STACK Takeoff & Estimating Software


STACK Estimating from STACK Construction Technologies is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes in most trades.

With STACK Estimating, users are able to produce bids with user-defined pricing, allowing them to calculate costs more accurately. Users are able to execute their own takeoffs within the program, or they can request the STACK team to do the work for them with a single click via the STACK To-Go tool.

The reporting module organizes data by location, division, or trade while a coverage rate calculator helps determine the quantity and type of materials required for a project.

STACK Estimating also provides pre-built catalogs for some trades that include in-depth lists of equipment, labor, and materials users need based on customizable historical experience.

STACK Estimating is accessible on Macs, PCs, and mobile devices so users can bid for work from anywhere.

Plans tab
Plans tab

Plans tab

Takeoff tab

Takeoff tab

Markup

Markup

Assemblies

Assemblies

Takeoff summary report

Takeoff summary report

Item cost report

Item cost report

Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8



751 Reviews of STACK Takeoff & Estimating

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Tyler from AQUASURTECH - OEM LIMITED

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

November 2018

Construction software

Pros

Contractors can bid and estimate jobs with easy.

Cons

The download time of some of our plans took way to long.

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Brooke from Centric

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Take-Off is a Breeze!

Great software, affordable, user friendly and all around asset for our team!

Pros

Stack makes quantity take-off a snap with incredibly easy and thorough software. Files are easily loaded, sorted and named, saving massive amounts of prep time. Take off is incredibly user friendly and includes sorting and reporting functions to manipulate your data.

Cons

Single biggest change we would prefer to see, would be the capability to highlight a specific take-off and be returned to the specific sheet/sheets containing take-off.

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Rafael from Avance Caulking, Inc

Industry / Trade:  Finishing contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Loving our STACK

We are a small company, so our budget for estimating software needed the biggest bang for the buck. We are very happy with STACK and have never doubted our decision to go with them.

Pros

Ease of use; accessible and strong support team, and it comes with that great price. We are very happy we went with STACK. We highly recommend it!

Cons

The only issue we have had is when (and this is not usually an issue) our internet is down. If we end up using one of our devices as a hot spot, we get intermittent service. But to be expected under those conditions.

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Alek from Prime Contracting Group

Industry / Trade:  Mechanical/HVAC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Stack is easy to use and helps me quickly get quantities for pojects.

I like stack and it's compatibility with Smartbid.

Pros

Ease of creating tools and moving from page to page within the project. It is nice being able to see the individual lines divided out from page to page as well.

Cons

Saving tools so that you can used them from job to job would be nice instead o having to rebuild he each time you start a new job.

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Mike from APEC

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Works good. Price is high

Pros

Works and good support
Like the online access from anywhere capabilities.

Cons

Very expensive. $
Other products do offer lower price points and has similar features

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Steve from Ken's Discount Building Materials, Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

October 2018

That dog will hunt

Ha, I like this program, after doing material estimate for so long with a scale ruler and calculator this is a whole lot quicker and easier.

Pros

The support team, I haven't thrown anything their way that they couldn't handle quickly. From not being able to get plans downloaded correctly, to setting up some training in the beginning, to answering question about how to email your estimate from stack they have made it great to work with.

Cons

They still don't have a good quick and easy way to figure hips & valley on a cut up roof. But, I am sure they are working on this to make it better

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Sam from Waukegan Roofing Company Inc.

Industry / Trade:  Roofing & siding

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

October 2018

Use on all take-offs getting even better with the constant upgrades

use every day!

Pros

Ease of use.... no more standing at a print table measuring. easy to delete plan pages not being used

Cons

Setting up systems a little time consuming, Please move the scale set up box to the left a few inches or in center of screen, finding it sets over the page numbers and blocks this..

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Ross from Jan's Enterprises Inc

Industry / Trade:  Finishing contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Functionality

October 2018

Wish i had time

Need more training and need to see the value that training provides.

Pros

fast easy flooring takeoffs, compatible, user friendly, aware of it's continued updates, value, etc.

Cons

Giving it the time required to learn the software and implement it more effectively. Small company wants to grow but add'l user fees make it more difficult.

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Stephen from Green-Up Landscape

Industry / Trade:  Landscaping

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Stack certainly does help alot with landscape takeoffs, and has helped me be more efficient and organized when bidding a project. Thanks

Pros

I like to use the calendar to organize my bid due dates.
I like how all takeoff items can be designed to my liking and use.
I like how I can color the take off sheets.

Cons

The cost seems a little high but I have learned to except it.
I would like to see the renewal rate be less if I promise to stay with Stack.

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Mauricio from AP Land

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Good estimate and cost program

Pros

Easy to use and works all the time, happy with the software so far. Saves time on labor costs for sure

Cons

Smartphone access would be great to have so contractor can have the take offs in hands at all times

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Denise from MCC Concrete Construction inc.

Industry / Trade:  Concrete

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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Value for money

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October 2018

I love Stack

Pros

Its so user friendly and the staff is always available to help and calling in to check in and tell me about new features and products.

Cons

Not much of any cons. I wish I could switch a take off to another take off name instead of having to delete it and redo it.

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David from Forbes & Associates llc

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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Value for money

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October 2018

Best takeoff software

Love it in general easy to use and a great price point

Pros

I like the functionality and having it available across all platforms when your in the field or the hotel

Cons

I dont like when you delete an item it is gone from your previous takeoffs for other projects.........

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tamara from NJ Boom

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

October 2018

Used to be fond of Stack, but not lately

Stack was great in the beginning and it seems when Stack starting making changes or updates things are not working as well. Autoname - pretty much is a mess If I have too much take off it slows up tremendously we constantly have freezing and have to shut down, our internet speed is fine have made requests since we started using this in April and still have not seen the changes

Pros

metals catalog - has majority steel items which is great
ease of entering items
scaling usually works
reports features

Cons

auto-name - not working
program is slow
cannot print our items list as a report
freezing up and having to refresh constantly

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Lindsey from Golden Floor Preparation

Industry / Trade:  Other specialty contractor

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Functionality

October 2018

Overall Great Software

Pros

Stack is user friendly. From the beginning, the customer service is helpful, offering screen share to navigate and train on the functions and uses. The program is very user friendly and works with ease. You can upload any documents you need and perform several takeoffs across an array of several projects. The quantity takeoff function is very easy to use with several options in color, scales, dimension lines, legends, highlighting, call outs, and text boxes.

Cons

Sometimes the program can run a tad slow when trying to upload a large plan set or download the takeoffs to your desktop. Often, this problem resolves its self with a restart and if needed, customer service is happy and willing to help on their end as well.

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Ron from Caliber Development

Industry / Trade:  General contractor

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

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October 2018

Stack Estimating Tool

All in all, the program is very helpful, and is evolving all the time. If you looking for a reasonably priced take off solution this would be it.

Pros

The program is easy to use for doing material take offs, and stripping down a project, it is reasonably priced for what the program does and there is training available for the users that need that little extra help.

Cons

I would say the cons would be, the time it takes to go through and add your item costs, even though adding the item costs are simple, it can be a time consuming process, as well as building custom items. However, building a custom item is not as difficult as building a custom assembly can be.

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Travis from White Castle Roofing

Industry / Trade:  Roofing & siding

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

Ease-of-use

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Great Help

Pros

The "cut" feature in TakeOff is a very helpful tool that helps save a lot of time. Also the report breakdown is useful

Cons

Autoname sometimes doesn't work real well and can sometimes make things even more difficult -- to be fair this might have to do more with the uploaded project plans than with Stack b/c it works great too sometimes.

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Erik from Frattalone Companies

Industry / Trade:  Utility contractor

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

In my fourth year as a product user and it just keeps getting better!

Stack has excellent support and they are continually notifying me of new features that come at NO additional cost to me. I would highly recommend giving Stack a try if you haven't yet.

Pros

I especially like that this is easy to use and modify as needed for each project. I have recently began using the Library feature and it has decreased my take-off time significantly. I use it as my primary bid calendar and can make adjustments to dates and information quickly with little effort.

Cons

Sometimes there are glitch effects that are usually the result of internet connections or speed. Overall there is not one thing that I would have to say negatively about the product itself.

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Diego from Advance Contractor Group

Industry / Trade:  Finishing contractor

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Easy to use

Pros

- Ease of use.
- Awesome customer support.
- Several options to perform your takeoff, such as 2d surfaces, drywall, floors, paint among others.

Cons

- Please add circles to the drawing tool. To draw a circle you have to do like 500 clicks. The same issue happens with the cutting tool, please add the circle function too!

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Sean from All Star Construction

Industry / Trade:  Residential remodeling

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Remodeling Company

Great product, great support!

Pros

The actual use of this product is a breeze. You can upload a design, click and build your takeoff with ease, and create an estimate.

Cons

Detailing each assembly to fit the wide range of scenarios in a remodeling company has proven to be time consuming. The Stack engineers have been responsive and helpful in helping us get this product dialed in for our needs.

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Jeff from Paintzen

Industry / Trade:  Construction manager

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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Value for money

Customer support

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October 2018

Ease of Use

Pros

User friendly, easy controls. I had no problem adjusting to this new platform. Sharing files is a breeze.

Cons

Needs to be able to connect with more apps. Google folder sharing needs to be implemented as an app.

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