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Last updated: October 17, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Plumbing Estimating Software Systems

 
Maxwell Systems Estimation Estimation offers an estimating package designed specifically for commercial plumbing and process piping contractors. Integrates material pricing and MCAA or PHCC labor rates. It can be expanded to include accounting as well.
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Maxwell Systems ProContractorMX Maxwell Systems ProContractorMX is an estimating solution suitable for nearly any size plumbing business. This on-premise system includes a proposal generator and “what-if” analysis, job costing and materials management.
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Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) 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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Jonas Premier Jonas Premier is a web-based estimating solution that is ideal for construction professionals across all industries, from roofing to plumbing. This system offers project management, job costing and accounting functionality.
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PlanSwift 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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WenDuct and WenPipe 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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FastPIPE & FastDUCT 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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COBRA Contractor's Business Software Designed for specialty contractors, Cobra estimating software is a good fit for professionals in industries such as plumbing and HVAC. This system offers an updated cost database and is available for on-premise deployment.
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IFS ERP Construction IFS offers a construction management suite that combines accounting, estimating, project management, and service management. It's designed for large commercial contractors and engineering, procurement, and contracting companies.
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McCormick Estimating Software 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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Buyer's Guide

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. 

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 software 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.

Related Plumbing Software Features

Leading vendors will integrate their estimating software with additional features to make for a full plumbing software 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 software.
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.

 



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