If your dog spends a lot of time in the backyard, he needs a home. A plastic house is the best and the most affordable option. But, how to insulate a plastic dog house and make it warmer and more appealing? There are a few methods for that. Some are very simple and well-known, while others may sound strange.
How to Insulate A Plastic Dog House
1- Using reflective foil
Using reflective foil can be the simplest answer to how to insulate a plastic dog house question. The goal here is to place it inside so the body of a dog is reflected and return to the dog. As such, he will gain more heat inside the house and he will enjoy more.
There are many types and variations of reflective foil and all of these are the ideal choice. Just keep in mind to install them on all surfaces and make sure there are no large gaps. Another, the advantage of using reflective foil is that you can use it with any other method on the list.
2- With the help of bubble wrap
The first thing to keep in mind here is that we are referring to a special bubble wrap that is coated with aluminum. This isn’t the bubble wrap you will get your packages in. It is made for insulations only. The installation process is almost the same as with reflective foil.
It is simple and straightforward. Don’t forget that you can also use it with other methods here. Bubble wrap has small air pockets that will insulate the dog house and make it much warmer. In addition, you can use ordinary bubble wrap that is used for packaging but the results will be lower in the terms of insulation.
3- Foam spray that expands
This process is extremely cheap but also can be time-consuming. The main thing to do is to place pieces of wood inside the house so there is a gap between the walls and the inserted pieces.
Apply the foam spray and you are done. Yes, it will decrease the size of the house but not in massive numbers. Also, keep in mind that you can apply the spray if the house already has hollow walls.
4- Fiberglass method
You already have fiberglass insulation on your attic. It is pink stuff that is extremely common and affordable. All you should do is tape it or staple it to the walls of the house and you are done. Keep in mind that it must not come in contact with your skin and hair of your pet.
Make sure you add another set of walls or fabric to make this impossible. Also, you will need to wear protective gear during the process.
5- Water insulation system
No, it doesn’t mean you need to place the house in the pool. Instead, you can place water bottles, filled with water all around the house and make sure there are no large gaps or anything similar.
You can also use warm water which is actually a more effective insulator than you may believe. In the worst case scenario, water will freeze.
But, ice can be used for insulation as well. It is definitely the strange and weird recommendation we have here but it is also effective and very appealing. Add the fact it is completely free and you can see the appeal. Yes, you can pair this method with any other from this list.
You can try different approaches in this case scenario and all of them should work well.
6- Polystyrene Foam
This method is better known as Styrofoam and it is used for all kinds of insulations. You can see it on coffee cups, coolers and so much more. It is cheap, easy to work with, and extremely affordable.
The only drawback is the lifespan. Styrofoam won’t last long so you may want to replace it or take care of it. Installation is simple. You need to glue it down to the walls of the house and you are all done. Other options are staple or tack Styrofoam.
Choose the one that is most suitable for you.
7- Carpet option
Carpets can be used as well. It isn’t the best option but is one of the simplest and reasonably effective. You need to place carpets on the floor of the house and if possible on the walls. Use carpets designed for outdoor use because these will last much longer.
They are reasonably expensive, but you can find old ones for free. Also, they can make the dog house look much better if you are original. The best way to install carpets is to glue them to the walls and the floor. You can use other methods as well, but these are more complicated and more expensive.
8- Using wood
Using wood with small air pockets (soft wood) is beneficial. It isn’t the best option here. Wood isn’t well-known for its insulation capabilities. However, it can be the simplest and the easiest method of them all. The goal is obvious.
Measure the walls of the house and cut the piece of wood that will match them perfectly. Glue it down or use nails to install it. There are a few additions to keep in mind. First of all, you can leave a small gap between the walls. This will act as an additional insulator.
A much better choice is to use expanding spray in the gaps. This will make a massive difference and can help you get the best effect. It is also affordable.
How to insulate a plastic dog house will depend on your budget and your skills. All of these methods are used commonly by dog owners living in cold areas. You need to try one at least and make sure your dog can withstand low temperatures better.
After all, this is a much better option than leaving the house uninsulated which will mean one thing. Your pet will be cold.
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