Winter often means very low temperatures and extreme weather, so make sure to include insulation in your dog house. Gather the following materials for this easy project.
Step 1 - Finding Your Dog House
First, find a dog house which is big enough to be modified. Adding insulation material inside the doghouse will make the interior considerably smaller. You will find it much easier to insulate a dog house that is not furnished.
Step 2 - Choosing Insulation
The next thing that you need is to choose insulation material. It's a good idea to choose material which is easy to install and handle. Most people find working with rolled insulation is much easier because it can be trimmed with a pair of scissors. There are however plenty of other types of insulation which you can choose depending on your preferences.
When choosing insulation, the most important thing to consider is the weather conditions and the climate in your area. You need to choose the right type of insulation so that it effectively keeps your dog house warm.
Step 3 - Measuring
Measure the dimensions of the floor of your dog house. Insulating the floor is very important because it is where most of the heat will escape. You will find it easier to insulate the floor if it's possible to remove the floor. If the floor can be removed then you can lift this out to install the insulation.
Step 4 - Cutting Flooring
Mark the floor measurements onto the plywood and cut it out if you cannot remove the flooring in your dog house. Make sure that the plywood will fit in place when the insulation is fitted.
Step 5 - Cutting Insulation
Next, either use a craft knife or a pair of scissors to cut the insulation to size. Make sure that the insulation is a snug fit around the floor of your dog house and then nail it down to secure it to the floor.
Repeat the above process to measure and cut the insulation needed for the sides of the walls and the top. Make sure that everything is as closely fitting as possible.
Step 6 - Sealing Gaps
Gaps can be sealed by using caulking. Use enough caulk to seal the gaps between the ceiling, walls and floor. Make sure that the caulking is completely dry before you let your dog back into the space. Also make sure that the caulk doesn't smell too badly.
Step 7 - Finishing Touches
If there are any rough edges then you need to use sandpaper to take the edge off them, this will make it safer and more comfortable for you and your dog. Make sure you try and spot any nails which are sticking out as these can cause more harm.