A dog door can be a great way for your pet to come and go as they please. But sometimes, the noise from the door slamming shut or opening up is loud enough to wake you up or keep you awake.
If the sound of the flap colliding with the door is too loud, there are a few things you can try. The first option is to add foam or any other type of soundproofing to the flap. Then, instead of striking the hard plastic when it returns to hit against the door, it will strike the soft foam. So, you will no longer hear it.
Luckily, there are multiple other ways that you can reduce the noise coming from your dog’s door with just a few simple steps!
Whether it’s using something like weather stripping around the edge of the door frame, installing an insulated flap on top of your current flap, or even adding some soundproofing material in between layers of plastic sheeting.
You might also want to consider changing the material of the flap for a different type. Flap doors are usually made of a weighty material. This is to prevent other animals from easily getting into your home; however, they make noise, so they keep bothering you.
Choosing a lighter material will result in a quieter flap striking the door. It may, however, allow animals to go through the door more easily.
These tips will help gradually reduce any sounds coming from your dog’s doorway!
How To Quiet An Electronic or Automatic Dog Door?
Automatic doors also make noise, mostly by pulling or pushing against the door frame. In addition, they are often made of more flexible materials that can cause them to be quite noisy when they open and close.
But like with most things, there are ways of reducing this noise.
One simple solution is placing gaskets around the edges of the door frame to help it fit snugly against your home’s exterior.
Spring-based automatic doors have an additional option for you to consider: putting some spring cushion in between the actual opening bar and where it rests on either side of the door frame.
To ensure maximum quietness, however, you might want to look into purchasing a new flap if yours already has cracks or discoloration.
They are usually made of a lighter material, which will reduce the sound of them hitting against the door frame as they open and close. But if you want to go one step further, you can look into putting some felt or rubber between the flap and door frame as well!
Common Reasons For Noisy Dog Doors and Solutions:
- The dog door is old and needs to be replaced with a new one.
- The flap has come apart from the frame and must be re-secured/replaced.
- The hinges of the flap need oil, so they move quietly.
- The frame of your pet’s door may not fit snuggly against the opening, which can create noise as the door moves back and forth against it (this is remedied by using felt or rubber).
- If there is no weather stripping around the door frame, that too will cause an increase in noise as well! This can easily be glued into place or attached with screws or even small suction cups.
The door does not close quietly, which can be remedied by oiling the hinges or replacing them.
Something was caught in the dog door, causing it to get stuck either open or closed. Depending on how long it has been there will determine what kind of damage may have occurred to your home – so seek out a professional sooner rather than later!
Installed in Wall vs. Door – Which Is Quieter?
In most cases, a wall installation will provide better noise reduction as it is flush with the wall and more closely mated to the actual opening of the room.
However, if you choose this option, there are some key features that you should look for:
Make sure your door fits snuggly into place and has some rubber or felt between it and the actual opening (if it does not already). This ensures maximum quietness!
Some dog doors out there have electromagnetic sensors along with adjustable timers so that they close automatically depending on how long your pet stays outside.
It can also help conserve energy by closing when no one is around to use them. But if you go with this option, be sure to consider installing a rain cover over the flap to keep moisture out.
Automatic vs. Manual Flap – Which is Quieter?
It is actually not too common for electronic doors to make excessive noise, but it does happen. This typically happens because the flap hits against the door frame as it opens or closes.
So if it is damaged or warped, this can create a lot of noise.
Remember the tips we mentioned above to help reduce any noise your automatic door may make: Look into purchasing a new flap if yours already has cracks or discoloration.
They are usually made of a lighter material, which will reduce the sound.