ROI Calculator

The AppliCad software provides roof and wall cladding material estimators with a complete suite of tools for modelling, estimating and presentation in three dimensions that are the most cost effective in the world. Our method of 'modelling short-hand' allows very accurate take-offs and complete bill of quantities in minutes not hours.

We have provided a simple example below to demonstrate the ROI (return on investment) in our software for the average roofing contractor's estimating department. Plug in your own costs and job situation and study the benefits to your company. Quantifiable benefits flow to the Inventory, Accounting and Installation departments as well.

Review this document for a summary of the savings in other departments - Analysis of Business Benefits.

Do your own ROI Calculation - The cost benefit analysis.

Steps to complete a typical job

Time to complete task (in minutes)

Typical tasks

AppliCad Software

Manual Method

Review info supplied



Ring client to confirm detail



Check dimensions of detail supplied

* 0


Input roof dimensions



Determine areas with calculator

@ 0


Select materials and trim



Take-off materials required

@ 0


Take-off accessories required

@ 0


Take-off labour cost summary

@ 0


Complete 'Quote Form'

@ 0


Complete 'Roof Drawing'

@ 0


Complete 'Cutting List' / 'Materials List'

@ 1


Complete 'Order Form'

@ 0


Sub total for this job



Total for three jobs per day

30 minutes

180 minutes

The return on invesment (ROI) using AppliCad roof estimating software demonstrates how quickly you get a return on the initial investment. The example below is from the estimating department and just covers time savings. You can reasonably add to this the benefit to other departments of better documentation generated automatically; material savings through waste reduction; reduction of costly errors from omission of materials and more. Even counting the additional cost of implementation and training, the investment is less than 10% of any manual method, and the results are more accurate and reliable.

Let's run a typical job (and typical will vary from one business to another); the scenario is - a job lands on the estimator’s desk, and some variation of the following steps are required to complete a quotation for that job:

* - indicates processes that the software checks for me,
@ - indicates processes that the software does automatically for me

So, with just 3 bids per day, or 15 bids per average working week, the software would allow you to complete these 15 quotations in just two and a half hours. Doing the same work manually would have taken about fifteen hours.

At an hourly charge out rate of say $25 per hour for the 12.5 hours saved, your business is at least $312.50 per week better off. Not only are you better off in terms of time, your clients get a better quality presentation and you are freed up to concentrate on other aspects of the business.

ROI > 333% in year one

This ROI does not take account of the additional benefits of improved accuracy and reduced material waste, and further benefits to other departments created by the efficiencies of the estimating process.

In our example above the return on investment to the business in the first year of operation (based on 48 working weeks) is a staggering 333%. In subsequent years the return is even higher. And this is just from the time savings of one department - the Estimating department.

Add the improved efficiencies passed to the inventory department, the accounting and installation departments and you canpotentially get an annual ROI of more than 1000%!

Warning - Please understand that we know this works, but we make no promises. Consider this analogy: You wish to lose weight and get fit; you join the local gymnasium but do not pound the treadmill or pump the required iron. You don't lose the weight and you don't get fit. That is not the fault of the gymnasium. You must commit the time and effort to lose the weight and get fit.

Implementing a good software system is much the same situaiton. To make the software work for you, you must invest a little time to learn to use it correctly and set up the product databases to suit your method of working. With the support of our technical team, it's easy enough, but will not happen without you.

Can you afford to wait any longer before you start with AppliCad?

More bids done = more bids won!

Now test your own situation:

Return On Investment calculator

Input your information:

# Quotes Per Day Hourly Rate Software cost
Time spent doing manual quotes minutes
Time spent using AppliCad to do same quotes minutes
Time saved using AppliCad: minutes per day
Your saving per day:
Your potential savings per year:
Your Return On Investment:

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