CertainTeed® Removes the Uncertainty of Job Costing with New InstaBid Software
CertainTeed is helping roofing contractors take the guesswork out of ordering materials, meeting installation specifications and generating sales proposals with the introduction of InstaBid, a new, proprietary web-based software system available on both desktop and mobile devices.
InstaBid, powered by CertainTeed, helps roofing companies produce Good, Better, Best roofing proposals quickly with accurate job costing, material lists and job-specific installer notes, thereby saving time, improving operational efficiency and helping ensure solid margins.
“There’s nothing worse than preparing a bid for a homeowner and then realizing something was left out,” says Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “That cuts right to the heart of a contractor’s bottom line and into the relationship a homeowner has with the contractor. InstaBid helps the contractor’s accuracy.”
After completing an assessment and taking measurements on a home, CertainTeed products (including the underlayment, starter strip, shingles and hip/ridge cap) are pre-loaded into an InstaBid proposal, along with contractor-assigned costs for material, labor and insurance. This saves contractors valuable time in the process of costing jobs, creating proposals and ordering materials.
Once the bid has been entered, contractors can adjust as needed and be assured that nothing is overlooked when preparing a comprehensive bid for a homeowner. InstaBid’s software adjusts job proposal pricing based on the materials to create Good, Better and Best options.
“The homeowner wins with a professional and comprehensive approach to their re-roofing job, while the contractor wins with a tool that covers the ordering, installation and sales components, helping ensure professionalism and profitability,” says Butch.
The chief factor of the software’s success lies in the fact that InstaBid pre-loads location-specific products into the proposal and smartly includes all of the other components needed for a complete roof. InstaBid then adds the intelligence of CertainTeed’s Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM), the industry’s most complete guide to shingle installation details, to help ensure installers have the most comprehensive product instructions available.
The system generates Installer Notes in English and Spanish for each specific roof and can be then printed or emailed to crews, helping to eliminate misunderstandings and mistakes. InstaBid also easily calculates the proper net free ventilation area required for the roof.
“From meeting with homeowners, creating and calculating bids, ordering materials, supervising installation crews, to just running a business, contractors have their hands full,” says James Pastore, founder and CEO of InstaBid. “InstaBid is a very powerful program behind the scenes in order to insure an easy and intuitive user experience.”
To learn more, contractors can visit www.instabidsoftware.com and try a 30-day complementary trial.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.7 billion in 2017. www.certainteed.com