Technology has transformed the roofing industry in the past five years. Companies that adopt technology can improve all aspects of their business – from saving money to improving customer service.
These roofing apps help contractors make accurate estimates, document change orders and manage projects.
Roof Pitch Calculators and Measuring Apps
Calculating roof pitch is a critical task. These apps automate the process, greatly expediting the job.
Pitch Gauge derives its name from one of its core features: measuring and calculating roof pitch. The app takes measurements and automatically makes the pitch for you. After the calculations are made, you can tailor the app to generate a materials report to give to your suppliers.
The app has developed a number of other features, most notably the ability to track the various stages projects are in. Pitch Gauge allows you to track leads, denote when you have meetings scheduled and make estimates.
Lastly, Pitch Gauge gives you analytics to help govern your projects. It will visually key you in on what projects are just beginning, which are nearly complete, and which leads are ready for a follow-up.
Pitch Gauge offers both monthly and annual pricing options. The price depends entirely on how many projects you have, allowing smaller outfits to afford the software.
Roof Rafter Calculators and Software
In addition to pitch, these mobile apps calculate other measurements instantaneously, saving you time and money. Other features are often built in, such as the ability to make material orders based on the measurements.
RoofSnap has led the way for roofing measurements on a touchscreen device. Previously roofers themselves, this team knows that they can provide great technology that is exactly what the roofing industry needs.
Built for use in residential roofing, commercial roofing or specialty roofing— RoofSnap has a wide customer base; even adjusters have found this app to simplify their workload.
RoofSnap’s primary uses are to create roof measurements from an aerial view, place material orders once needs are defined and simply the estimation process.
RoofSnap works well for your entire team to stay connected. The app syncs project status in real time and helps eliminate the potential for costly mistakes.
RoofSnap offers two types of pricing plans, both based on a per-user pricing. You can pay month to month for a flat $99/user cost. They have multiple options for annual contracts that allow you to save substantially off the month to month cost. You can try the app for free during a 14-day trial.
Roofing Calculator PRO
The Roofing Calculator Pro app is one of the most simple and valuable tools available for contractors. It’s simple and straightforward, the app calculates steep slope roofs in seconds.
Contractors who are using Roofing Calculator Pro are able to customize the roofing calculator with pre-set labor, installation prices or material costs as well as other options. Then when out at a job site the contractor can easily open the app on any mobile device— enter specific numbers as requested by the app— and after clicking ‘calculate’ immediately access a detailed report to utilize or even send to a client.
The app is basic but the results of using it are not minimal and recent updates seem to make it even more user-friendly.
Application price is $19.99.
EagleView pioneered aerial photos for measuring roofs. Today, EagleView is the de facto app in the space and is synonymous with aerial photography.
In 2013 EagleView merged with another tech construction company, Pictometry International.
Pictometry International boasts some of the most advanced digital imaging technology in the industry. They provide tools that make it possible to analyze job site pictures accurately and take action based on your findings.
Together they are able to offer more than accurate measurements. Their product lines include mobile apps for quick access, highly detailed reports on roof specifications, and “EagleView Construct”, a cloud-based estimator that takes the measurements and calculates the materials needed.
EagleView tiers their pricing based on the number of reports you create.
Cost Estimating and Project Management Apps
These roofing apps offer project management features such as to-dos, checklists, custom workflows and documentation.
iRoofing has created a unique software that utilizes Google Earth. The app immediately calculates the surface area of the roof. The app also ties in the largest roofing catalogs and automatically pulls pricing data for your area.
This allows you to create an accurate estimate in moments.
Another great feature with iRoofing is a simulator that allows you to create a virtual representation of the roof you will be working on. You can select what type of shingles/materials and overlay the design on the image. This allows you to show what the house will look like after completion to the client, providing an invaluable tool in closing a sale.
The app rounds out its feature list with the ability to create and sign contracts and a customer database for managing client information.
iRoofing costs $129 a month, but there annual plan offers one month for free.
DataForma is a premium roofing and contractor customer and project management software. The largest benefit DataForma brings is the ability to keep all the job information tied together in one place.
You can create work orders on the fly and assign them to technicians based on their open schedules. The field workers are notified through their mobile app. Any notes and photos taken are kept with the created project, preventing redundant data entry and mitigating the chance for mistakes.
Having 24⁄7 access to work history, project contracts, invoices, purchase orders, open bids, and proposals makes your team more productive.
Dataforma rounds out their software with a number of other features, such as custom checklists, reports, and record keeping.
Dataforma does not release their pricing information. To obtain pricing simply visit their website and request a free quote.
AccuLynx is a project management software designed for contractors— with the focus to increase the bottom line for their clients. In order for a company to increase profits, they need to have a better way to connect everyone and a better way to organize every project. AccuLynx connects each person within a company by making job details, documentation and communication easy to find.
Everyone on your team can access AccuLynx from any mobile device; Through AccuLynx you can instantly see project details, make real-time material orders, see schedules and even monitor company funds or manage estimates.
Several integrations make AccuLynx even more valuable with direct ordering, templates for consistency, and even invoicing or payments through QuickBooks.
AccuLynx is available for between $59 – $99 a month. For more information, visit their website found below.
Contractor’s Cloud is a web-based CRM made specifically for any contractor who has a dedicated sales staff— no matter what the industry.
The software is able to track all aspects of the customer relationship, from the first contact to close. Since it’s creation, Contractor’s Cloud has taken customer feedback to heart and have built out an incredibly rich feature set.
The application can appoint scheduling, conduct estimating, take care of accounting, order materials, and document job progress.
With much of their innovation coming from customer feedback, the team at Contractor’s Cloud is extremely confident in the usefulness and relevance of this software. In addition, the team at Contractor’s Cloud actively seeks integrations for their software, providing a customizable solution for their users.
Because their software is customizable to their user needs, the pricing varies. The two main factors in pricing are the number of users and which features you want to be included, and ranges from $40-$80.
Job Nimbus is both a customer relationship and project management software. The entire system is mobile friendly and cloud-based giving you— and your entire company— access to every important detail that is needed to grow your business.
Like other project managers, Job Nimbus gives you the ability to define your workflow. What’s nice is that the app overlays your client communication and even allows you to make calls without exiting. You can store contacts, photos, and documents.
Job Nimbus has a super simple pricing structure. The company charges a flat $25 per user per month to use its software. You can visit their app pages below.
Roofing Photo Documentation
Photo documentation has become a critical task for successful roofing operations. Accurate photos give an organization the ability to make exact estimations, document change orders, close jobs by providing clear visuals for what the finished product will look like and allow you to defend yourself if customers claim your team is responsible for the preexisting damage.
CompanyCam centers their feature set on photos. Utilizing GPS, the app automatically organizes every photo taken by job site. Photos can be annotated by drawing directly on them or posting a note. All of this information is made instantly available to everyone in your team, allowing you to make real-time decisions.
You can search for photos by location, date, person or tags. You can then share selected photos in seconds through simple links instead of attaching tens or hundreds of photos.
But the real power of the app is displayed when you bring on other technicians. Because the app does the organizing automatically, every technician saves time. There is no question as to where to store something and managers have instant vision into every job site.
CompanyCam has a straightforward pricing structure. For every user that needs to take photos, it is $12/month.