Protecting screen doors from dogs nails
I have aluminum sliding screen doors on my home. With one scratch from the dog wanting to come in the screens are ripped. What can I place on the outside of the doors to protect the screen? I have priced door grills and plexiglass but they are very expensive and I need a cheaper way to protect my doors. Thanks
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Protecting your screen doors from children and pets can be a difficult task. I have taken the time to research your question and have located a similar link that you may find helpful. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have attached the link below. Hope this helps!
Having a door rescreened is expensive and dogs easily rip through standard screening. If you're having your door rescreened, ask for the tougher mesh product. This holds up well but is not foolproof. Any kind of grating you can install on the outside of your door will be helpful. Look at your home center in the screen door repair section. They sell aluminum and plastic grates that can be screwed onto the outside of the patio door. Measure the thickness to make sure your doors can still slide open. You might consider something like plastic construction fencing, they make this for gardens with smaller holes in black and green colors. While plexiglass is costly, once you install it you're done and it works. I've attached a link with pictures showing different ideas and solutions. Click on the picture for the product information. I hope this is helpful.
If it is the kind of door your dog goes in and out of, try replacing it with the screen with the magnets that the dog can come and go as he pleases, but few bugs will be able to do the same.
When you're home supervising and if you have a safe back yard, the mesh screen mentioned by Keith works well. The screen is weighted on the bottom, has magnet closures to keep it closed and your door entry covered. Dogs nose their way outside when they want to go out and back inside when ready. The mesh screen keeps flies and bugs out. I've attached a link for you to see the product.
We use a heavier plastic mesh screening that replaced the standard screen. It installs pretty much like a regular screen. I don't know how much it costs because we have had ours for about 9 or 10 years. It's black and doesn't let in as much light but is heavy duty and tough enough to withstand my dog's nails. I also installed a doggie door for screen doors and my Irish Setter can go in and out and that eliminated the scratching at the screen.
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