Roofing Calculator APP Updated to ver. 2.0 – Many New Great Features Added

We are pleased to announce that our already popular Roofing Calculator PRO app, that is available for iPhone / iPad (now with Native iPad support) and Android, is updated to version 2.0. It includes MANY new and exciting features, that will help you Estimate ANY Roof even faster and more accurately.

You have spoken and we have listened – based on YOUR comments here on our website and those in App Store / Android Play Store, we added ALL the things you’ve asked about, and MANY more!

Download Roofing Calculator PRO V2:

Roofing Calculator app for iPhone

Roofing Calculator app for Android

Roofing Calculator 2.0 for IPhone – Screen Shots:

image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Main Screen image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Roof Prices image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Settings Screen image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Results Export Screen

New Features Include

  • Multiple Roof Sections!
  • Valley Calculation!
  • Dormer Calculation!
  • GPS Location to get and Record Job Address!
  • Save and Modify Calculation Results!
  • Results Exporting as PDF / Plain Text for Your Records or as a Formal Roof Proposal!
  • Your Company Info, that will appear on the Letterhead of your Exports!
  • Miscellaneous Costs (Permits / Dumpsters / Equipment, etc) and Sales Tax!
  • More Intuitive App Navigation – All Features are listed as logical groups!
  • Native support for iPad 10″ screen!

Let’s take a closer look at all the new features:

Calculation Improvements

image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Multiple Roof Sections, Dormers, Valley, MISC costsMultiple Roof Sections:

In Version 1, you could calculate only 1 roof at a time. While this worked for most estimates, there are always houses with very cut-up roofs, or multiple buildings on the property, that need to be re-roofed. Now, you can have as many as 10 roofs or sections in one calculation.

All results are combined to give you an overall snapshot of all costs and sizes, and broken down into detailed materials, prices and sizes list for each section!

Valley Calculation:

In version 1, we were also missing the ability to calculate a valley – a common feature on many roofs. One of the reasons it was not added to the initial release, was the fact that we were not sure how you wanted it, and how we could implement it, so it does not confuse you, when estimating a roof.

The way it’s done now – there is a set cost per 1 linear foot of valley (valley labor cost), and it also automatically adds Ice & Water Shield (I&W) to the Underlayment section in the results. For valley length between 1 and 60 feet, we add 1 roll of I&W. For valley longer than 60 feet, additional rollas are added, is steps of 60 feet.

Optional: We are considering adding 3 sq. ft. of roof shingles for every foot of valley – let us know how you feel about it – should it be done as part of the valley calculation, or go into the roof waste factor? Please voice your opinion in the comments section below.

Dormers Calculation:

Now you can set a specific price for EACH dormer, and just enter the number of dormers on the roof.

We figure that dormers do not take extra shingles (maybe 20-30 sq. ft. of shingle more than if a dormer was not there), but take a long time to work around. Between doing roof to wall flashing, and doing a valley at the top of a typical gable or hip dormer, you can spend a few hours on each dormer easily. So just figure out your cost or price for each dormer, and it will be calculated as Labor Cost.

Miscellaneous Costs / Charges:

Although this is already implemented in the Roofing Materials Section, there are charges that cannot be tied to material prices, and pertain to the job as a whole. Examples are Building Permits, Dumpsters / Disposal Fees, Equipment Rental, etc. You can add these MISC costs on the main calculator screen.

Sales Tax:

Is it April 15th again? No – but you still need to pay the “dreaded” taxes on the materials you buy (unless you are doing a tax-exempt job). In the general Roof Settings, you can now enter your state’s sales tax (even with decimal points for states such as MA, where sales tax is 6.25%). Sales tax will be automatically added to the materials cost.

Saving, Modifying and Exporting Calculated Results:

image of Roofing Calculator v2 - Saved Calculation ReportYou can now also save your calculation results, email them to yourself for your own records, or send it to your customer as a formal proposal / estimate! This Results Export option is available in PDF and plain text format.

With the addition of GPS Positioning / Location, the address of your roof estimate is auto recorded when you click the “Calculate” button, and is saved with the results. You can always change the address, phone number, add Notes (such as details about the project, materials, customer, etc.).

You can even open an “old” saved report, and go back to modify your calculations without typing in the setting you used. This could be useful if, for example, you did the estimate many months ago, but the materials prices have changed, or the customer wants to use a different type of roofing shingles.

With Modify option, you will not need to remeasure the roof, or type in individual details for each section – all your options are saved and ready for your use!

Company Profile:

In this section, you can enter information about your roofing company, such as Name, Address, Phone #, Website / Email, and Construction License #. This information will appear on the Letterhead of your Exports and Proposal to the client, to make the proposal look official and presentable.

You can also register your copy of Roofing Calculator App – if you do, we will be able to send you updates/news about our app, and about new apps and services that will be useful to you. We pledge not to send you spam, or “regular news letters” or sell your information to a 3rd party. This is only for our records and so we can communicate with you and know who our customers are.

FREE Gift To the First 100 Users Who Register Roofing Calculator App

We are going to send you a thank-you gift for buying our app – a high-quality T-Shirt with a funny Roofing Calculator design on it. We are working on the design now, and will take your suggestions!

The iPhone version is undergoing App Store review process (as of July 12, 2012) and should appear in the App Store within a couple of days.

The Android version will be available within a week, as we are finishing final tests and bug-tracking.

Thank you for purchasing our app!

Best Phone for Roofing Contractors (no, it's not iPhone – it's Samsung Galaxy Note)

The best phone for roofers is Samsung Galaxy Note – it has 5.3″ screen, stylus (S-pen) note taking, great camera, and it’s super fast! Watch this “quick” video to see how Galaxy Note stacks up against iPhone and HTC Inspire 4G, and how I use it in my daily roofing work (video is 10 minutes long):

Updated Jan 25, 2012 – Galaxy Note will be available on AT&T on Feb. 18 (rumored release date) for $299 + tax, with 2-years contract. Your monthly bill on AT&T will be over $100.

However, I recommend getting the unlocked European version, and using Galaxy Note on Straight Talk with a $45 Unlimited plan – unlimited minutes, 4G web and SMS text messages!

Straight Talk (ST) is essentially an AT&T network, so you get the same coverage and save at least $50 / month. To get Galaxy Note to work on Straight Talk, basically all you do is buy an ST Nokia e71 phone for $49, pull out the SIM card and put it into the UNLOCKED (European) Galaxy Note – and enjoy great cell coverage, speed and savings!

Read more details about this at the end of this article.

Why Roofing Contractors need Smart Phones:

In the 21 century, if you as a contractor cannot communicate with your clients, suppliers and employees in real time – and I don’t just mean phone calls – you are behind the curve, and your competition is beating you. You NEED a smart phone!

As for me, I felt the need for a true smart-phone ever since I became a roofer (no – not those ridiculous and useless HP / Compaq PDAs or Windows 6 phones). Since I am a geek and a roofer, I look at smart phones from a perspective of both – a roofing contractor and a phone geek. Three years ago I felt a real need for a smart phone.
Following a friend’s advice, I got a Nokia E71 on AT&T. Unfortunately, AT&T really crippled this phone and also the small non-touch screen limited it’s internet capabilities, making it rather useless for what I was looking for – an ultimate phone for full internet access, easy email communication, ability to send and receive pictures, PDF and DOC files (to review the roof blue prints and photos of roofs).

Two months later I got rid of Nokia and got an iPhone 3GS, which at the time met ALL my requirements and had REAL competition. Existing Android devices (at the time – summer 2009) were not ready for me. Later that year, when Nexus one came out, it pretty much matched the iPhone 3GS and surpassed it in some areas, but I was already under contract, and did not want/need to switch.

My iPhone 3GS and Inspire 4G side-by-side (both running our Roofing Calculator App)

image of Roofing calculator iphone & android - side by side

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Roofing Guide for Contractors

Being a roofing contractor is both difficult and rewarding. However, to be successful, you need to take care of so many things all at the same time, that it often becomes overwhelming. Between fierce competition from established roofing outfits and illegal / uninsured contractors, who drop the prices for everybody, rising materials’ prices, as well as other costs of doing business, you need to stay on top of things, and ahead of your competition.

Wondering how you keep on losing business, when your prices are more than fair than the competitions’? In this guide you will find many resources and information, which can make your everyday tasks of running a roofing company, easier and more streamlined, so you can actually do the roofing part. This guide will help you avoid spending all your time chasing dead leads, or getting a competitor’s quote shown to you, which is half your price.

Note – we recommend that you read the “Roofing Business Marketing Guide”, whether you are a seasoned contractor or just starting out in the business, as it contains information on how to generate your own leads without having to pay for them.

We have divided this guide into three sections (click on the link to jump to the desired section):

  • Technology for contractors – tools, software, social media, online marketing – these are all essential tools, that when implemented efficiently, will streamline your business and allow you to concentrate on installing roofs.
  • Info for a new roofing contractor – from establishing your company, to getting work, to running and managing the business – in this section you will find answers to many of your questions, which I had to learn through trial and error, and you shouldn’t repeat many of my mistakes.
  • Info for established contractors – though you’ve been roofing for many years, there are always new tricks you can learn to make your business more profitable, and for some old school roofers, rejuvenate your company from stagnation. As they say, an old dog can always learn new tricks 🙂

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How To Start A Roofing Business

A roofing business is difficult to start and is a headache to run, but if you do it right, with some luck and lots of hard work, it can be very profitable and rewarding. However, as with most new endeavors, the biggest challenge is starting and getting it off the ground. Here, we will walk you through this process and help you avoid most mistakes that new roofing contractors face. Along with this guide, we will provide a number of helpful online tools and resources that will help you along the way.

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