Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps flooring contractors choose the right flooring estimating software so they can reduce turnaround time and create more accurate estimates.

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Buildertrend

Buildertrend is a construction management system for home builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, and general contractors. This solution combines project scheduling, project management, financial management, customer management... Read more

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Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution designed for businesses in the home remodeling and design industries. Houzz Pro is able to streamline processes for businesses of all size by centralizing all business needs into... Read more

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Esticom

Esticom is a cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating platform that helps contractors manage construction projects with real-time access to labor, pricing, plans and material database. Primarily catering to trades such as electrical,... Read more

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STACK Takeoff & Estimating

STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the software.... Read more

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PlanSwift

PlanSwift is an on-screen digitizing and takeoff system that is suitable for both commercial and residential GCs and subcontractors in a number of industries, such as electrical, heavy/highway, plumbing, and custom and production home... Read more

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Contractor Foreman

Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact management... Read more

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RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot level... Read more

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UDA ConstructionOnline

UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling industries,... Read more

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Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney)

Spectrum Construction Software is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management, human... Read more

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Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating)

Sage Estimating is an on-premise based construction estimating software designed specifically to serve contractors and sub-contractors in construction and real estate industries of all sizes. The solution provides interactive tools... Read more

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ProEst Estimating

ProEst is a cloud-based construction estimating solution that offers automated features for construction companies of all sizes. ProEst enables construction teams to monitor and manage centralized estimates, takeoffs, reports and... Read more

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Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder)

Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on small to midsize construction companies, whether they are a general contractor, service or specialty contractor or a home builder. Suitable for companies that... Read more

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ComputerEase

Deltek, together with ComputerEase, provides cutting edge, integrated construction accounting and project management software. This innovative, user-friendly product not only improves the way contractors run their business, but it... Read more

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FOUNDATION Construction Accounting

FOUNDATION is a job cost accounting, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software or on the cloud. Plus, fully integrated apps like FOUNDATION mobile and Service Dispatch mobile sync remotely... Read more

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Acumatica ERP

Acumatica ERP delivers a cloud and mobile technology platform designed for mid-sized customers with a complete, real time view across the business anytime, anywhere and on any device with a browser. From on-line accounting to full... Read more

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Jonas Enterprise

Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read more

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Explorer Eclipse

Eclipse by Explorer is a cloud-based construction accounting and project management solution designed for contractor businesses. It caters to medium to large construction companies belonging to different construction businesses, such... Read more

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Plexxis Mosaic

Plexxis offers comprehensive solutions created specifically for the most demanding specialty sub-contractors. With on premise, subscription, cloud-based and mobile options, Plexxis delivers office and field efficiencies for accounting,... Read more

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The EDGE Estimator

The EDGE Estimator™ is a professional-grade all-in-one solution designed for commercial subcontractors who specialize in roofing, interior walls and ceilings, exterior finishes, and fireproofing. With two options for sharing data,... Read more

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Vista

Vista is an integrated suite of finance, operations and project management applications for contractors and capital project owners that can be deployed on-premises or hosted in the cloud. Users can manage workflow and reporting that... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 11, 2020

Fifty percent of specialty contractors are looking to automate takeoff and estimating functions, according to data collected for our 2018 construction software buyer report.

These firms are investing in software because it's taking too long to put together bid proposals and they're losing jobs to their faster competition.

Depending on the job, it can take anywhere from four hours to three days to put together a bid using manual methods. But when using takeoff and estimating software, a bid can be put together in a fraction of that time—often an hour or less.

It's clear why so many speciality contractors are looking to automate these functions. However, most speciality contractors will want a solution geared toward their specific trade, e.g., electrical or HVAC, rather than general purpose.

In this guide, we cover the needs of flooring contractors and outline what they should look for—and look out for—as they compare flooring estimating software.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Flooring Estimating Software?
Common Features of Flooring Estimating Software
Benefits of Flooring Estimating Software
Pricing and Purchasing Options

What Is Flooring Estimating Software?

Flooring estimating software helps contractors calculate the cost of materials and labor required for a job and then create a detailed bid proposal.

The amount, or quantity, of materials and labor comes from takeoff, which is why these applications are commonly bundled together or closely integrated.

Viewing a floorplan in PlanSwift software

Viewing a floor plan in PlanSwift

General estimating software can be used for flooring estimates, but most flooring contractors will want tools designed for their trade. This will save time because the software is already customized to their workflows and needs.

For example, trade-specific software will allow flooring contractors to account for doors, stairs and baseboards; define add-ons such as carpet pads, nail strips or adhesive; and create custom tile patterns.

The system then uses that information to create layout grids and add seams on carpet rolls or place cuts on hardwood flooring. Contractors can even rotate the grid to get a better view and ensure coverage if an area is curved or irregular. These capabilities help to minimize waste.

Additionally, using software to perform takeoff and estimating means that plans, material and labor counts, as well as corresponding costs, are centralized. If plans evolve or changes are requested during negotiations, flooring contractors can easily revise and recalculate costs on the spot, then give an accurate update to owners, thus improving communication between all parties.

Mobile estimating capabilities in FloorWizard software, by FloorSoft

Mobile estimating in FloorWizard (Source)

Common Features of Flooring Estimating Software

Look for some or all of the following capabilities as you evaluate flooring estimating solutions:

Calculate cost estimate Calculate total cost of the job and view itemized costs for material and labor. Include fees for takes, overhead and markup for profit (adjust markup to offer discounts, account for change orders etc. to ensure quote is both competitive and profitable).
Generate proposal Create professional looking bid proposals. Quote with detailed data about job costs. Customize with your company logo and branding.
Trade-specific cost and material database Access trade-specific databases of common materials and associated labor costs to auto-fill pricing for hardwood, carpet, tile etc. Access specialty material assemblies from the manufacturer.
Assembly library Choose from prebuilt assemblies for standard jobs, or customize and save assemblies in a library for future projects.
Integration with takeoff Automates labor and material costs based on calculations imported from takeoff. Import digital plans or use digitizer tools to draw the floor plan, select area for material and calculate labor.

Benefits of Flooring Estimating Software

As mentioned throughout, there are many advantages to using flooring estimating software to create bid proposals. However, here is a recap of the most significant benefits:

  • Improve efficiency. Decrease the time required to produce a bid and increase the accuracy of the estimate. Automated estimating software helps flooring contractors avoid under or over bidding on a job.
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  • Minimize waste. Control cut and seam placement, which allows for the most efficient use of materials per square footage, especially for irregular floor plans. Contractors can save material assemblies which can be used to quote similar jobs in the future.
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  • Control profit margin. Automatic calculations for unit pricing and markups on labor and materials show you how job costs will impact your bottom line. This allows flooring contractors to confidently create change orders, offer discounts and account for material cost increases, all while ensuring they still come out making a profit.
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  • Reduce rework. More accurate takeoff and estimates reduces the likelihood of rework. The total cost of rework is significant, with direct and indirect costs accounting for nearly 10 percent of total project costs. So it's in the best interest of contractors to take advantage of technology that can help mitigate the impact of rework on a job.

Pricing and Purchasing Options

The cost of estimating software can vary drastically, especially between subscription and perpetual licenses. Although, research has shown that the total cost of ownership does eventually converge between the two.

Total Cost of Ownership: On-premise vs. Cloud-based Systems

Total Cost of Ownership chart: On-premise vs. Cloud-based Systems

As we see in our 2018 construction software buyer report, 24 percent of specialty contractors are looking to purchase software for a single user, and 53 percent for two to five users.

Of those looking for cloud-based, subscription license software, the greatest percentage are budgeting $150 per user per month. This means that for two to five users, they're planning an annual spend ranging from $3,600 to $9,000 (not including costs associated with setup, maintenance, support etc.).

Of those looking for on-premise, perpetual license software, the greatest percentage combined are budgeting $5,000 or more per user license. This means that for two to five users, their upfront costs would range from $10,000 to $25,000.