As of late May 2015, Hale changed the screen pet door design for doors over 1/2" thick. The new design doesn't have to be modified before shipping and is more universal. We do recommend that you use the stabilizer bar for sizes larger than medium, but want to stress that with the stabilizer bar, this new design is plenty strong for very large breeds, just like the old one. Pictures and video coming soon. If your door is 1/2" thick or less, you will get what you see in the video and pictures above.
The Hale screen door is the strongest design available. It attaches to the metal frame for the screen on the side and across the bottom, making it a much better choice for dogs than a pet door that only clips to the screen mesh, like the Pet Safe Screen pet door. This pet door differs from the Pride pet door in two significant ways. First, the pet door flap on the Hale door is clear. This is aesthetically better on a screened installation and can also make training easier. Secondly, we can have the pet door modified to fit a screened in enclosure before it gets shipped. Comparable pet doors like the Pride will not fit screened enclosures without modification.
The flaps are the same as those used on the very weather tight door model. While weather tightness might not be a factor on a screen installation, these will also be more bug proof than other pet doors. The screen model does not come with a locking cover
When installing a pet door of this type the "rise" dimension is fixed. This means that the screen frame will have it's dimension, and the pet door will sit on top of the screen frame, and the pet door will be approximately 1 " over the top of the screen frame. This is fine for smaller dogs or cats, because the pet door usually starts about 3 " off the ground. With larger dogs, the pet door can be a bit low, so we usually recommend that you get a taller flap than you would for a regular door installation.
The pictures of the frame colors will vary with your particular monitor and the brown background on the pictures doesn't do us any favors, but they are shown to give an approximate idea of the colors available. Satin is actually a brushed aluminum, similar to the bottom of a soda can. A good description of the beige is like coffee with 2 creams in it. White is bright white, bronze is almost black.
Hale offers an accessory stabilizer bar which is an aluminum strap which can be screwed to the top of the pet door and to the door frame to stiffen the assembly. The stabilizer bars come in 36" and 48" lengths and can be cut to fit your door if your door isn't exactly 36" or 48". They are available in the same color options as the door and must be ordered separately.
A great testimonial on a Lanai installation: "Hello, Just wanted to let you know that my Hale pet door flap is finally starting to break down and I will be ordering a replacement flap. What is remarkable is that I purchased this in 2007, and have two very active Labrador Retrievers who've used the door constantly for 7 years now. Great product, great service. It's so refreshing when a product exceeds expectations. Best Regards, Jim S. Coconut Creek, FL" And here is another from a new installation: "I installed my door this morning in about 30 minutes. It took the dog about 10 minutes to figure it out and she has since made several excursions through the door. This is a great addition to our house. Thank you, Michael G. Peabody, MA"
Ordering Tips for thicker doors and wood frames:
If your wood screen frame has a metal insert, this door will work. If your wood screen frame has two pieces of wood which sandwich the screen mesh, it will not work.
If your screen is thicker than 1/2", this pet door can still be used. Normally when we ask what side the spline is on, we want the pet door to mount on that side as well, as shown in the video. Increasingly we've seen examples that work the opposite way. The frame will be thicker on the outside, but the screen will be attached to a lip that is about 1/2" from the inside of the frame. We've put a few examples in the pictures above to try and make this more clear, but the end result is that you want the pet door to line up as closely as possible with the screen mesh, and sometimes that can happen if you install the pet door on the opposite side from where the spline is mounted, and attach to the backside of the pet door frame (pet door has a spline channel on both sides). If you are not sure what to order, call us or email us a picture and we can have a look and figure it out so that we do it right the first time.
Attention DIY Installers:
We have had quite a few customers complain after receiving their door that the spline channel is on the wrong side. The Hale screen door has a channel for the spline on both sides of the frame, but for some reason one side looks obvious and the other does not.