Car Wash Investor Guide

Construction Methods

Your carwash building should be designed to be permanent. Materials
should be chosen for their durability. Manly older washes have
deteriorated in appearance because they were not designed to withstand
the punishment that car washing can deal out.

The most important design consideration when choosing wall materials
for your carwash is to maintain a clean, good-looking appearance
throughout the life of your building. The best wall material to
accomplish this purpose is concrete block. On the exterior walls
fluted, granite faced blocks may be used to enhance the appearance of
your wash. On the interior wash bay walls, smooth block should be
used. Blocks that are dye coloured to match the colour of local soil
will camouflage the dirt that accumulates on every Self-service wash
bay wall. Block walls inside the bays should be sealed with a clear
sealer, or preferably, covered with a durable "FR" type wall board.

Ordinary concrete block is not recommended because it must be painted,
and there is no paint currently made that will hold up against the
chemicals and grime of a carwash. Metal walls are the least durable of
all, and are the most difficult to maintain.

The most commonly used roof material is galvanized steel. The key here
is to make sure the roof is rustproof. Wooden roof structures
supported by laminated beams or trusses can also be used. All carwash
roof structures should include some type of decorative fascia. The
decision on the type of roof to use should be based on local codes,
cost and personal preference.

Concrete slabs in the bays and aprons are absolutely essential. The
concrete work requires adherence to rigid specifications and local
building codes.

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