EMTPJ Why didn't I do this years ago?
So I have 2 adult Vizsla's, and a senior aged beagle. Finding a dog door tall enough to accomodate my male Vizsla was a challenge. He is about 26" to the shoulder, so I needed a taller door. This is the only one that is not over $400. However, this door is very wide. After I installed it, my wife joked that we should have just made the steel door into a dutch door, as this doogy door is so wide. On a 6 panel door, it basically takes up the width of the 2 lower panels, and is about the same height as the lower panels when installed. I only mention this, as you could easily climb through this door as a full sized adult, it is so wide.
Shipping was very fast, and install was simple and straight forward. Hardest part was making sure that the bolt holes were "straight", as the bolts pass from one side of the door to the other. I found it easier to install the template on the door, while the door was still on the frame, so I could match the template up, and see how it fit in relation to the height of my dogs. After taping the template on the door, I removed the door from the hinges, and put it on my work bench to do the cutting, and drilling. I put the door about 4" from the bottom of the door, as per the instructions included.
When cutting with your saw, make sure you wear goggles, and have a blade meant for cutting metal. I had a wood blade in, and it was a tough job. After cutting one section, I promptly switched to a metal cutting blade, and it was simple. Installing the doggy door itself, after cutting the hole, was much easier with an assistant. My wife held the doggy door frame in on one side, while I installed the other, and attached the bolts. Once installed, and tightened, everything was snug, and airtight. I did run a bead of caulk around the edges on both sides, just for peace of mind.
None of my dogs have ever used a dog door, so it took some coaxing with treats to get them to go in and out a few times. After that it was second nature, and I no longer have to get up at all hours of the night to play doorman for my dogs. Double flaps are great. I notice no drafts, or loss of heat in the room whatesoever. Safety lock is easy to install, and remove, for the times you want to keep the dogs in or out. Very happy, and would reccomend to anyone.
November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mgeorge Solid construction
I was replacing an old Johnson XL metal unit where flaps were no longer available. This door is a little bit narrower, but several inches taller. Installation was very easy (less than 30 minutes with a drill and jig saw) although I am getting a new door to install it in as my wife didn't care for how I accommodately for the decreased width over the old one - about an inch.
Having metal and going to plastic was a little concerning but I have no doubts after installation and use - very sturdy. My 2 german shepherds figured out the 2-flap system in about an hour with some help and they no longer stand half-way in half-way out letting in cold air. The seal is very good and the unit looks very professional.
I've heard replacement flaps are about $40 each, but we were spending over $80 on the other so that's about the same. I'm hoping to get a couple years out of the flaps.
January 7, 2013