If taking measurements of roofs for material procurement and estimates eats up too much of your time, you should pay special attention to the following post. Today we are going to be counting down the best roof measuring tools for roofing contractors.
Most tools on our list are already popular among roofing contractors and insurance companies around the country. These high-tech tools and services can save you a lot of time and focus on more critical projects.
Modern roof measuring tools you are about to see on our list run the gamut from apps to paid services. Roofers can integrate some of these tools into existing project management software.
We love the ability to get quick estimations which, is why RoofGraf makes the top of our list of the best roof measuring tools of 2021. With RoofGraf you have to do a bit of work. It allows you to trace the general outline of the roof. While this may seem like an added chore for some people, the distinct advantage of this feature is that it allows for almost instant access to accurate estimates.
Once the estimate is in, you will be able to see high-resolution shots of the roof as well as in-depth measurements. There are four different packages which, fit the need of established corporations and small roofing outfits alike. The monthly fees can range from $80 to $200 per month, depending on the package you choose. However, the cool thing is that they offer a free trial for each of their four packages. Here are some of the benefits of RoofGraf:
- You can print out roofing reports
- It has a job status-tracking feature
- Helps calculate material costs, labor costs, and potential project profit
Stack is a great roof measuring tool if you plan to use yours primarily for measuring and estimations – even better if you do a high volume of estimates per year. The software uses digital imaging of the roof and data from Google Earth to generate accurate measurements and dimensions of any roof.
The best thing about Stack is that it’s quick. You won’t have to wait around for hours for you to get your measurements. In addition, Stack can quickly find the area of pitched and flat roofs, so it’s also a good option for anyone who does commercial and residential roofing.
The basic paid package is $1,000 per year which, works out to around $83 per month. There is also a premium package that is $1,800 per year. Some of the advantages of Stack include:
- The ability to apply specific roofing materials like EPDM, shingles, or metal to the roof area for estimations
- The ability to find out the location of a pitched or flat roof very quickly
- 7-day free access trial of the software
EagleView is a “per use” service that provides aerial imaging of any roof. Best of all, there is no monthly subscription, and all estimations and measurements go through an app or on the EagleView website. EagleView services are also available on some of the premium project management software suites.
One of the best things about this service is the 3D roof imaging and in-depth measurements. With EagleView, you get an easy-to-read 3D diagram of the roof that includes length, area, and pitch measurements. You will be able to see every valley, hip, ridge, and even flashing with the high-quality roof images you get from EagleView.
There are many useful periphery tools, like seven roofing report types and a waste calculator tool. The only downside is that you may have to wait a couple of days for some of the more in-depth reports. Still, the upside is:
- Incredible detailed and accurate roof diagrams
- Pay-per-use structuring
- It’s excellent for roofers who may have lulls between estimations
4) Aerial Estimation
Aerial Estimation is similar to our last entry in the way it takes measurements and handles payments. With Aerial Estimation, you will get an HD image of the roof in question and measurements for length, primary pitch, area, and others. Also, they base the app’s pricing on a per-use payment structure. The price per report can range from $16 to $45, depending on the type of report.
What separates Aerial Estimation from EagleView and other similar roof measuring tools is that it’s faster. Their estimations have a turnaround rate of one business day. You can also pay $15 extra and get your estimate in about 2 hours. Some of the other perks include:
- Waste calculation table tool
- Aerial roof outline images
- Generally cheaper report prices
SkyMeasure makes our list because you can integrate it into the project management software you may already be using. For instance, it is compatible with Job Progress. It also provides aerial views and measurements of any roof type.
You can get each report through their website or their app. While the measurement options aren’t as robust as some of the other options on our list, they offer wall reports, site mapping, and reports for residential and commercial roofs. Other benefits include:
- Great customer service
- Relatively fast turnaround
- Per-use pricing structure
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