STACK Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

STACK

Construction takeoff & estimating software

4.48/5 (1,067 reviews)

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.
www.stackct.com

Pricing

Starting from
$1999
Pricing options
Free
Value for money
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 other markets, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom

Supported languages

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STACK user reviews

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Sunshine M.

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

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 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.

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Jake V.

Cloud Takeoff

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Lance O.

First Year with Stack CT

Reviewed 2016-08-25
Review Source: Software Advice

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Tim H.

Easy to use Estimating software!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-02-22
Review Source: Capterra

We are bidding more projects then ever and Stack is an important part of the workflow.

Pros
We love stack for our takeoffs. Cloud service is an essential service as we like to open plans from multiple workstations and conference rooms. We also have multiple estimators who frequently work from home. This software is extremely useful for all of those circumstances. The software itself is intuitive and easy to use.

Cons
The only thing that really bothers me is just load speed of plans.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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John P.

Job Cost Estimating

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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.

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STACK pricing

Starting from
$1999
Pricing options
Free
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Free -> $0/year
Start -> Great for Single Estimators - $1,999/year
Grow -> Perfect for Precon Teams - $4,999/year

STACK features

Activity Dashboard
Bid Management
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Data Import/Export
Estimating
Job Costing
Project Management
Project Tracking
Projections
Quotes/Estimates
Reporting/Analytics

Accounting Integration (89 other apps)
Budget Tracking/Job Costing (83 other apps)
Change Order Management (99 other apps)
Contract/License Management (99 other apps)
Contractor Management (116 other apps)
Document Management (140 other apps)
Mobile Access (109 other apps)
Subcontractor Management (121 other apps)

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Additional information for STACK

Key features of STACK

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