Exterior Finishes Estimating Guide

Roofing Materials Section

Refer to All About Roofing Materials for any questions regarding construction materials and processes related to this section

Ensure that the SF of Flat Roof Area, LF Roof Edge, and LF Ridgeline cells have pulled correct information from the BasicInfo tab.

Starter Course

Starter Course refers to the area of every roof plane where a starter strip is laid down to begin finishing that section of Roof.

1. Open the plans in Bluebeam. Both the Roof Plans and the Elevation Views will be useful for calculating the Starter Course in LF.
2. Use the measuring tool to do takeoffs of every roof edge that will have a starter strip on it.
• One easy way to identify roof edges that will require starter strip is to look for horizontal edges that do not border a gable.
• Roof Overbuilds are typically perpendicular to the main roof and come to a point as they run up the main roof, forming a triangle. There will typically still be a horizontal edge in these features. That plan of the roof simply gets wider as it comes to ridge of the overbuild.
1. Add the LF of the edges together and enter that number in the LF Starter Course cell of the Roof Materials Section Header.
• This number will also be the exact quantity of Starter Course material needed for the project, not accounting for waste.

Roof Slope (In per Ft)

Slope is the ratio of Rise/Run. In construction, it is measured in inches per foot, and typically is represented by a single number (eg. a Roof Slope of 8 indicates that for every 1' of horizontal run, the roof rises 8").

1. Open the plans in Bluebeam. The Elevation Views should have an inverted right triangle present at the roof slopes. This triangle will give values for rise and run.
2. Enter the value given for rise in the Roof Slope cell of the Roofing Materials Section Header.

SF of Sloped Roof Area

This cell contains a formula that should automatically calculate the SF of Sloped Roof Area, once the other header cells are completed.

Materials Subsection

Line items in this subsection that require extra consideration outside of the process described in How to Complete Material Estimates.﻿

Labor Subsection

This is the same process used for estimating labor costs for any other construction task using the NCE.

1. Ensure that the materials that correspond to each job description are present in the line items in the Materials Subsection.
2. Use the NCE to look up the CraftHrs, Unit, and Labor for the specific job and material.
3. Reference any relevant information in the Header and Material Subsection to calculate the quantity of Labor required for the job.
4. Ensure the Total cell has calculated the total cost for completing the job.

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Windows Section

Refer to All Window Materials for any questions regarding construction materials and processes related to this section

Check the Window Schedule for the project to count the number of windows of each SF designation, then enter them in the appropriate cells of the header.

Materials Subsection

Line items in this subsection that require extra consideration outside of the process described in How to Complete Material Estimates:

• n/a

Labor Subsection

This is the same process used for estimating labor costs for any other construction task using the NCE.

1. Ensure that the materials that correspond to each job description are present in the line items in the Materials Subsection.
2. Use the NCE to look up the CraftHrs, Unit, and Labor for the specific job and material.
3. Reference any relevant information in the Header and Material Subsection to calculate the quantity of Labor required for the job.
4. Ensure the Total cell has calculated the total cost for completing the job.

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Exterior Doors Section

Refer to All Exterior Door Materials for any questions regarding construction materials and processes related to this section

Check the Door Schedule for the project to count the number of doors of each width designation, then enter them in the appropriate cells of the header.

Materials Subsection

Line items in this subsection that require extra consideration outside of the process described in How to Complete Material Estimates:

• n/a

Labor Subsection

This is the same process used for estimating labor costs for any other construction task using the NCE.

1. Ensure that the materials that correspond to each job description are present in the line items in the Materials Subsection.
2. Use the NCE to look up the CraftHrs, Unit, and Labor for the specific job and material.
3. Reference any relevant information in the Header and Material Subsection to calculate the quantity of Labor required for the job.
4. Ensure the Total cell has calculated the total cost for completing the job.

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Vinyl Siding Section

Refer to All About Exterior Siding Materials for any questions regarding construction materials and processes related to this section

Wall Siding Area Table

1. Navigate to the Vinyl Siding Materials section of the ExtFin tab.
2. Scroll to the right of that section to find the Wall Siding Area table.
3. Input the SF values of each of the following walls in the table:
• Front Gable
• Left Elevation Wall
• Left Gable
• Back Wall
• Right Elevation Wall
• Right Gable

Materials Subsection

Line items in this subsection that require extra consideration outside of the process described in How to Complete Material Estimates.

Labor Subsection

This is the same process used for estimating labor costs for any other construction task using the NCE.

1. Ensure that the materials that correspond to each job description are present in the line items in the Materials Subsection.
2. Use the NCE to look up the CraftHrs, Unit, and Labor for the specific job and material.
3. Reference any relevant information in the Header and Material Subsection to calculate the quantity of Labor required for the job.
4. Ensure the Total cell has calculated the total cost for completing the job.

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