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PlanSwift logo
 
PlanSwift offers unique features to support the plumbing trade. For example, plumbers can use it to count fittings, determine length of CPVC pipes and measure other material quantities. A popular tool used by 12,000 professionals.
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PlanSwift offers unique features to support the plumbing trade. For example, plumbers can use it to count fittings, determine length of CPVC pipes and measure other material quantities. A popular tool used by 12,000 professionals.
 
Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) logo
 
Formerly known as Master Builder, Sage 100 Contractor is an on-premise solution designed to fit the needs of small businesses in the plumbing industry - particularly those who have outgrown generic accounting software.
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Formerly known as Master Builder, Sage 100 Contractor is an on-premise solution designed to fit the needs of small businesses in the plumbing industry - particularly those who have outgrown generic accounting software.
 
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On-Screen Takeoff from OnCenter is designed to help contractors with their estimating projects in fields such as plumbing and engineering. This system supports time and materials billing, plumbing assemblies and more.
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On-Screen Takeoff from OnCenter is designed to help contractors with their estimating projects in fields such as plumbing and engineering. This system supports time and materials billing, plumbing assemblies and more.
 
ProContractor™ by Viewpoint logo
 
ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More
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ProContractor is a comprehensive estimating, accounting, and project management solution designed to help small and mid-sized contractors manage critical financial operations. Deployed either on-premises or in the cloud, the solution... Read More

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QuoteSoft Duct & QuoteSoft Pipe logo
 
QuoteSoft Piping is designed specifically for plumbing and mechanical contractors. For example, it offers a labor database that uses MCCA/PHCC labor information. It's a popular plumbing estimation system with 1,200 customers.
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QuoteSoft Piping is designed specifically for plumbing and mechanical contractors. For example, it offers a labor database that uses MCCA/PHCC labor information. It's a popular plumbing estimation system with 1,200 customers.
 
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FastPIPE is a specialized system designed to automate much of the plumbing estimating process. FastPIPE includes built-in pipe assemblies, a plumbing item database, and parts pricing to help create estimates more efficiently.
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FastPIPE is a specialized system designed to automate much of the plumbing estimating process. FastPIPE includes built-in pipe assemblies, a plumbing item database, and parts pricing to help create estimates more efficiently.
 
McCormick Estimating Software logo
 
McCormick leverages its deep roots in electrical estimating software to bring its plumbing estimating program to market. The system offers comprehensive templates for residential, commercial, and industrial contractors.
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McCormick leverages its deep roots in electrical estimating software to bring its plumbing estimating program to market. The system offers comprehensive templates for residential, commercial, and industrial contractors.
 
Vista™ by Viewpoint logo
 
Vista is an integrated, collaborative suite of finance, operations and project management applications for contractors and capital project owners. It is designed to help synchronize the diverse aspects of a construction business to... Read More
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Vista is an integrated, collaborative suite of finance, operations and project management applications for contractors and capital project owners. It is designed to help synchronize the diverse aspects of a construction business to... Read More
 
WenDuct and WenPipe logo
 
WenPipe by Wendes has been a long-time leader in plumbing estimating software. It is typically used by commercial contractors doing over $5 million in construction volume. Offers updated, localized pricing for materials and labor.
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WenPipe by Wendes has been a long-time leader in plumbing estimating software. It is typically used by commercial contractors doing over $5 million in construction volume. Offers updated, localized pricing for materials and labor.

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Established in 1984, Explorer Software provides Construction accounting and project management solutions to many different contractors around the world. The system is completely browser-based, allowing it to be accessed from any type... Read More
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Established in 1984, Explorer Software provides Construction accounting and project management solutions to many different contractors around the world. The system is completely browser-based, allowing it to be accessed from any type... Read More
 
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More
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Maestro is the flagship product of Maestro Technologies, a Canadian-based software company that has been in the construction software industry for the last 20 years. Their solution has helped over 2,000 customers manage construction... Read More
 
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Ventus, by Vertical Market Software, incorporates over three generations of construction industry knowledge into the software. The software serves a wide range of companies working in the construction market - HVAC and mechanical contractors,... Read More
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Ventus, by Vertical Market Software, incorporates over three generations of construction industry knowledge into the software. The software serves a wide range of companies working in the construction market - HVAC and mechanical contractors,... Read More
 
Trimble AutoBid SheetMetal logo
 
For Sheet Metal and HVAC/Ductwork contractors that do any combination of commercial, industrial and institutional work, Trimble® AutoBid® SheetMetal is designed specifically for the unique needs of the industry, providing estimates... Read More
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For Sheet Metal and HVAC/Ductwork contractors that do any combination of commercial, industrial and institutional work, Trimble® AutoBid® SheetMetal is designed specifically for the unique needs of the industry, providing estimates... Read More
 
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More
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PM Vitals is a project management solution for the construction industry. It is suitable for midsize to large companies and offers both cloud-based and on-premise deployments. PM Vitals offers a number of interchangeable modules to... Read More

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Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating... Read More
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Viewpoint MEP Estimating (formerly known as Maxwell Estimation) specializes in generating estimates and takeoffs for residential and commercial HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical firms.  It includes trade-specific estimating... Read More
 
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Kosmas by DocuWrx is a cloud-based construction management solution that connects the office to the field utilizing mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and virtually any other Internet-connected device. Customizable with over 80 modules,... Read More
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Kosmas by DocuWrx is a cloud-based construction management solution that connects the office to the field utilizing mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and virtually any other Internet-connected device. Customizable with over 80 modules,... Read More
 
Trimble Accubid Enterprise Mechanical logo
 
Due to its focus on mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors, we often recommend Accubid to commercial plumbing companies looking for a fast, accurate, and easy-to-use estimating program built specifically for their trade.
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Due to its focus on mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors, we often recommend Accubid to commercial plumbing companies looking for a fast, accurate, and easy-to-use estimating program built specifically for their trade.
 
Trimble AutoBid Mechanical logo
 
Designed for contractors specializing in commercial work, Trimble AutoBid Mechanical software targets construction professionals in the plumbing industry. This system offers customized takeoff tools and Excel integration.
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Designed for contractors specializing in commercial work, Trimble AutoBid Mechanical software targets construction professionals in the plumbing industry. This system offers customized takeoff tools and Excel integration.
 
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Visual Planning is an expansive, comprehensive, and efficient system that offers a complete solution for a business’s Project Management needs. It combines the tools users need to allocate resources, manage individual projects, budgets,... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 13, 2017


General estimating systems are designed for contractors that develop high-level estimates across multiple divisions. However, when a more detailed drill-down of the plumbing work is required, a system that is designed specifically for plumbers will be a better fit.

While evaluating applications in this market, you should consider deployment model, as pricing can vary based on the type. The two primary categories include cloud-based software, also called Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The second type is on-premise deployment, which usually requires purchasing a perpetual license upfront.

There are about a dozen top-rated vendors that serve this market. In this guide, we will have break down the high-level "key requirements" for applications in this market. Also, we identified related plumbing applications that this software typically integrates with. 

Here’s what we’ll go over:

What is Plumbing Estimating Software?
Common Features of Plumbing Estimating Software
Related Plumbing Software Features
Plumbing Estimating Software Pricing
Plumbing Estimating Software Deployment
Other Considerations

What is Plumbing Estimating Software?

Plumbing estimating software is used by plumbers, general contractors and other professionals who fix, renovate or maintain residential, commercial and industrial plumbing systems.

What is unique about plumbing estimating software is that it has several features that are not found in other general estimating software platforms. For this reason, plumbing estimating software is much better suited for plumbers to use over other estimating applications.

Many buyers we speak to currently draw up their estimates with pen and paper, or with crude homebuilt spreadsheets. While these methods can work well if you or your business is only juggling a few projects at a time, it can become very unmanageable as your business grows and as you take on more projects. Buyers we speak to find that this software greatly assists with streamlining project plans, saves time and more importantly produces more accurate bids.

Common Features of Plumbing Estimating Software

Plumbing item database Plumbers need fast access to every pipe, fitting, valve, flange, mount and more. A plumbing estimating program will have a vast database that includes the approximately 150,000 items a plumber would need to access.
Plumbing assemblies Each bathroom you install uses most of the same items. The same with each shower, each sink etc. “Assemblies” are the groupings of items you’ll need for each job. Naturally these can be customized as standard or for each individual job, but by standardizing this information, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every single time you put in a bid.
Plumbing-specific Pricing Integration It’s important to submit a professional-looking bid. A good plumbing estimating system will export your bid information to a customizable template that includes your company information and logo, helping you reinforce your company’s brand through your bid.
3D modeling Some software platforms allow the user to draw up pipe plans in 3D, giving you a realistic representation of what the finished work ought to look like.

Related Plumbing Software Features

Leading vendors will integrate their estimating software with additional features to make for a full plumbing suite. Applications commonly associated with the top plumbing software include:

Time and materials billing Plumbers bill based on the time spent on the job, as well as the materials used, so keeping accurate accounts of both is critical for effective estimating and billing. Therefore, consider this feature carefully when selecting your plumbing solution.
Project management If your company has more than a few subcontractors, you’ll want to manage project schedules and track job documents. For this, project management capabilities can save a considerable amount of time and energy, ensuring efficient scheduling and maximizing your use of labor resources.

Plumbing Estimating Software Pricing

Plumbing estimating software is usually priced one of two ways: subscription pricing and perpetual license pricing.

When you purchase software with a perpetual license, you own the software outright and indefinitely. You typically pay one large fee up front, and in some cases will pay annual fees for support, maintenance and/or upgrades.

With subscription pricing, you usually pay a monthly fee that is often set by the features you wish to have access to, or by the volume of your business that you conduct. With subscription pricing you typically don’t pay additional fees for support, maintenance or upgrades.

Some software vendors will offer free or trial versions of their software that have limited functionality, but can still give you an idea of how they work.

Plumbing Estimating Software Deployment

Estimating software for plumbers is usually deployed one of two ways. Traditionally, the software was installed directly on the user’s computer (and was paid for as a perpetual license). This is called “on-premise” software. Most modern software, however, is deployed in the cloud, or is “cloud-based.” This means that the software is accessible through a web browser on any internet connected computer or smart device.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. With cloud-based software, you can do your estimating on the go, but you might run into issues if you’re at a work site that doesn’t have WiFi or adequate cell reception. With on-premise software, you might be more limited when it comes to drawing up estimates on-the-go, depending on if the on-premise software pairs with any sort of mobile application.

Other Considerations

When evaluating plumbing estimating software, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Does this software specifically address my needs for the type of plumbing work I do (e.g., residential, commercial or industrial)?
  • Do the vendors I’m looking at have customers that are similar to me?
  • What will be the lifetime cost of this software?

Be sure to demo several different programs from different vendors so that you can get the clearest idea of which is easiest to use and has the features you need most. Ask the vendors for customer references and be sure to read reviews for each software program you’re looking at.

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