very important...

The title of this page is kind of misleading. The truth is, when it comes to a booth purchase, there are never enough questions asked. Getting a booth installed in your shop/yard is a full construction project and should be treated as such. There is usually a contractor and sub trades and everything else that comes with a full project. 

The booth is only 1 of around 20 costs involved in a booth install. Now this isn't to scare you. And some of these costs may not even apply to you, but its always a good idea to be aware of possible expenses. The following is just a quick list of possible costs.

  • Permits - provincial, municipal and local
  • Building envelope - roof and wall tie ins
  • Fire suppression - check NFPA codes and local standards
  • Material Handling - cost of freight and unloading freight on site
  • Equipment rental - scissor lifts, fork lifts or possibly cranes
  • Excavation - do you need a pit cut into your shop floor?
  • Flooring - does your shop have special flooring that needs to be tied back in?
  • Engineering - does the booth interfere with the structure of your building?
  • Roof Reinforcing - is support required after the roof holes are cut?
  • Make-up Air - what unit does your booth need?
  • Booth Assembly - the actual building of the booth structure
  • Duct Assembly - whos taking care of running the ducting?
  • Gas Lines - do they need to be extended, moved or upgraded?
  • Air source - are you set up for your spray guns? do you need a compressor?
  • Power hookup - are modifications required prior ro install?
  • Control Panel - may not come with one. check
  • Light Bulbs - whos providing?
  • System Startup - done by installer? or third party?
  • Clean up - clarify which party is in charge of waste removal/demo
  • Out of town expenses - is your location difficult to ship to/drive to? Check to prevent unknown costs.
  • Trade management - who is going to manage the trades and set up a schedule? 
  • Safety - are modifications required to meet local safety standards and fire ratings?

As stated before. Not all costs will apply to you. Typically, the larger the job, the more of the costs that will pop up. A table top booth comes with pretty much everything, but an industrial intstallation requires almost each part to be selected individually.

If you still need more clarity of the process and costs. Please continue reading to see better explanation of each of the categories.


Considerable time and effort is involved in retreiving the proper documentation from the varying levels of municipality. Shop layout drawings are needed to get building permits to even begin the project. Various inspectors need to be lined up during construction to make sure that everything is being done up to code. And a constant monitering is required to make sure we don't miss something and get shut down for not complying to a specific standard. Its not as simple as just getting a stamp down at city hall. The permit cost covers this portion of the work.


Improperly setup building envelope can result in a leaking roof or walls, which could cause a lot of damage if left unnoticed for too long. The right trades have to be brought in to ensure that the roof and walls are tied back in correctly to prevent this from ever happening.


Safety is of the utmost importance. And fire suppression is part of that. As well, it's often required by the NFPA code. An inspection needs to be lined up, and the code needs to be adhered to. A plumber may need to come in and run a suppression system. Check your local code as well as the NFPA standard.


A booth needs to be manufactured and then sold by a distributor before getting into the hands of a customer. The material needs to find its way from the factory to your doorstep, and there are handling costs associated with that. A shipping company needs to be found and lined up. As well, a plan must be made for unloading the product once it arrives, as body shops seldom have loading docks.


Depending on the size of the booth, there may be specialized pieces of equipment needed to perform the install. The most common being a forklift rental, but this may also include sky hooks, man lifts or boom lifts.


Depending on the booth type, an evac floor may need to be installed into your shop. A concrete company will need to be hired to cut a hole in your floor and form out the ventilation. 


A tradesman may need to be hired to tie your current flooring back into the booth. Often this is best done by the original tradesman who did your floor in the frist place. Alternatively a bare concrete floor may need no tie in at all.


A booth install may affect the structure of your shop or something else that requires an engineer to get involved. Of course, one needs to be lined up and any requirments laid out, must be adhered to.


Cutting holes in a roof tends to remove a lot of the strength of it. To prevent other workers, heavy snowfall etc. from falling through your roof, its typically a good idea to add reinforcement to replace the strength of the structure. Special curbs may need to be installed or a welder may need to be hired to frame out the hole.


Almost every booth requires some form of air circulation. Make-up Air units come in a vast array of sizes and types depending on the specific needs of your booth. This is usally one of the larger costs and should be figured out during the early quote stages.


The cost of the booth itself. This covers the physical materials as well as the erection of the booth.


This is for hiring a trade to come tie duct work into the booth as well as run it to an appropriate ventilation or air intake.


Gas needs to be run to the burners to operate your booth. Also the lines need to meet a certain standard. A tradesman needs to be brought in to run the lines to the booth and upgrade the lines if need be.


Are you set up with compressed air already? Or does a compressor need to be installed to run your sprayguns etc? Usually a staple in most autobody shops, but something to be remembered if your opening your own shop.


Electrical lines need to be run from the main line into the booth. On top of that. The control panel may need to be tied into other systems in the shop. An electrician needs to be hired for this.


A suitable control panel needs to be purchased to operate your booth. Depending on the booth, the control panel may vary. This will be assessed by your sales rep and a suitable panel will be selected.


A specialist has to come out at the end of it all to perform the first run of the booth and make sure that eveything is working correctly. 


The costs of removing empty crates or demo'd materials. A company needs to be paid to haul it away.


Some locations are harder to reach than others. There may be additional costs involved in getting trades and materials to your location.


A general contractor needs to assigned to schedule the trades and make sure the construction process goes smoothly.

SAFETY: (environment depending)

safety precautions may need to be established to ensure adhereing to Occupational Health and Safety standards. There may be costs tied to this.