Create Renderings of a Home with New Roofing and Siding

CertainTeed Corp.'s ColorView

CertainTeed Corp.’s ColorView

CertainTeed Corp. debuted a revamped version of ColorView, an advanced set of exterior home design tools. Featuring a user-friendly interface, ColorView offers users preset color combinations along with an array of stock images to create exterior home designs. For a more customized approach, users can upload an image of a home and use do-it-yourself masking to more accurately create renderings that can be used as a selling tool with homeowner customers.

Explore preset color combinations, siding styles, and much more directly on the home.

Automate Roofing Waste Reduction with Software’s Panel Optimization Tools

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software. In one sense, there is nothing new about the new software tools. The method used with Block-Cut has been employed to reduce material waste by roofers in Australia and New Zealand for a very long time. What is exciting about this announcement is that the capability is now automated, interactive and embedded in the Roof Wizard software, so just about anyone can learn how to do it reliably and accurately. An added bonus is that all the required installer reports are generated automatically to user defined templates with your company details.

Block-Cut is a new process where the estimator determines where panels/sheets can go and more particularly, where the offcuts can go, as part of a “block” of panels, thus substantially reducing waste material. It takes the blocks created and sub-divides them to show where the off-cut is expected to be extracted from and applied to the roof.

This is actually taking what roofers do manually, automating it and completing it so quickly that various options may be explored to achieve the best fit. Those roofers who reduce waste by flipping sheets around on hip ends will take to this immediately. It shows them exactly how to achieve the best fit. This is done in the office, before getting to the job site.
Indeed, it is done at quotation stage, allowing full use of offcut material to reduce the costs, improve your competitiveness and increase job profit margins.

The multi-coloured panel placement drawing is sent to the job with the material, and the installation team can see at a glance where every single piece and offcut piece must be placed by colour and section placement code; panel area B1 goes to roof plane area B1, B5 goes to roof plane area B5 etc. This achieves the optimal use of material that might otherwise be offcut waste—almost zero waste in this typical example.

Instead of the average job waste allowance being 10 to 12 percent, you can easily get it to 2 to 5 percent. This can go directly to your bottom line without major retraining and changes to your usual practices. Those not familiar with any attempts to increase profit margin by reducing waste might find this process a little bizarre, but experienced metal roofing guys down-under know and fully appreciate the value of this technique and are excited to have it in the new AppliCad Roof Wizard software. This one new feature could repay the value of the Roof Wizard software in just one moderate sized metal roofing job.

App Helps Visualize a Home with a Metal Roof

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily. Simply upload a photo of the home, follow the directions, and the homeowner can see what his or her home will look like with Union’s full range of metal roof colors and styles. If you don’t have a photo, you can choose from an existing library of homes to find the one that best matches your needs.

MyMetalRoof is an advanced visualizer app and uses state-of-the-art image mapping that’s seamlessly integrated into the iPad’s touchscreen technology so you can achieve professional looking results in just seconds.

Download the new free iPad app at on Union Corrugating’s website or through the iTunes App Store by searching MyMetalRoof.

Earn Points Toward Future Purchases on FastenersPlus.com

Earn points on FastenersPlus.com.

Earn points on FastenersPlus.com.

E-commerce company, Fasteners Plus, has launched a rewards program, PointsPlus, allowing customers to earn points that can be redeemed toward future purchases on the company’s website.

The internet retailer carries more than 20,000 products, ranging from basic nuts, bolts and washers to more specialized merchandise, such as rivets, wire clips and clamps. Points are earned with each purchase made on the website, and can also be awarded by:

  • Creating an account
    Subscribing to the Fasteners Plus newsletter
    Sending invitations to friends to register at FastenersPlus.com
    Converting invitations to customers
    Converting invitations to sales orders
    Submitting product reviews
    Adding tags to products on the website

Once points have been accumulated, customers can then redeem them at checkout and apply as payment on a future purchase. To kick off the new program, a special “Big Game” promotion running through Feb. 2 awards customers an additional 48 points on all purchases.

Nikki Dudley, vice president of Operations, says the Reward Points program was developed as a way to not only reward loyal customers who purchase from Fasteners Plus, but to also build awareness of the site and promote customer engagement. “While most rewards programs award points on purchases, we wanted to expand ours to include actions such as inviting friends to the site and converting those invitations to sale orders,” Dudley says. “We also hope this program encourages customers to become active on our site by submitting reviews, adding product tags and subscribing to our newsletter.”

FastenersPlus.com was developed in 2012 to target contractors, business owners and consumers planning anything from small home projects to large commercial projects. Flat rate shipping is standard on all orders, and bulk pricing is available on any item by calling the company’s friendly, knowledgeable sales team.

On Center Software Increases Speed and Function with Latest Releases

On Center Software's Quick Bid

On Center Software’s Quick Bid

On Center Software has announced the latest release of its portfolio: On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid and Digital Production Control.

Customers with active licenses on maintenance will benefit from the following new features:

  • MyOnCenter Customer Portal Access
  • Enhanced Secure Licensing Method via MyOnCenter
  • Windows 8.0 Compatibility
  • MAC Compatible Using Virtualization Software
  • Support for ESXi

Added product functionalities and fixes include:

  • Expanded Annotation Options
  • Added Flexibility within the On-Screen Takeoff Legend
  • Added Tabs on Markups Detail and Materials Tab
  • Swap Materials in Quick Bid

The latest release offers new features and functionalities that improve efficiency, usability, flexibility, productivity and profitability.

Equipment Software Management Solution with an App

Dexter + Chaney's equipment management solution

Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management solution

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney has released a complete equipment management solution for contractors that includes features for preventive maintenance, equipment tracking, and even a mobile app. This new equipment management software works seamlessly with the company’s Spectrum Construction Software, which works completely in the cloud, requiring no software download or specific hardware devices.

Typical investment in construction equipment can be well into the seven-figure range, so saving through better fleet management can result in a significant return on that investment. Spectrum’s new Equipment Management solution gives contractors the tools to gather data and use that data to make maintenance and financial decisions. To design a comprehensive equipment offering, Dexter + Chaney enlisted the expertise and best practices of Dr. Mike Vorster of Virginia Tech.

The latest updates to Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management offerings also include an app that can be downloaded for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. The app allows field staff to easily enter equipment information from the job site and synchronizes automatically with Spectrum Equipment Management.

Customized Report Provides Estimate of Roof Size in About One Hour

EagleView Technologies' QuickSquares Report

EagleView Technologies’ QuickSquares Report

EagleView Technologies Inc., a provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions, has introduced the QuickSquares Report. A sales and marketing tool for roofing sales teams, this report delivers an overall estimate of the roof size within approximately one hour from the time that the order is placed. A customized cover transforms the report into a professional presentation tool that leaves a lasting impression.

The QuickSquares product provides an easy price point for roofing contractors to quickly obtain an overall square count for residential roofs. It works in conjunction with the entire EagleView suite of solutions offering an easy means to upgrade to an EagleView Premium report when more detail is required for ordering materials. After winning the job, contractors can simply upgrade their QuickSquares Report to a Premium Report for industry-leading, precise measurements to be used for material ordering and production planning.

The report is created using EagleView’s patented technology and includes a color aerial image of the property. It is available now and can be ordered online.

Glove Selector Tool Available Online

DuPont SafeSPEC Glove Selector Tool

DuPont SafeSPEC Glove Selector Tool

DuPont Protection Technologies has introduced the DuPont SafeSPEC Glove Selector Tool at www.safespecgloves.dupont.com. It enables users to quickly and easily search more than 300 gloves from 10 glove manufacturers that have met the strict criteria established to become licensees of DuPont Kevlar. The latest innovations from these licensees are featured.

Video Depicts Modified Bitumen Membrane Application

The Garland Co. Inc. recently posted a video depicting the proper application procedures for its Self-Adhering StressPly SA FR Mineral SBS modified bitumen membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently posted a video depicting the proper application procedures for its Self-Adhering StressPly SA FR Mineral SBS modified bitumen membrane.

As part of its effort to ensure proper application of its products, The Garland Co. Inc. recently posted a video depicting the proper application procedures for its Self-Adhering StressPly SA FR Mineral SBS modified bitumen membrane on the company’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/thegarlandco. The video features installation details for the complete self-adhering system, including base sheet, cap sheet and flashing details.

Atlas Roofing introduces Select Your Roof App for iPad

Select Your Roof iPad app

Select Your Roof iPad app

Atlas Roofing introduces Select Your Roof, a consumer-oriented app for iPad, devoted to the homeowner’s process of choosing an appropriate roofing system. The app is an extension of Atlas’ existing selectyourroof.com website and the Shingle Visualizer, an interactive webpage found on atlasroofing.com. The app, available for download on iTunes, is split into two parts: My Roof Color Gauge, which allows users to upload photos of their homes, and Shingle Visualizer, which changes shingle color options.