Do I need a concrete base for my kennel?
In short, a concrete or slab base is best and provides a firm, level surface for your new dog kennel and run to sit on. We will always recommend that you have a solid and reasonably level surface for your dog kennel. A flat and permanent concrete or slab base will support your kennel. For larger builds the timber frame needs that solidity to keep the structure straight and strong. However there are alternatives available.
Phenolic coated raft base
A substitute to having what can sometimes be a costly concrete base laid, is our phenolic coated, wipe-clean kennel base. Also known as a raft base or wipe-clean kennel base. These alternative dog kennel bases mean you don’t nessessarily need a hard-standing area in your garden. They are moveable so are ideal for rented accommodation.
We make a frame from 45mm tanalised framework (2’x2′) which is the same size as the footprint of your new kennel. We then fix 12mm plyboard that has a special coating to the frame. This is the base that your new kennel and run will sit on.
Can the raft base be used for all dog kennel and runs?
Short answer – not really. The raft bases are designed to be used on uneven surfaces like gravel or grass. But, they will still follow the ups-and-downs of the ground underneath. For a smaller kennel this isn’t a problem. The phenolic coated base will be perfectly fine for our smaller sized Alton single dog kennel and run or our Sandon dog kennel for sale.
However, some companies will give you a speil that these bases can be used on grass for rows of kennel blocks or larger sized dog kennel and runs. As already mentioned, the wipe-clean raft base will still follow the ground underneath it, which is why we don’t recommend using it soley for the larger kennels and animal housing. The raft bases can be used for the larger structures, but only when there is a level concrete base for it to sit on.