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    Concrete - again!

    Ladies and gents I'm seeking some advice if I may?

    I have a triangular area to the side of my house which is earmarked for my kennels, but will also be for wheelie bins, ferrets, logs and shed. My current, wooden kennel is to be located here until it reaches the end of its life, and then I will be looking at the options for replacing it, probably with a mitton hall or modular system of some kind. The area is currently a mix of old tarmac, and hardcore, and I am in the process of digging it out and encircling it with Aco drains, which will be tapped into the sewer. I will be laying a decent, compacted sub base, but my question really is regarding the finishing and composition of the concrete. As I don't yet know the size and shape of my future kennel I would like to finish the "slab" with a washable, durable, grippy finish or seal if possible, something that will stand up to frost and hosing down. I've read past topics which have been a great help regarding the strength of mix, and re inforcing etc, and also a little on granolithic screeds. Could anyone recommend an additive, paint, resin or anything else which would do the job? So far the best I have come up with is protectakote but I know nothing about it and have never used it. The area is approx 2m wide at its narrowest, 5 m at its widest and 7m long. I'd be grateful for your thoughts, or any products which have worked for you. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuck1 View Post
    Ladies and gents I'm seeking some advice if I may?

    I have a triangular area to the side of my house which is earmarked for my kennels, but will also be for wheelie bins, ferrets, logs and shed. My current, wooden kennel is to be located here until it reaches the end of its life, and then I will be looking at the options for replacing it, probably with a mitton hall or modular system of some kind. The area is currently a mix of old tarmac, and hardcore, and I am in the process of digging it out and encircling it with Aco drains, which will be tapped into the sewer. I will be laying a decent, compacted sub base, but my question really is regarding the finishing and composition of the concrete. As I don't yet know the size and shape of my future kennel I would like to finish the "slab" with a washable, durable, grippy finish or seal if possible, something that will stand up to frost and hosing down. I've read past topics which have been a great help regarding the strength of mix, and re inforcing etc, and also a little on granolithic screeds. Could anyone recommend an additive, paint, resin or anything else which would do the job? So far the best I have come up with is protectakote but I know nothing about it and have never used it. The area is approx 2m wide at its narrowest, 5 m at its widest and 7m long. I'd be grateful for your thoughts, or any products which have worked for you. Thanks in advance.
    When i lived in England i worked for a company for 22years that did concrete repairs and specialist coatings. I used a 2 pack epoxy to do my kennel floor. Preperation of the concrete surface is the most important thing. The 2 pack i used was industrial quality not available to the general public and what was surprising was the ware that the dogs did to a surface that should stand up to 20 years of industrial use. Concrete paint would be Ok as you could repaint every couple of years. Again preperation of the concrete surface is the most important for a good result.

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    Thank you. I've heard that some of the coatings are easily worn away by dogs claws. I wonder if I should just be looking towards a strong mix of concrete, well floated with a brick sealer of some kind. I'm still intrigued by protectakote though.

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    Rubberised floor paint
    too thin to scratch/bite off, too hard to wear away (takes tyres turning)

    as as above prep is he key

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    A little tip. When we did coatings if they were a 2 coat system we did each coat in a different colour. Then you know when its time to recoat when you start seeing the first coat start showing through

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    Thank you. Rubberised floor paint, I will look into that. Any particular name, or type, that you could recommend? I've also heard that swimming pool paint could be a solution.

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    You should lay a DPM. Also some paint finishes may require an acid etching to neutralize the slab prior to painting

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    If your painting a concrete slab,acid etch, you can buy from a builders merchant. Acid etching takes of the surface latence Apply useing a watering can with rose and power wash after. Simple

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    Must admit i would be leaving it just smooth finished comcrete, if well finished u don't really need any more.

    Once u start painting things u will always have to repaint it some time (possibly in future drying time might be longer than u usually have dogs out of kennel/run for)
    Seen a few similar threads and just like gun make/calibre etc everyone has there favourite but often other folk will slate it ir say not as good as made out.

    If ur really serious i have heard tiles are probably the best option, may not actually be that much more expensive than some of the fancy paints/resigns, but i'm sure smeone will slag tiles off now

    I'm going to be buildinga custom kennels for myself this spring but am planning just to leave it finished comcrete with plenty of fall, and treat myself to ready mix, usually always mix my own

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    Some good advice here, thank you. I will be laying a dpm, and the concrete will have a decent fall, as I'm not sure how the final kennel will be orientated on it. It's more a question of finish really, as smooth and easy to clean also equates to slippy. I've also considered tiles, but wasn't sure about the frost element. It's imperitive that I minimise smell as it borders my neighbour very closely. Some food for though here, especially the tip about the colour layers.

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