Heavy duty aluminum dog crates are becoming the next big thing in the indestructible dog crate marketplace. They have arrived like interplanetary spaceships invading the world of steel dog crates. I suspect there will always be a place for the heavy duty steel dog crate however I expect a diminishing market share as time rolls on.
At CarryMyDog.com we were fortunate to have found the heavy duty dog crate industry just a little over 6 years ago. In that time we have helped thousands of dog owners manage their separation anxiety dogs. We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly come into the marketplace. We have seen 18 gauge wire dog crates being called "heavy duty." We've seen so called "indestructible" crates being sold at $179.00 or less. If an indestructible heavy duty dog crate is selling for $179.00 and there are lots of others selling for $600 to $700 and up, you've got to know that something is afoot here as in "who does that make sense to?"
I purposely worded the above paragraph as if it was dog crate history. It isn't! It's happening right now. Yes, it is a heavy duty dog crate jungle out there for owners of separation anxiety dogs. Be careful!
Back to Aluminum Dog Crates
The first time a manufacturer said the words "aluminum dog crates" to me I immediately pictured a soda can in my mind's eye. It didn't take long for me to realize that these new aluminum crates would be the next big thing in heavy duty dog crates.
Let's look at some reasons why aluminum is the better choice.
Lightweight aluminum dog crates typically will weigh in at 20% to 30% less than their steel counterparts. This can be a really big deal if you need to move your crate from room to room with any regularity.
Manufacturers are using a material thickness in the vicinity of .050 to .063 aluminum in the manufacture of their crates. I'm no engineer so I look at things pretty much as any other consumer would. Common sense tells me that material thickness is important however, it's the design and manufacturing process that makes all the difference when it comes to strength and indestructibility of the dog crate.
If the design is right, the material is up to the task and, the method of fastening it all together is good, then you have a strong and indestructible heavy duty aluminum dog crate. If welded rivets are used then the crate will not only stay together, it won't rattle as you're traveling with the crate. If it's put together with the proper bolts and nuts, it will withstand most anything your dog can subject it to.
Solid Aluminum Walls vs. Vertical Tubular Aluminum Bars
Here's where there may be some disagreement. Again, not being an engineer, my opinion is simply this: a solid piece of aluminum is stronger than hollow aluminum tubing welded vertically to create the walls and doors. Here's why I make that statement. What happens when your dog starts to crunch a hollow tube? Once a hollow tube becomes flat in one spot, the integrity of that piece of metal is in question. The strength of the tube now depends on the welds at the top and the bottom of the tube. And, let's say it does hold. What does your crate look like now with one, two or three or more tubes flattened out in the center half way up the tube?
Another consideration is your dogs' ability to get his jaws around one or two vertical tubes whether aluminum or steel. Some of the coating will be removed. Most, if not all, the coating on heavy duty dog crates both aluminum and steel is powder coating. If the powder coating on an aluminum crate is chewed or otherwise removed in spots you are left with a silver colored metal. If the powder coating is removed in spots from a steel crate you will see the base metal for a short time then what: rust spots. Aluminum does not rust!
I've had customers concerned about their dogs scratching or chewing the crate which may displace some of the powder coating. They worry that their dog may ingest some of the dust and that it could be harmful to their dog. What I can tell you is what the manufacturer has told me. The powder coating from the aluminum crate is no more dangerous than house dust.
The powder coating on your aluminum crate will last many years. I will not flake or peel. It will keep your crate looking great for a lifetime.
Let me be clear about this. I am talking about our Tan and Gray crates made in America. I have no idea about imported crates and their powder coating.
I'm sure you can see how these advantages contribute to making a heavy duty aluminum dog crate the best choice short or long term for your dog.
If you have questions or would like more information about our heavy duty aluminum dog crates please contact us on www.carrymydog.com via email, chat or phone. We are here to assist you in putting your home back to a satisfactory degree of "normal" with regard to your canine separation anxiety issues.