Why Metal Buildings Are Ideal for Your Carwash Venture
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Why Metal Buildings Are Ideal for Your Carwash Venture

Why Metal Buildings Are Ideal for Your Carwash Venture
Apr, 2024

Car wash companies must manage multiple tasks, from creating impressive facades to providing excellent customer service to generate revenue. Over time, car wash businesses have become more efficient, convenient, and automated, which has reduced costs, which is a significant factor in increasing profitability. One solution to reduce costs is to use a prefab car wash building. In this way, the business can benefit from the advantages of such buildings. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits below.

Some Typical Sizes For Steel Car Wash Buildings

The size of a car wash area is ideally around one acre (approx. 45000 sq. ft.). You can install any type of car wash, such as manual hand car wash, touchless car wash, tunnel car wash, fleet clean, etc.

Here Are The Top 7 Reasons Why Steel Is The Ideal Material For Car Wash Buildings

1. Customizability

As we mentioned above, there are different types of car washing businesses that you can select from. Based on this type, you will need to customize your metal building. For instance, if you plan to set up a tunnel car wash, you will need a long conveyor equipment that the car can pass through pre-soaks, mechanical friction, high pressure, cleaning chemicals, and drying. All these sub-parts will need a custom building to fit in.

This is where steel car wash buildings enter the picture. Let’s first talk about the internal customization. You can install a 300-ft.-wide clear-span structure or a 600-ft.-wide metal pole barn to fit your car washing heavy machinery equipment. Metal structures can be as tall as 40 feet, so you can even cater to large vehicles for cleaning services. This will aid your revenue model.

If you are unsure about the form, structure, and design, visit our 3D metal building designing tool. Enter your zip code to get started. Once you are done with the design, you can click on the top left corner to view the building in your space using augmented reality.

2. Energy Efficiency

Now, most of the work at a car cleaning station will be done fully or partly by machines, and these machines need a lot of power to run. You also have to maintain adequate lighting inside and control the temperature so that people can work comfortably, which will amplify your energy bills.

Structural steel is sturdy and retains its strength with time. So, you can add features like skylights, solar tubes, clerestory windows, and even solar panels on the roof to curb power consumption. An insulated metal structure reduces heat transfer, and proper ventilation can decrease moisture buildup. All this will reduce your energy bills.

An additional bonus is that the US government also saves per square foot:

  1. $0.50 per square foot for building with 25% energy savings
  2. Up to $1.00 per square foot for building with 50% energy savings

3. Resistivity

Almost 40 to 80 gallons of fresh water are used in washing a car. This water can damage car wash buildings as they contain debris such as oil, grease, or other cleaning agents. If your car wash building is made of traditional material, it can easily deteriorate with time, leading to frequent repair and maintenance.

With metal car wash buildings, you won’t need to worry about rot, mold, decay, etc., of the wall panels or facades. You can use waterproof metal coating for interior walls with frequent water contact. This way, the metal structure will last longer. And that is not it.

With certified steel buildings, you get assurance that the structure can withstand heavy snow loads, high-speed winds, rain, and fire. Steel is a non-porous material that does not absorb moisture. It also has lower friction, which, when accompanied by a vertical roof, will slide dust, debris, and other gunk off the roof.

4. Affordability

Prefab car wash buildings are fast to construct and require less manpower to operate. That means you can start operating early. As the size of metal buildings increases, the cost per square foot becomes quite competitive with traditional ones.

Metal structures also have lower maintenance costs. You don’t need monthly treatment for pests, termites, mold, and mildew. A regular cleaning and inspection of the building is usually sufficient. So, you have low maintenance costs, low operating costs, and cheaper insurance with any insurance company.

5. Versatility

Metal car wash buildings can be purposed for other applications such as:

Commercial: Retail outlet, manufacturing setup, restaurant, church, school, or office building.

Agricultural: Barn, farm tool & equipment storage, loafing shed, riding arena, or livestock shelter.

Residential: Workshop, storage facility, metal barndominium, or garage.

6. Durability

With little care, metal car wash buildings can last for decades to come. Maintaining them is also not costly. All you need is warm water, some mild detergent, a garden hose or a pressure washer for larger structures (use at the lowest setting to protect coating and paint), and a soft bristle brush for removing stains or minor rusting.

You can opt for galvanized steel or weathering steel, which is rust-resistant. Prefab car wash buildings for sale are the best choice if you want to save some extra cash.

7. Environmental Friendly

Structural steel is recycled 98% and is 100% recyclable. More than 90% of steel production water is returned to its source cleaner. Due to the cutting of trees, there is no deforestation or loss of habitat for other species.

Friction in-bay automatic car wash systems (IBAs) are the way to go if you want to conserve water. With only around 35 gallons of water used per wash, they beat the average of over 110 gallons used for a driveway car wash every day. Even the tunnel wash, which cleans the car inside out, uses about 110 gallons of water but does thorough cleaning.

Get Metal Building For Your Car Wash Business

While deciding on the form and structure of construction that will suit your car wash business, look for the criteria that are crucial to running a successful business. Durable, low operational cost, and clear span options are something you can consider. In addition, you can also spend some money on aesthetic and interior customer seating and waiting areas.

Let Viking Steel Structures help you plan your metal car wash building with their excellent craftsmanship and competitive prices. Call now at 877-801-3263 for a quote.

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