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    Kennel flooring suggestions?

    Hi lads and lasses,having to revamp the kennel floor for the third time in 2 years, has any one got any suggestions for a suitable surface? I have had concrete which held the smell and cracked.Next I was suggested laying non slip tiles, which where very easy to keep clean, but are now lifting as the frost gotunder them!Now I have been told to concrete then paint with floor paint. This is for the run part of the kennel.Any ideas?ThanksPointerJack

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    concrete , lay it properly and with enough fall and you wont have any worries , put a good drain in and thats the end of your smell

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    Thanks Trouble, do I need to mix anything with the concrete or should I floor paint it to stop it soaking p**s? I hose them down daily, and have clean dogs on the whole. Last time I had concrete it bubbled and deteriorated. Cheers

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    Colin, don't paint it will come off! A lot of people recommended non slip tiles. I sealed mine with Thompsons waterseal but I didn't do a brilliant job with the pitch!

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    ok. you've seen the floor! I like the tiles I've got now as they are so easy to hose down, but they've got to come up. All the grout has lifted, letting water under them.

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    Concrete when mixed for outdoor animal use should be batched with a superplasiciser and an air entrainer and do not be tempted to add any excess water as the superplasticiser will make the concrete flow without the addition of extra water and when concrete has less water it is stronger and less likely to crack and the surface is less likely to flake due to water rising to the top.

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    That sounds good to me. I'll be dismantling the whole lot once it gets warmer and starting again. I take it this will stand up to jetwashing occasionally? I tend to hose down daily, disinfect mid weekly and jetwash thoroughly regularly.

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    I painted mine once but it all flaked up so now I use the stuff they seal the pattern inprinted driveways with. That does a fantastic job but it needs to be bone dry before putting it on. Quite expensive as well.

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    Instead of using traditional floor paint you could use a resin, applied in a similar manner to floor paint, but is much harder wearing, more resiliant and of course more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED-DOT View Post
    Concrete when mixed for outdoor animal use should be batched with a superplasiciser and an air entrainer and do not be tempted to add any excess water as the superplasticiser will make the concrete flow without the addition of extra water and when concrete has less water it is stronger and less likely to crack and the surface is less likely to flake due to water rising to the top.
    Sorry red-dot, but what a load of pish! Portland based cement products set harder / stronger under water than they do in just the air. Portland cement was invented when they started building the London sewerage works and was used specifically because it set harder and faster under water ie below the water table.

    You don't need any additive for concrete for an application like a kennel floor. A plain and simple mix of 5 ballast : 1 cement and adequate water to make it the right consistency will be just fine. I've laid 1000's of metres of concrete and apart from fibres or retarding additives nothing else has ever been added. Make sure the conc is at least 3" thick, don't lay it if the temp is likely to go below 2 degrees C and once it's been set for about 4 weeks paint it with a silicone based patio or brick sealer aka Thompsons water sealer. My current kennel floor has been laid for about 5 years since i moved to this house and it doesn't smell of p*ss and hasn't cracked.

    Tom
    Last edited by tjwaines; 24-02-2012 at 22:22.
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