Flooring Finishes for Dog Kennels, Catteries and Animal Cages
Kennel flooring needs to be strong and durable enough to withstand heavy wear and tear from animals, while still being comfortable enough for them to feel at ease. The right kennel flooring can make all the difference in animal health, comfort, and overall wellness. The type of finish you choose for your kennel floor also matters, as different finishes offer different levels of comfort and safety. Finishes such as rubberized coating or anti slip resin provide higher levels of grip and cushioning. Additionally, liquid epoxy floor coatings are a popular choice for animal cages due to their ability to resist bacteria growth, making them easier to clean and maintain. Choosing the best kennel flooring for you is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly; do some research before committing to a particular material.
The Qualities of Good Dog Kennel Flooring
- Easy to Clean – Lets face it, urine and excrement are inevitable in commercial and domestic kennels. So having a washable surface that is easy to clean and maintain is one of the most important factors.
- Waterproof & Leakproof – Due to the extensive washing down that is necessary to keep your kennel clean, you need to ensure that your chosen floor will stand the test of time. One of the biggest causes of floors failing and needing to be replaced is water ingress beneath it. Resins are the most popular choice as they provide you with a seamless covering which is much harder to penetrate than sheet or tile materials.
- Hygienic – Making the cleaning of your kennel as easy as possible is a must. Being chemically resistant for cleaning products, incorporating a coved skirting detail so that there are no hard to reach edges and choosing a anti microbial covering are all great ways to keep your area and animals safe.
- Strong & Durable – Good kennel flooring should also be strong and durable so it can withstand heavy use, especially in areas with high traffic. It should also be hygienic, to help keep your pet healthy and free from disease. Additionally, look for a material that is waterproof and leakproof to prevent moisture damage and ensure the safety of your pet.
- Anti-slip – Consider a material with an anti-slip surface; this will help to keep your pet safe and secure, especially if they are prone to getting excited or running around the kennel. Look for materials that are specifically designed for use in kennels, as these will be more suitable than general-purpose flooring.
- Easy to Maintain – Some flooring materials are easier to maintain than others; for example, some may require regular sealing and waxing to prevent wear and tear, while others may be kept clean with a simple mopping. Consider the amount of time you have available to commit to maintenance before making your decision, as this will help ensure that your pet’s kennel stays looking great all year round.
- Insulating – Depending on the size and design of your kennel, consider installing insulation to help keep your pet cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. There are several types of insulation available, including foam board, spray foam, and fiberglass rolls. This will not only ensure that your pet stays comfortable but also help reduce energy costs! Additionally, you may need to use proper venting to prevent dampness and mildew.
- Cost-efficient – Although cheaper products may seem like the most economical option, it they are not fit for purpose and need to be changed they can be a costly mistake. Try and strike a balance between the two, we would be more than happy to advise on the options that are available for you.
- Scratch and chew proof – Although dogs are cute, dogs are often very destructive. Choosing a hard-wearing flooring system that will stand up to the constant scraping and gnawing that it will inevitably take is a big decision when it comes to kennel flooring ideas. The best way to judge it is if you can get under the floor and lift it with a screwdriver or other basic hand tool, if so, then your dog will be able to also.
Our Different Kennel Flooring Options
Applied with a trowel at approx 6-9mm, Polyurethane screed is a great choice if you are looking for something that is both scratch and chew proof. It is the most durable option that can stand up to even the roughest of pets. This material is antimicrobial, meaning it inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also offers excellent insulation and noise reduction, making it perfect for keeping your pet’s home cozy and comfortable all year round. As an added bonus, polyurethane screed often comes in a variety of colours so you can choose one that best fits your style!
Resin Floor Paint
Epoxy resin floor paint is a fantastic cost-effective option that can give your pet’s home a new and vibrant look. It is easy to apply and doesn’t require any specialist skills, making it ideal for those on a budget. The resin also has a good anti-slip coating, so your pet won’t have to worry about slipping and sliding when they move around the kennel. Plus, resin floor paints come in a variety of colours and textures, giving lots of options to choose from.
Rubber flooring is a great option for people with small pets. If you have a small pet then it’s difficult to damage, so you won’t have to worry about them ripping or scratching the surface. Rubber flooring also helps to insulate the kennel and keep it warm, while the anti-bacterial properties help prevent any nasty odours from accumulating. The downside to rubber flooring is that it can be a bit tricky to install, so you might need some help from a professional. Rubber mats, which are similar to those used in gym flooring, are also an inexpensive option that are used on a daily basis throughout the UK.
Although vinyl flooring is an affordable option for pet owners who want an easy-to-clean surface in their kennel. It’s relatively simple to install and comes in many different styles and colours. But very similar to rubber, it is installed with a number of seams and joints and is not recommended for heavy use areas such as veterinary areas or professional kennels.
MMA Resin Flooring
MMA resin flooring is a great choice for pet owners who want an even more long-lasting alternative. This type of resin material is often used in industrial settings, so you can be sure that it provides the strength and durability needed for a kennel. Flexible versions of this system are also availbale meaning that it can be installed with plywood or concrete beneath it. MMA resin floors coming in various colours and textures, you can give your pet’s kennel a unique look.
Types of Kennel Flooring to Avoid
Vinyl sheeting is often used in kennels because of its low cost, but it can be easily damaged by scratches and abrasions, as well as by urine and other liquids. It may also crack or separate over time due to exposure to extreme temperatures. Furthermore, vinyl sheeting does not provide good insulation and may harbour bacteria and pathogens that could be harmful to your dog’s health.
Ceramic tiles are another popular option for kennel flooring. They’re not the easiest to clean and sanitize due to the grout lines, that are normally lower that the tiles. Most tiles also won’t harbour pathogens or bacteria, however cement grout is porous, which as we know isn’t great for kennels. Ceramic tiles can be expensive, however they can last a long time with proper maintenance and care.
Don’t do it! Carpet is probably the worst finish for kennel flooring, as it absorbs odours and liquids easily, making them difficult to clean. In addition, carpets can hold allergens such as dust mites and ticks that could aggravate your pet’s allergies. These materials are also breeding grounds for bacteria and pathogens, and carpets are notoriously difficult to sanitize.
Extra Tips for Successful Flooring Installation in Dog & Puppy Kennels
Having a non-porous flooring system means that your kennel can be washed down with either a jet wash or mopped and scrubbed. There are a couple of other additions that can aid in this process.
Integral Floor Drains
Usually made from stainless steel, these surface drains are ideal for areas that need to be cleaned regularly. These systems work the best with resin flooring, because the resin is impervious and can adhere directly to the side of the drains creating an impenetrable system so that the water can run directly into them, without affecting the floor covering.
We are also able to create “falls” in the resin flooring that slope towards the drains. This means that the excess water from cleaning doesn’t need to be squeegeed towards the drains, but naturally gravitates towards them.
Coving is a great way of transitioning between different flooring types, however, if the coving can be built-in then it will make cleaning much easier. Integral coving is made from resin and provides an impervious corner or edge to aid in the sanitization process. The edges are rounded so they are easy to clean and the coving is highly durable, meaning it needs less maintenance.
Resin Wall Coatings
Wall coatings are a great way to protect walls from damage and dirt. When used in conjunction with resin floors, drainage and coved skirting it provides a completely waterproof system that allows for industrial cleaning such as steam cleaning or jet washing. Resin wall coatings are highly durable and provide an additional layer of protection and can even be used to enhance aesthetics. Resin wall coatings can also be applied directly over existing walls, which makes it easy to maintain the original look while still protecting the walls from any damage. These coatings can be applied in a variety of colours and textures, allowing for a custom look that suits any style.
Why Should You Consider DC Flooring for Your Dog Crate & Kennel Floor Installation?
At DC Flooring we have been installing quality products in the harshest of environments for over 20 years. Due to our understanding and experience of the full spectrum of flooring materials that are available, we are able to offer you a completely educated and unbiased opinion on the correct solution for your individual needs.
Can you put a dog kennel on concrete?
Concrete is a good option for the foundation of a dog kennel; however, if untreated, concrete is porous. Due to this open construction, it is highly absorbent to dog urine. The concrete base will then create bad smells and hygiene problems, even if the surface is cleaned daily.
To eliminate these issues, we strongly advise the concrete substrate to have a non-porous floor coating or covering applied to it.
What is the best material for outdoor dog kennel floor?
Methyl methacrylate or MMA resin flooring is ideal for outdoor kennels. This heavy duty resin system ticks all of the boxes that you would want from a pet kennel flooring solution. It is available in smooth or slip-resistant forms; obviously, for external areas, your floor needs to be anti-slip, but not so abrasive that it is uncomfortable for the dogs. The degree of non-slip can be tweaked with this system, meaning the perfect balance can be achieved between safety and comfort.
MMA is a seamless, hard wearing floor covering that is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. This hygienic surface option is also UV resistant, making it perfect for a floor that will be exposed to direct sunlight. It is also highly resistant to urine and the cleaning agents that are used in kennels or catteries on a daily basis.
Another benefit of this particular solution is the fact that MMA can be installed in extreme temperatures. This means that your new floor can be installed in the coldest of winters or the hottest of summers. It just needs dry conditions.
How to clean urine from a dog kennel?
This will vary depending on the flooring you choose to install. If your floor coating or covering is robust enough steam cleaning is the best way to clean up dog urine. However, you need to be careful, as many products are not able to withstand the temperatures that this cleaning method creates. Always check with a flooring expert to see whether this is an option for you.