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Advantages of On-screen Takeoffs

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February 12, 2019 at 9:43 a.m.


Making an accurate takeoff can be difficult and time consuming when working on a large project.

Time spent on performing takeoffs wastes valuable resources, especially given that the competition for jobs can be fierce. Using our on-screen takeoff method, you can complete takeoffs in a fraction of the time and ensure greater accuracy.

In short, STACK’s on-screen takeoff software will help you optimize your business. You can use our technology to:

Accurately estimate materials, Equipment, and labor

Bid more work in less time

Leverage accuracy and time saved to grow your business


What is an On-Screen Takeoff?

You may be familiar with the term “on-screen takeoff” or “on screen takeoff” and wondered what it entails. A takeoff is simply the product of taking measurements and determining the number of materials you need to complete a given phase of a construction job. Takeoffs can be done either at your job site or in the office with blueprints and/or plans. An on-screen takeoff is when you do your takeoff using digital plans, your computer, and takeoff software.

Advantages of On-Screen Takeoffs Over Manual Takeoffs

There are a several key advantages when performing an on-screen takeoff over manual methods.  First of all, if you have been doing your measurements on location, with on-screen takeoffs, you will now be able to perform takeoffs from the comfort of your home or office. You will no longer have to brave the heat, cold, rain, snow and mud!

The second notable advantage is an incredible amount of time savings. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you will be able to quickly determine the quantities of materials that you need to carry out any project, allowing you to submit your bids fast.

On average, you can expect on-screen takeoffs to take 50-75% less time over manual methods. These time savings can be quite significant, especially on big projects. Takeoffs that may have taken eight hours with other methods can now be completed with our technology in just two to four hours. Just think about what you can accomplish with all this extra time on your hands!

Increased accuracy is another key benefit of on-screen takeoffs. You will no longer need to worry about manual takeoff errors – including misreading measurements, double counting, hitting the wrong calculator button, and other simple mistakes that can cause problems down the road. Using on-screen takeoffsoftware ensures that your calculated material quantities will be spot-on, saving you money on extra materials that you may have ordered otherwise.

Finally, purchasing on-screen takeoff software will save you money in the long run. Printing blueprints is expensive, and it is no longer necessary if you are completing takeoffs digitally. Additionally, since you will be saving time, you will be able to bid on more jobs and win more jobs, helping your business bring in more revenue.

Providers of On-Screen Takeoff Software

There are many on-screen takeoff software vendors to choose from including STACK Construction Technologies. Below are some questions to consider when evaluating which provider is right for you:

  1. Does the provider offer a free version of their software or just a free trial?

A free version of the software is a great option because you’ll be able to evaluate the software for as long as you want – not just for the 7-day or 14-day trial period. STACK does offer this free software option.

  1. Is the software cloud-based or desktop-based?

Cloud-based on-screen takeoff software is accessible from any computer, tablet, or phone with internet access. In contrast, desktop-based software is only available on the computer on which it is installed. Desktop-based software also requires you to install it yourself and install any new updates as they are rolled out. Cloud-based software requires no installation and is updated by the software provider automatically as new features become available.

  1. Is the software PC and Mac compatible?  

This is important to know especially if you use Mac/Apple products.

  1. Does your software purchase include training and support?  

Some companies include free training and ongoing support where others charge for training and a support plan. These extra costs can be significant so be sure to factor those costs into your evaluation

  1. Is support readily available when needed?

If you run into an issue or have a question, you will want to get your concerns resolved fast – especially if you are working on a bid that is due soon!  Make sure the software vendor is quick to answer their email, phone and chat support channels. Check and make sure that they offer a variety of ways to get in touch with them.

  1. Is the software easy to use?

Most on-screen takeoff software comes with several additional features. The problem can be that the additional features sometimes worsen user experience. Look for the right mix of features that you need with an easy-to-use interface.

  1. Does the company provide user testimonials in your specific trade?

Do your due diligence and make sure that the software you are considering is recommended by companies similar to yours. If you are a roofer, for example, make sure you see some recommendations from other roofers, not just from plumbers or drywallers.

Another important benefit to using blueprint takeoff software is increased accuracy. When measuring by hand, there are many ways to make mistakes in your calculations. For example, you may accidentally use the wrong scale, mis-read your ruler, have your ruler positioned incorrectly, type the wrong number in the calculator, double-count, or miscount. These are all human errors that may be avoided or eliminated entirely when using software. This ensures that  your takeoff is as accurate as possible!

Make the Switch From Manual Takeoffs to On-Screen Takeoffs

At STACK, we are proud to offer on-screen takeoff software that is user-friendly, cloud-based, widely compatible with various devices, and includes a free software option. We also make sure to provide quick responses to support questions from users.

Use our software to produce accurate takeoffs within a fraction of the time spent on manual takeoffs. Then use your increased capacity to grow your business!

Learn more about STACK.

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