I live in a cold climate. Which pet door is the best for winter?

White Shepherd in winterThe PlexiDor line of manual pet doors is the best dog door or cat door for cold weather.

These doors will function down to -40 degrees F/C. The door will still work below this temperature, but it will get frosty and the weather seal will freeze to the frame.

Alaska is the best selling state per dog household for the PlexiDor, and these doors have been opening, closing, and sealing out the cold in Canada for more than 20 years.

What allows the PlexiDor pet doors to work in extreme temperatures?

PlexiDor large with white frame1.  The Materials  

The frame is made from aluminium, and the panels from K9-Composite. The aluminium frames are 3-4 times thicker than all other frames on the market, making them sturdy and preventing them from warping with weather. K9-Composite is a special acrylic alloy similar to airplane windshields with a temperature operating range of -50 F to 150 F (-46 C to 66 C.)

The K9-Composite is created to withstand abuse from both weather and items hitting it at full speed. For instance, dogs running through as fast as they can, or boys throwing a hard ball at the door. (It is great fun.) The service life of these panels is 20 to 30 years.

2.  The Weather Seal  

The PlexiDor uses a nylon pile weather seal, designed for millions of cycles in cold weather. This weather seal is used in doors for malls and movie theaters.

3.  Solid Corner Construction

All corners are thoroughly fitted together with metal fasteners and clips.


What would it take to make the panels freeze up?

High humidity areas can cause the PlexiDor panels to freeze up. Do not mount the door near dryer wall-vents; the moisture can cover the panels, allowing ice to form on the weather seal. If that happens, the panels will be frozen to the frame. Also, do not mount the door where it will be misted with water, such as near a sprinkler head.


If you have any questions about pet doors working in cold climates, call our office at 800-749-9609 and speak to customer service.


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