Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door
Deciding whether to get a pet door for your home? If you need some more convincing, this review will help. Aside from providing your pets with a convenient entry or exit point to your home, a pet door is also used to save energy costs by creating a make-shift insulator.
Old-fashioned pet doors were used to either let the cool air in on a hot summer day or release some steam on a cold winter night. Ideal Pet wants to change the way you think about pet doors with the Ruff-Weather Pet Door.
The Ruff-Weather Pet Door is looking to save you energy costs with its energy-efficient features. It’s designed to allow an air pocket of up to 3 inches between two soft flaps.
Together with the available wall tunnel kit, the air pocket can even grow to a maximum of 9 inches, making it an efficient insulator. So, instead of opening and closing your door several times a day, the Ruff-Weather promises to do all the work for less energy. But does it deliver in real time? The review below will put this pet door to the test.
- Durable and weather-resistant pet door
- Made from structural foammolded plastic
- Comes with an inner telescoping frame
- Comes with an optional wall tunnel kit for additional efficiency
- Specially designed to include an efficient air pocket
- Energy-efficient and cost-saving design
- Easy to install and secure
- Soft and clear vinylinsulated flaps
- Can support up to 150 lbs. of weight
The main advantage of the Ruff-Weather Pet Door is its capability to regulate the temperature inside your home. More than anything else, this product can be considered an insulator, and in this area, the Ruff-Weather proves its worth.
The pet door’s flap system does great to prevent heat leaks as the air gets trapped in between the two soft flaps. It also helps that the flaps are surrounded by a short brush to seal off the air around the plastic every time you close the pet door. The thermal characteristics of Ruff-Weather pet door can go head-to-head with insulated doors or walls.
Securing the Ruff-Weather Pet Door is also easy thanks to its metal bolts. Most manufacturers use plastic bolts to secure their pet doors which turn off most costumers.
Ideal Pet took note of this issue with the Ruff-Weather Pet Door, making its structure sturdier than other pet doors. The metal bolts attach to metal threads, ensuring a lifetime of durability with reasonable usage. If you’re looking to invest on a pet door, you should definitely consider Ruff-Weather Pet Door.
Speaking of durability, the Ruff-Weather also serves its purpose as a pet door quite well. The flaps are soft enough for your pets to push through yet sturdy enough to last for a long time.
At times, the flaps get too stiff for your pets to push through, but this isn’t something to worry about. You can also customize the sizing of the pet door to accommodate up to 150 lbs. So, if you have a St. Bernard as a pet, you won’t have any problems fitting it through.
Be aware that choosing the extra-large sizing might expose your house, because the size of the opening is large enough for a determined burglar. Therefore, make sure you secure the pet door area to avoid getting robbed.
Contrary to its name, the Ruff-Weather’s resistance to extreme weather is questionable. Some users reported rain water entering the house during heavy rains. Water can seep into the plastic frame between its storm flaps which forms a small crease for the water to get through. Be prepared to wipe the floor when it’s raining outside.
The leaking could be a deal breaker if you have a wooden floor, and fixing this would require reworking your door’s interior frame. You could also build a small water dam inside the door frame but if all this seems like a lot for you, you might want to reconsider choosing another pet door.
Also, if you’re not willing to work with a few heavy tools, installing the Ruff-Weather Pet Door won’t be as easy as it claims. Perhaps call an experienced technician to install the pet door for you.
Ideal Pet promised that the Ruff-Weather Pet Door would reduce your energy costs and you can safely take Ideal Pet’s word for it. The pet door proved its durability and its thermal capabilities while also catering to your pets’ comfort.
If you’re looking for a pet door for your massive dog or your petite feline friend, Ruff-Weather Pet Door will deliver. Weather concerns may strike doubt to its capabilities, but if you’re willing to work around its design flaws, you’ll get a pet door that could last a lifetime.