Characteristics of the Best Roofing Estimating Software

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Does creating estimates take up more time than you’d like? Do you have a tendency to over- or under-estimate a roofing job?

Many roofers are looking for solutions to streamline the estimating process so they can reduce errors and save valuable time. Roofing software contains tools to help you create estimates quickly, easily and accurately. But how can you determine which roofing estimating software system will be the best for your business?

Learn more about what roof estimating software is, the characteristics of the best roofing estimating software, plus a look at what benefits switching to that software can provide.

What is Roof Estimating Software?

Roofing estimating software helps contractors build, send, and store estimates more easily. This software may include features such as:

  • Digital estimating templates
  • Pitch and slope calculators
  • Aerial measurement reporting
  • Electronic signature technology

Some roofing estimating software is a stand-alone system that only contains estimating tools. Other software incorporates these tools into an all-in-one business management platform. AccuLynx roofing software combines powerful estimating features with the tools and technology you need to manage every other aspect of your business.

More Accurate Measurements

More accurate measurements are the foundation of better estimates. When you have the exact area, length, and pitch of a roof, you can order the correct materials, calculate labor costs more precisely, and deliver better customer service. On the other hand, if your measurements are faulty, the rest of the estimating process suffers. If you’re struggling with your estimates, measurement accuracy could be the culprit. The best roofing estimating software enables you to easily improve the accuracy of your measurements. This helpz you create better estimates, save time, and reduce overhead.

aerial roofing measurements

New aerial measurement technology like EagleView is giving roofers access to improved measurements. When you order aerial measurements, you’re getting a detailed, accurate report of every part of the roof that you need, without having to climb up there yourself or rely on calculations. If you haven’t used aerial measurements before, now is the time to switch. It can make a huge difference in your accuracy and efficiency.

AccuLynx integrates with EagleView so you can order aerial measurement reports directly from the AccuLynx platform. Not only does this make it easy to get the measurements you need, it also means that your measurement information is stored within the platform alongside the rest of your job details. You won’t have to hunt down measurements for a given job. You can pull them up whenever you need and use them at any time.

Streamlined Roofing Estimate Creation

After you’ve gathered accurate measurements for a job, how can you efficiently turn those numbers into an accurate estimate? It requires calculating the amount of materials and labor-hours needed to complete the job, adjusting for waste and profit margins, and creating an estimate the customer can review. Doing it all in spreadsheets or document templates can take a long time, and there is potential for inaccuracy. This can lead to over- or under-estimating. Roofing estimating software that can help streamline this process saves roofers significant time, reduces errors, and increases customer satisfaction.

The estimating tool in AccuLynx provides roofers with a greater ability to create precise estimates. In this tool, it’s easy to translate measurements into orders. Using the measurements that are already in AccuLynx, roofers can populate their estimates with automatically calculated material and labor costs—with just a few clicks. Instead of having to do your own math every time, pre-sets in the AccuLynx platform combined with the stored (and more accurate) measurements give you exact costs. The tool also allows you to easily adjust your profit margins as you see fit using our margin calculator. And AccuLynx integrates with ABC Supply, so once a customer signs off on your work, you can order the materials you need directly from the platform, saving significant time and helping you order only what you’ll use on a job.

Tip: Using AccuLynx to order from ABC Supply can save you time, increase profit margins, and limit errors.

Once your labor and material costs are calculated, AccuLynx also enables you to create a professional, polished estimate. This can be done within the platform and is immediately ready to be sent to your potential customer. You can hide or include as much information about the costing as you see fit, include your company header, and have an estimate prepared efficiently and quickly. And with our SmartDocs feature, you can save old estimates as templates, so you can use them for every similar job.

Increased Efficiency with Roofing Software

Finally, once your estimate is finished, AccuLynx makes it easy to send it electronically so your prospective customer can review it, reducing the amount of time spent traveling to and from the job site and letting the prospect make decisions on their own time. From start to finish, AccuLynx makes the estimating process as smooth, efficient, and painless as possible. It also eliminates errors and increases accuracy.

The best roofing estimating software is designed to work for your business and help you improve the estimating process. When roofers use software to manage their businesses, they receive a whole host of benefits. This includes greater accuracy to easier ordering to a more streamlined estimating process. If you’ve been struggling with estimating—or you’re looking for ways to increase your efficiency—evaluating roofing software like AccuLynx for your business can make a big difference.

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