Benefits of Installing A Pet Door for Your Dog or Cat

Benefits of Installing a Pet Door for Your Dog or Cat You owe it to yourself - and your dog or cat - to install a door that gives them the freedom to come and go. Some of the benefits of providing pet doors for your furry friends: Easy access to the outdoors for your pet. With a pet door, your dog or cat can easily head outside when the urge arises, avoiding an indoor accident. Also, animals that are cooped up inside all day can become bored and listless. A dog or cat with access to even a small yard or outdoor area will get exercise and stimulation even when you’re away from home. Who let the dogs out? Not you. A pet door means you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night or during a favorite TV show to open the door and let the dog or cat outside. A pet door also takes the worry out of being at work each day and unable to let the animals out. Less reliance on kenneling. Leaving pets at a kennel while you are on vacation can be expensive and traumatic … [Read more...]

Sliding Doors Make Life Better

Sliding Doors Make Life Better. Here’s Why Designers and architects are discovering what early-20th-century homeowners understood: sliding doors can make life better. Here’s why: Sliders make ingenious room dividers. Many homes built in the early 1900s were outfitted with sliding doors and pocket doors. Homeowners used the doors to quickly and easily change an expansive room into a cozy, private space. The concept still works today. Want to take a quick catnap, away from the rest of the family? Leave the clatter behind by closing off your own area. Quality sliding doors, when shut, are excellent at blocking sound. Families with children can block a room full of toys from visitors, or let the children be as noisy as they wish. Conversely, opening sliding doors joins two rooms, making it easier to accommodate a large dinner party or any other type of gathering. Pocket-style sliders are space-savers. An overlooked benefit of sliding doors is the fact they take up less space … [Read more...]

Sliding Doors Take on a New Look as Partitions

Sliding Doors Take on a New Look as Partitions Sliding doors aren’t just for entering or leaving the house anymore. Designers, architects and property owners are increasingly employing sliding doors as partitions, with great success. While open-concept spaces for living and working remain popular, there are times when closing off sections of a home or office is useful. Perhaps you need an extra bedroom when company arrives. You might want a quiet space when consulting with an important client. Sliding doors, which come in many sizes and may run the length of a building’s interior, are the flexible solution. In a few seconds and with minimal effort, you can open or close sliding doors to change dramatically the appearance and feel of a large space. Transform a large hall into several conference rooms, and then quickly return to the larger, more open space after the meetings are over. Sliding doors used as partitions have several advantages over folding doors, another … [Read more...]

Soft Closing Systems for Sliding Doors

Soft Closing Systems for Sliding Doors Soft-closing systems are one of the most popular innovations in sliding doors in recent years. Homeowners appreciate how quietly soft-close doors work, especially when children or guests are present and they are opening and closing doors a lot. Dampers positioned at either the top or bottom of the doorframe slow down, and then act to close the door softly. You’ll often find soft-closing sliders outside of residences, too. They’re ideal for any location where quiet is valued, such as hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices, conference rooms, and hotels. Here are a few more reasons that property owners are choosing soft-closing systems for their sliding doors: Easy operation. Soft-close doors require very little force - in fact, just a gentle push - to close completely, a small benefit that you will appreciate more over time. Less wear-and-tear. Continued forceful closing over a long period damages doorframes, tracks, … [Read more...]

Myths about Pet Doors Part 3

Myths about Pet Doors Part 3 With this third blog post on myths about choosing pet doors, A-1 On Track tries to clear up the confusion about purchasing and installing a door for your dog or cat. Some common misconceptions we hear about pet doors: Any door type can accommodate a pet door. As sliding door professionals, we are sometimes asked to install pet openings on doors that are not suited for them. Thin or hollow-core doors are often not sturdy enough to accommodate a pet door. Before you buy a pet door, check to be certain it will work with the type of door you have. My dog or cat won’t be able to push the door. A newly installed pet door may intimidate smaller pets. Most of the time, your animals will manage with no trouble after a little training. Use treats to encourage your pets to go in and out of the door until they become comfortable with the flap touching their bodies. In some cases, the attached magnets may actually make the flap too heavy for a small pet. … [Read more...]