Flooring takeoffs require a significant amount of time when using paper drawings, especially with odd shaped and curved rooms. All those rectangles and triangles to get accurate SqFt quantities. You could just square off those odd shapes and curves, but that probably won’t win any bids. eTakeoff’s flooring takeoff software can calculate any SqFt quantities by just clicking the mouse around the room. Odd shapes are automatically calculated and eTakeoff keeps track of the perimeter at the same time, which can be used for base. eTakeoff can also calculate Tile by using a Grid in the SqFt area. You can specify the Grid size and gap between tiles. eTakeoff’s flooring takeoff capabilities will automatically calculate all of your other quantities like Thin-Set, Grout, Adhesive, backer board and more. Use our industry leading copy function to copy the entire 2nd floor takeoff to the 3rd, 4th, 5th etc. floors in a multi-floor building saving hours maybe even days.
- Case Studies
Case Study with Excellence in Stone
Excellence in Stone is a tile and marble subcontractor in south Florida specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. Their projects include the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami and the Versace house. They have been using eTakeoff’s flooring takeoff and estimating capabilities for over four years. Click below to read an interview with their head estimator, Silvia Rojas.
Case Study with Construction Specialties
Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties, Inc. is an enormous organization with sales offices and manufacturing across the globe. They offer a wide variety of products including doors, wall coverings, flooring, louvers, grilles, sun controls, specialty venting cubicle tracks and curtains and more. Click below to read an interview with Steve Snyder, the Estimating Supervisor for their Expansion Joint Cover business unit.
Extension allows computation of tile counts
Ceiling or floor tile can be easily taken off using eTakeoff’s “Grid” extension. Grid extensions let you specify the size of the tile (GSHeight and GSWidth in the screen shot below). You can move or rotate the grid for the most efficient layout. The number of full (FullCnt) and partial (PartCnt) tiles are computed automatically. The tile layout is shown on the drawing. Partial tiles are shown with dotted lines. In the example below, dividing the area (1,413.33 sf) by the tile area (4 sf) would yield 354 tiles. But laying out the grid shows that 365 tiles are needed.
Silvia Rojas, Excellence in Stone Inc. Miami FL
I am the estimator for Excellence in Stone, Inc. Our company fabricates and installs Tile, Stone, Terracotta, and Solid Surfaces in South Florida. We specialize in high end residential and commercial projects up to $ 7 million dollars. With this much money at stake we needed an estimating software that would allow me to service our diverse and very demanding customers. Before purchasing eTakeoff 4 years ago, I researched most of the estimating software suppliers and decided on eTakeoff because of their accuracy, support system, and flexibility in customizing the program to our unique use.
Because our jobs are so intricate, often including up to 50 different materials on a single job. We cover so many different types of installation ranging from mosaics to cladding large Stone Slabs on walls and ceilings; so I needed a software that would allow me to tailor each unique project to calculate an ever-changing type of data.
As soon as I tried eTakeoff I realized that this was the software for us. It was easy to use (I have never needed formal training, since their menus are self explanatory) and their built in features that allow you to write custom subroutines are so flexible that I fell in love with the product after a week into the trial.
The implementation was a snap, I was up and running immediately, but it is their support team that I am the most impressed with; it is like having your own personal estimating team to back you up.
Over the years, I have asked for special features to be added to eTakeoff and I have yet to be disappointed. I can now estimate 3 times as many projects as I did before, and in today’s competitive market it has translated into a constant stream of work for our company in a construction industry that has been suffering for the past 5 years.
Excellence in Stone, Inc., Miami Florida