STACK Overview

What is STACK?

STACK is a cloud-based construction takeoff and estimating software that offers SMBs a single and centralized platform from which to manage construction bidding processes. Incorporating takeoff measurement and markup tools, smart estimation technology, reports, real-time collaboration, streamlined bidding and customization capabilities, STACK aims to provide users with an accurate and flexible takeoff and estimating solution. Designed to accommodate any trade, STACK operates easily for landscaping, roofing or concrete and masonry projects as well as for general construction projects.

With STACK, users can measure digital plans, collaborate with team members, finalize project estimates and customize materials and pricing quickly and accurately. Concrete and masonry contractors can estimate footings, walls, site casts and tilt-up or lift-slab projects, while interior finish contractors can measure plans and determine quantities for ceiling, drywall, flooring and painting. STACK’s powerful measurement, markup and cutout tools are also beneficial for landscapers planning minor sitework, irrigation or paving and general contractors seeking to verify quantity takeoff. With these careful measurements, users can then apply material, labor and equipment costs accordingly.

Every STACK user has access to a library of industry specific material databases, customizable takeoff and estimating reports and organizational tools such as the bid calendar dashboard, optical character recognition (OCR), auto naming and bookmarking. STACK provides users with a cloud-based, floating license which allows users to access and utilize STACK features at any time, from any location. To further enhance STACK’s flexibility, users receive automatic software updates and on-demand training.

STACK Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Free -> $0/year
Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year
Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year


STACK Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

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STACK Reviews

STACK Reviews

Overall rating
4,5
/
5
Excellent
610

Very good
366

Average
54

Poor
12

Terrible
6

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
4,5
Customer Support
4,7
93% recommended this app
Sunshine M.

Great product. Customer support right in app and always quick to respond.


John P.

Job Cost Estimating

I have literally increased my productivity by 1,000% I am doing 10-times more bids and with much greater accurracy, no one questions my take offs.


Joshua M.

A great program for take-offs, especially if you're new to estimating or take-off software

I'm very happy with the program and have yet to find anything that comes close to competing with their features. The price tag is a little steep compared to some other competitors, but the ease of use, pre-made items and assemblies, and features included with the software are definitely worth it.


Lance O.

First Year with Stack CT


Jake V.

Cloud Takeoff

Stack was a significant upgrade to our takeoff process. The speed and being able to natively use it on Mac make this software great. The development team continues to add great features, some of which bring feature parity with competitors, but others are unique and now classified as "can't live without" around our office.


Sunshine M.
Industry: Building Materials
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Great product. Customer support right in app and always quick to respond.

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/02/07
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

This product is incredibly simple to use, but a very powerful tool. The calendar makes organizing projects by due date easy. You can quickly see what's coming up and space them out when a larger project takes more time. The search function to find past projects is imperative.

Doing takeoffs is much easier now. I can export final dwgs and reports so that my sales rep can go back and see exactly what I quoted and where. All the work is saved so I can back and reference it or change it if plans change.

The lines and symbols are easy to read and quick to set up. You can dimension the plans when needed and add call outs. The cloud tool is useful for items I have a question about. I can even copy and paste a line several times instead of having to draw it out each time.

Being able to add labels to the takeoff is crucial. It makes my quotes much more powerful when I say exactly where I found each product. It also helps if there is a change to the plan later. I can easily remove one section by using the Geometric Report instead of having to dig through all the plans.

The ability to use two screens is awesome! When I find a particular detail and have to match it to the plan, it is much easier to have one screen with the detail and one with the plan.

Cons

Some things are not customizable. I can't change the default dimension color or size. But once you set it, it remembers the changes for that page only.

I can't rearrange the sheets with the tabs on top. I have to open them in the order I need. So if I find a detail on another sheet, I may have to close some tabs and them reopen them in the order I need.

It does integrate with Excel reports, but Excel charges a monthly subscription for that. I am also waiting for the symbol search tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

John P.
Industry: Construction
Company size: Self Employed

Job Cost Estimating

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/11/19
Review Source: Capterra

I have literally increased my productivity by 1,000% I am doing 10-times more bids and with much greater accurracy, no one questions my take offs.

Pros

The use of pop-ups when you "Mouse-Over" items is very effective, makes things very intuitive, lessens time-to-learn how to use the system.

Cons

Need to have more than 50 characters when naming take-off items, at least 100 characters.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Joshua M.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A great program for take-offs, especially if you're new to estimating or take-off software

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2020/12/10
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

I'm very happy with the program and have yet to find anything that comes close to competing with their features. The price tag is a little steep compared to some other competitors, but the ease of use, pre-made items and assemblies, and features included with the software are definitely worth it.

Pros

Stack has a very simple learning curve. It's basically a point and click software that allows you to perform take-offs quickly and easily, no matter your experience level. The software also enables you to add pre-loaded or customized items and assemblies to your take-offs so you can create estimates as as you go, saving tons of time on each bid. Perhaps most importantly, their customer service is phenomenal. I have never had a problem getting ahold of a representative, and they usually answer my question or solve my issue within minutes of me reaching out.

Cons

Their estimating/proposal templates could be made more customizable rather than restricting you to only detailed labor and material pricing or unit pricing options, but they offer the ability to transfer any of your reports to Xcel where you can do that yourself, so it really isn't a huge issue.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Lance O.
Industry: Construction
Company size: Self Employed

First Year with Stack CT

Reviewed on 2016/08/25
Review Source: SoftwareAdvice

Pros

Stack Estimating allows a very flexible approach to take offs and preparing estimates. I've been using this software for just over a year and had previously used another software with other companies. Stack is fairly streamlined, allows multiple options, and organizes your quantities in a way that is very user friendly and easy to manage.

Cons

I find myself frustrated with creating my take off library before starting a project. There are many options, but it would be nice to be able to set some defaults when creating items. For example, when creating a count item, it automatically generates a 'Medium' check mark with 'Medium' line weight. With every count item, I am changing this to 'Small' and 'Small' because the current default obstructs too much of the plan. They have a library that you can set, but every plan has different items so I can only use the library for so much.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Jake V.
Industry: Construction
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Cloud Takeoff

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/09/18
Review Source: Capterra

Stack was a significant upgrade to our takeoff process. The speed and being able to natively use it on Mac make this software great. The development team continues to add great features, some of which bring feature parity with competitors, but others are unique and now classified as "can't live without" around our office.

Pros

The ability to log in and pull up all of our project drawings on any computer. The fact that this software is web based is great and makes this platform agnostic. As we are primarily a Mac based office, this is great and does not require virtualization to run windows based software. Stack is also incredibly fast to navigate and bring up projects. Even though our older software was on computer and not web based, it required long waits to open a project and switch between projects. With stack this is almost instantaneous and it allows multiple projects to be open at once in multiple tabs or windows.

Cons

It still lacks some functionality of our previous takeoff software, especially when we first started using it. Much of that functionality has been added since we started using it, and there are a few additional items they currently show as in the pipeline. Once those are released, all of the features we need will be here.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,9/10
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STACK Pricing

STACK Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Free -> $0/year
Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year
Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year

Free -> $0/year
Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year
Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year

Value for Money
4,3/5
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STACK Features

STACK Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Bid Management
Change Order Management
Collaboration Tools
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Estimating
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Subcontractor Management
Third Party Integration
Features
4,3/5
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Additional information for STACK

Additional information for STACK

Key features of STACK

  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity management
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Automatic backup
  • Bid management
  • Building product database
  • Built-in database
  • Calculators
  • Calendar management
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Content library
  • Cost database
  • Cost estimaing
  • Cost management
  • Customizable reporting
  • Data import/export
  • File transfer
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Labor costs
  • Measurement & markup tools
  • Planning tools
  • Price data / price Books
  • Project development
  • Project estimating
  • Project planning
  • Project security
  • Project tracking
  • Project workflow
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Real time monitoring
  • Real time notifications
  • Real time reporting
  • Real time updates
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Scheduling
  • Strategic planning
  • Takeoff
  • estimating

Benefits

  • STACK functions as a cloud-based, floating license, affording users the flexibility to access STACK and utilize its features on the go, at any time.

  • Users can create customizable takeoff and estimating reports, stimulating valuable insight into bidding processes.

  • STACK includes advanced measurement and markup tools, enabling users to calculate cost estimates accurately.

  • STACK offers on-demand training and automatic software updates, providing users with ongoing support and up-to-date software improvements.

  • STACK facilitates comprehensive project organization, giving users a calendar dashboard and OCR, auto naming and bookmarking capabilities.

  • STACK FAQs

    STACK FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for STACK.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does STACK offer?

    STACK offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Free -> $0/year Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year

    Q. What are the main features of STACK?

    STACK offers the following features:

    • Activity dashboard
    • Activity management
    • Ad hoc reporting
    • Automatic backup
    • Bid management
    • Building product database
    • Built-in database
    • Calculators
    • Calendar management
    • Collaborative workspace
    • Content library
    • Cost database
    • Cost estimaing
    • Cost management
    • Customizable reporting
    • Data import/export
    • File transfer
    • Graphical data presentation
    • Labor costs
    • Measurement & markup tools
    • Planning tools
    • Price data / price Books
    • Project development
    • Project estimating
    • Project planning
    • Project security
    • Project tracking
    • Project workflow
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time data
    • Real time monitoring
    • Real time notifications
    • Real time reporting
    • Real time updates
    • Reporting & statistics
    • Scheduling
    • Strategic planning
    • Takeoff
    • estimating

    Q. Who are the typical users of STACK?

    STACK has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does STACK support?

    STACK supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. Does STACK support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices STACK supports

    Q. What other apps does STACK integrate with?

    STACK integrates with the following applications:

    4PS Construct, Appcues, BIM 360, Complete the Look, Cooperate, Harness Continuous Delivery, PowerMetrics, SmartBid, Unduit Wireless, Zeotap

    Q. What level of support does STACK offer?

    STACK offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Online Support, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials, FAQs