Roofing Company Owners – What to Look for when Choosing Estimating Software
Last week we took a look at the benefits for roofing contractors of using a software programme when estimating the cost of projects for clients. Accuracy is one of the most vital considerations for small to medium contractors here in the UK in a competitive market facing an uncertain future due to the approach of Brexit. An estimation that’s too high may result in a prospective client choosing a cheaper competitor, whilst an estimation that’s too low brings with it the risk of a low profit margin on a project, which may have a negative effect on your business cash flow. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the features to be on the lookout for when choosing the best estimating software for your roofing company.
Most of the software products on today’s market are priced on a yearly licence basis and offer a range of features so choosing may be difficult. Some will offer a month’s free trial which gives you the opportunity to try before you commit to buy – always a great way of testing whether this is the right choice for your business.
One of the most important issues to consider is whether or not the software programme you choose integrates seamlessly with your other construction and office software, easily transferring data across applications. For instance, workforce scheduling software can share details about resource availability with construction estimating software to set up schedules. You may already have some software apps to manage your workflow, so it’s vital to make sure that your roofing estimating software supports integration with your existing apps to avoid having to enter the same data into different apps. This will save your roofing business both time and money in the long term.
User friendliness is another critical consideration as the estimating software will be used by other stakeholders with a varying range of tech abilities. This means that the estimating software you choose should be intuitive and simple to use and easy to understand. Look for a software solution that is logical to use, featuring a proper training feature that will help users to learn commands, interpret drawings and generate estimates and take-off.
With mobile devices being the most popular method of accessing information nowadays, making sure your software works smoothly across all devices is a fundamental requirement for roofing contractors. According to independent research, a massive 83% of those surveyed working in the construction industry revealed that mobile capability is vital for business. Mobile devices connect office and field staff in real time, managing, reporting and updating field date in real time.
Here at D-marc, we’re committed to making roofing work safer with a range of access solutions, including demarcation barrier systems and rooftop walkways. We’d be interested to know whether any of our readers are already using estimating software and what their experiences are. You can join in the conversation on this matter by commenting on our Facebook Page or on Twitter.