Kennel Floor


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Gents some help please.

I want to put two kennels and a run into half of an outbuilding.

Approximate dimensions for the kennel / run will be 4m x 2.50m open to the elements at the front, and divided into two, by a partition.

I've discovered that galvanised panels with doors etc, are readily available, but am clueless about what to do with the floor.

At the moment it is rough concrete with a slight fall to the open end - I established this by emptying a bucket of water, some of which seemed to soak in to the floor, on its way to running out the front.

My uneducated opinion is that I need to smooth and seal the floor, maintaining and possibly exaggerating, the drop - how do I achieve this?

Do I need to drain into the drains? Or will draining into the gravel outside do the job?

Any thoughts much appreciated.



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You could use latex self levelling compound mixed up not too thin and you can form a fall on the floor
As the drainage see how drainage works you can always add that later if needed
Atb. Monty

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As said by Byron, tiling is the best solution. I used an end of line clearance sale porcelain tile in mine with a 1 in 40 slope and it's a doddle to keep clean. I tiled about two feet up the walls as well, just makes the cleaning handier.


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I tiled my sleeping boxes, not sure if was a good idea or not
Awful cold I've found for the dogs.
I also think tiles can be slippy when wet.

Everyone has different preferences, some like painted, resin and all sorts of fancy finishes, but someone else will always slag them off too.
I just like smooth concrete with plenty off fall, possibly even 2 ways if u can
I'd try to increase the fall as much as possible

The gravel will probably work well initially, but depending on how many dogs and how often they pee in runs and ur soul conditions below gravel.
But as said u can add later if needed


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We use a granite cement mix for dairy floors, it's very hard wearing and can be polished as it's going off to provide a glass like finish. If you are happy with the falls you could use fibre glass which can be lipped up the walls like a skirting board.


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Nice bit of carpet works well ,just throw away when heavily **** stained (joking)
As said the gravel will work up until the soil can take no more and will stink in the summer .Drainage to mains drain is a must for me .
Self leveller will leave floor slippery when wet unless painted with a concrete sealer and sand textured paint .
I have whisked grit sand with leveller in the past with better results but still needs sealing .
Tiles are an option but the grout needs to be very hard wearing or the **** will eat it and start the tiles lifting .


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When the kennels were built, the floors were floated concrete, with good falls to the drain, which has a 'catch basket' in it for the inevitable dog hair, leaves, etc. We used a two-pack epoxy finish that is usually used on milking parlours or garage floors. It's extremely hard wearing, not too slippery, and can be power washed. It still leaves you with a cold floor in the run, though, so I built a 'pallet' for each kennel (just cheapo 2" x 2") and put Stokboard on top. Happy dogs, and very easy to keep clean.


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Just don't leave gaps that could trap a claw and rip it off.

Our kennel was, from memory, slabbed with paving slabs butted close tight.

Six in all. If they are butted tight just like a pavement is laid there's no risk of a trapped claw.


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When i worked in the concrete repair and specialist coatings i did my kennel floor with a two pack epoxy coating. We always did floors with two coats, each coat of a different colour so you can see when it needs redoing. What surprised me was how fast the dogs wore out the top layer and needed redoing. We did quite a few prisons floors in a nice shiny grey colour.