Roofing takeoffs are quite difficult when performed on paper drawings. Manually calculating odd shaped roofs as well as calculating the pitch make the process long and tedious. With eTakeoff you can simply point and click your mouse on electronic drawings and the SqFt with pitch can be automatically calculated for you. Hips & Valleys can be calculated by just measuring the length. eTakeoff can be setup to calculate all your material including Sheathing, Underlayment, Flashing and Nails. eTakeoff automatically creates a sorted and totaled list that you can easily export to Excel or other estimating software.
Manny Alvarez, A-1 Property Services, Inc., Miami FL
Your product kicks butt! I love it! It is so intuitive and elegant (best word to describe it). I love the dude (or lady) who created it! Awesome! It really appeals to my sense of economy and reason. Your prompt response and concern, though impressive and outstanding, doesn’t surprise me now that I see how this thing works. I will no doubt be in touch to work out the function details – but my immediate impression is: ‘blown away!’”
A-1 Property Services, Inc., Miami Florida
Brent Goren, Barrett Roofing, Danbury CN
eTakeoff is an incredibly powerful and versatile piece of software. I am an estimator for Barrett Roofing, a Union roofing contractor in the tri-state area and eTakeoff has made me more efficient with my time, more effective with my efforts, and more competitive with my bids. I starting using the software in August of 2012 and have since noticed a dramatic increase in both my productivity and my profitability / conversion rate. In only four months we doubled our previous bid-output and decreased our margins of error below 2%. We didn’t add a new estimator. We didn’t start working sixteen hour days. We started using eTakeoff and embraced an era of change.
eTakeoff helped me hone in on pin-point precision for my bottom line so I can win jobs. Period. We have all been faced with the choice of “quality” or “quantity.” This software doesn’t force you to choose — it enables you to take a set of plans and turn it into your trade-specific dollars and cents in a fraction of the time it would normally take. eTakeoff puts the tools you need right at your fingertips — accessible with just a click of a mouse button. eTakeoff is vastly superior to other programs.
The key to winning bids in this economy is competitive pricing that is both accurate and aggressive. eTakeoff affords you all the customization of your own personal “in-house” software without the trappings of a clunky interface and poorly implemented back-of-house functionality.
Setting up the Quantity Worksheet, the Excel Spreadsheet integration, and your “bread ‘n butter” traces can take a little time but it is worth it; the more you learn about the program the easier it will be to put together your estimates. If you’re a novice-user I recommend watching the online videos and taking the web tutorials right on the eTakeoff website or opting for the Customer Support subscription.
The most phenomenal aspect of my experience with the eTakeoff has been my interaction with the team. Their website, forums, and phone-support are friendly, helpful, and very accommodating. They know that we rely on their software to bring home the bacon and I always feel like a valued customer. I have participated in many a discussion both via phone call and the forums regarding changes to the software, new features, and implementation. The eTakeoff team keeps an open dialogue and encourages feedback so they can keep the software updated to the ever-changing needs of their clients.
Barrett Roofing, Danbury Connecticut
Calculate and lays out joists
Joist extensions offer special powerful features. The area to be covered is digitized. The joist spacing and joist width are entered. The length rounding is selected from a list. A pitch can be specified for sloped joists such as roofs. You can then:
- Rotate the joist orientation to any angle
- Move the starting point for the first joist
- Remove or insert individual joists
- Double up individual joists
The joist layout is visually displayed. You can also get a count of the different lengths needed and copy it to the clipboard.
Calculate hip / valley lengths
A simple extension calculate hip/valley length. The hip or valley is digitized. The run is entered (it defaults to 12). Then the rise is entered for each side. If the second rise is the same as the first it doesn’t need to be entered.
Calculate roof area from digitized area, run and rise
A simple extension use run and rise inputs and the digitized area to calculate the total roof area. The run defaults to 12.00.
- Case Studies
Case Study with Barret Roofing
Barrett Roofing is a roofing subcontractor in Danbury Connecticut. They provide roofing services in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York State and New Jersey. In addition to roofing they install architectural sheet metal and do other specialty work. Most of their work is commercial, industrial or institutional with projects ranging from thousands of dollars to millions. Click below to read an interview with one of their estimators Brent Goren.