Materials we use in our Kennels ….
Classic designs and modern materials meet to create the best, most weather resistant, and most comfortable Dog Kennels.
The core of our designs is the 70x35mm Framework which is the Strength along with the treated Radiata Pine which has been used safely in Australia for over 50 years, extending the life of a radiata pine post from a few years to 40 years or more. For more information on CCA Treated Wood read the chapter “CCA treated timbers” This wood was designed for superior strength and structural integrity, as well as the highest possible level of moisture, rot, scratch, dent, and insect resistance. As a result, our dog kennels resist warping, cracking and splitting better than any other wood dog house around.
Other materials available ….
Other Materials available are Timber Weatherboards, Marine Plywood and Wood Composites.
Whatever material type you want to use, by being a qualified tradesman of over 35 years I feel I can offer you your best value for money over the next 10 to 15 years compared to buying a new Kennel every year or so because the others just keep falling to pieces! I won’t compromise Quality and neither should you!
CCA treated timbers ….
For those that didn’t know, CCA treated timbers contain a small amount of Arsenic. The below information is copied directly off the CSIRO website.To read it directly from the CSIRO website click below or just continue reading.
“Arsenic occurs naturally in Australian soil at concentrations between 0.2 and 50 parts per million (ppm, equal to mg/kg), with an average of five to six ppm.
The arsenic used in CCA is in a form (arsenate or pentavalent arsenic) that is five to ten times less toxic than the most toxic form, arsenite (trivalent arsenic). Fixation modifies the arsenate into metal-metal complexes and organo-complexes with wood.
Ingestion studies with animals have shown that this greatly reduces its mammalian toxicity. For example, no evidence of toxicity was found after beagle dogs were fed 10 grams of CCA-treated sawdust per day for five days in food. Seventy percent of the arsenic passed with wood through the faeces. The rest was expelled in urine, having been extracted from wood in the stomach. The bulk (85 per cent) of the urinary arsenic was detoxified to dimethylarsinic acid (4).
In another experiment, researchers in New Zealand found no abnormalities after sheep and calves were fed 454 grams of CCA-treated pine on one occasion, or 113 grams per day for 25 days (5).”
If after reading this, you prefer to use another material please let me know.
What our competitors use ….
Most of our competitors use plywood, fir-wood, and other soft woods, metal, or inferior grades of cedar. These woods lack the structural integrity of the treated Radiata Pine and are prone to cracking, curling, warping, moisture rot and other damage when subjected to rain and temperature extremes.
Chinese-made dog houses typically utilize low-quality Asian softwoods which do not hold up well in the Australian climate. Given the scandals involving tainted food products and paint from China, significant concerns have also been raised regarding the safety of the finishes applied to many Chinese dog houses, most are built from Fir-Wood, a pulp which isn’t an external product or Weatherproof.
Even worse, some of our competitors use plastics to build their houses. Plastic is a very poor choice for a dog house as it can emit volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) especially in hot climates, it lacks appropriate thermal insulation properties (too hot in summer, cold in winter), and it generally degrades and becomes brittle relatively quickly due to damage from UV light from the sun.
No assembly required ….
Our dog houses come completely finished ready for use. Most of our competitor’s dog houses are painted, covering up defects and materials they have used, the cheaper ones even need assembly.
Ours can go directly out in the weather without any further treatment but we still recommend brushing a Fence Stain or Paint over them every few years to not only make them look incredible but to make them last 10 times longer than most other Dog Houses.
Hidden Quality Underneath …
Our Base, Walls and Roof are framed with 70x35mm select-grade Radiata Pine. None of the Imported or local Pet Store Kennels are built like this as they need something cheap and very lightweight to reduce Transport and Labour Costs, they couldn’t compete with buying a Kennel direct from me, the cost of my timber alone is sometimes more then their final Retail Cost of the whole Kennel. Then other hardware like Screws also adds to the final cost, especially when my most popular Kennel uses over 500 screws! Again, I won’t compromise my name and quality by saving $50 or more on materials. Many of my Customers learn the hard way, buy what looks like a Bargain but then realise why the Kennel was cheaper then ours and come back to me after spending hundreds of dollars only to have to spend all that money again!
The only way these other Kennels can be offered cheaper is they have to compromise Materials and Quality.
While all these other Kennels are lightweight and can be picked up by a single person, mine can take up to 4 strong men to lift and move them onto a Ute or Trailer. The first big gust of wind blows all my competitors away, mine will still be standing where you left it.
Metal or Timber Roof? …
We get a lot of sun and with Metal Roofs this has problems with radiant heat from the metal, ever touched a piece of metal that’s been out in the sun? You’ve see the adds on TV where they cook an egg on a piece of metal that’s been out in the sun. The same thing with your beloved dog, they will feel much cooler under a timber roof then anything made of metal, so why buy a Kennel with a Colorbond Roof and find your dog sleeps anywhere but in its Kennel because of the heat generated by the metal!
Fir-Wood Warning …
The Orangy Colour Kennels found in Pet Stores are made from Fir-Wood, read this before you think your getting a Bargain,
The next link is from Wikipedia, explaining what Fir-wood is and how it’s an inside material not outside especially for Dog Kennels.
“The wood of most firs is considered unsuitable for general timber use, and is often used as pulp or for the manufacture of plywood and rough timber. Because this genus has no insect or decay resistance qualities after logging, it is generally recommended for construction purposes as indoor use only (e.g. indoor drywall framing). This wood left outside cannot be expected to last more than 12 to 18 months, depending on the type of climate it is exposed to.
I used to work in a large Pet Store chain and we were told NOT to tell the Customer that these Kennels would fall to peices within the first year! Sales were more important then truth and honesty.