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When Is It Worth It To Upgrade to a High-Quality Pet Door?

If your dog door has seen better days, it might be time to consider an upgrade. In this article, we’re going to talk about the benefits of upgrading from a cheap pet door to a high-quality Endura Flap dog door.

dog using endura flap pet door in the winter

Here are some key questions to consider if you’re thinking about making the switch:

  1. Are you constantly purchasing replacement flaps? Is your current doggie door prone to flap cracking?
  2. Is the pet door frame cracking or breaking?
  3. Is the pet door letting heat and cold into your home?

If any of the above had you nodding your head in agreement, you don’t have the best dog door for you. It could be time to say goodbye to the old pet door and invest in an upgraded pet door. Let’s break down the scenarios listed above.

Replacement Flaps:

Although the upfront cost of a lower-quality doggy door might be enticing, it often results in a small fortune spent on replacement flaps later on down the line. In order to avoid this, it’s important to look for a pet door with a flap made with high-quality material.

Broken Parts:

If you noticed a cracked dog door frame or other broken parts not long after installation of the pet door, it’s probably worth it to consider a high quality door that will stand up to harsh climates and use by active pets.

Insulation Value:

Although it probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, insulation value is a huge factor in racking up dog door costs and related expenses, especially for patio dog door inserts. If you live in an area with a harsh climate, a weatherproof dog door is a must.

What’s the Solution?

Purchasing a high-performing dog door for sliding glass doors, walls doors, or windows saves time and money in the long-run. The maintenance costs above are an unfortunate reality of low-quality pet doors. If you are looking for a quick or temporary fix, or you live in an area with a very mild climate, a low cost doggie door might work just fine.

However, if you want a door that will hold up to extreme weather and last you a lifetime, the Endura Flap Pet Door is the best option.

golden retriever walking through EnduraFlap pet door

Here are a few notable features of Endura Flap pet doors:

Weather-Resistant Flap:

The Endura Flap is made of durable, yet flexible, polyolefin polymer built with UV-blocking additives. This high-quality material is safe and comfortable for pets of all sizes to run through at top speeds while also protecting your home from extreme weather. These patio door doggie doors withstand -40℉, extreme heat, and 50 miles per hour winds without warping or cracking.

For maximum weather-resistance, check out the Endura Double Flap In Wall Dog Door and Double Flap Door Mount. You can read about the differences between door and wall mount pet doors here.

front view endura tough pet door flap

Superior Design:

Most pet door flaps are rigidly fastened to the top of the pet door frame with screws. The Endura Flap hangs on a rotating rod, preventing the top of the flap from cracking over years of use. This feature, in addition to the quality flap and frame material, makes for a truly lasting pet door.

Additionally, the Endura Flap pet door utilizes a superior magnet design. Unlike many pet doors, which only have magnets lining the bottom of the flap, the Endura Flap is lined by magnets on three sides to prevent gaps that allow wind, rain, and unwanted critters into your home.

You can even increase the magnet strength with additional magnet kits.

black dog walking through endura flap pet door for doors

Maximum Insulation Value:

Endura Pet Doors for Doors are made to stay sealed from the harshest weather. The quality flap and frame materials and strong magnets work together to keep the pet door sealed in extreme weather. This ultimately reduces your monthly energy bill and keeps your home feeling comfortable year-round. 

tan endura double flap door mount flaps opening

There are plenty of installation locations to choose from with Endura Flap Pet Doors. If through a door or wall doesn't suit your home, take a look at our sliding glass dog doors and our pet doors for windows

Is Upgrading Worth It?

Absolutely! Upgrading to a high-quality pet door is worth the money and time saved down the line. A quality pet door won't need constant replacement parts and will keep your energy bill low in harsh weather. 

If the cost of replacing flaps and parts for your pet door is exceeding the price of the door itself, it’s probably time to consider a high-quality pet door that’s going to last. See our best selling pet doors for more ideas. 

The Endura Flap really is a top of the line pet door upgrade that provides comfort for your pet while saving you money on replacement parts and energy bills. And with a lifetime warranty, you can rest assured that you won’t be dealing with a broken pet door a few years down the line.

We hope this helped you weigh the pros and cons of replacing an old doggy door. You can read more about Endura Flap Pet Doors here. Check out our installation video archives to learn more about pet door installations. 

Elizabeth Muenzen

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  • Hi Brian,

    The Endura Single Flap Wall Mount is an excellent choice: You will need to use a concrete blade to make the rough cutout in stucco.

    Please feel free to contact us at 800.826.2871 or if you have any questions!

    Elizabeth (Staff)
  • What’s the best (value) doggy door recommended for a stucco wall surface?


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