Roof Calculator software context sensitive help

Using Roof Calculator Writer Roof Bidding Software

Context Sensitive Help

We have made our roof estimating software very easy to understand and use. We do not feel you will need help, but if you do all of our roof estimating software comes with a fully illustrated and detailed help file. To not have to search thru a lot of non-related topics we provide context sensitive help.

Context sensitive help allows you to go right to to the help topic for the task you are currently working on, by pressing F1 on your keyboard.

Technical description of context sensitive help:
Context-sensitive help is a kind of help that is obtained from a specific point in the state of the software, providing help for the situation that is associated with that state.

Example 1:
If you click on the job cost grid and press F1 a topic specific to the job cost grid will open.

Example 2:
You click on any textbox and press F1 a topic specific to the textbox you have clicked will  open. Or click the roof pitch dropdown and press F1 and help will open to the topic on roof pitch.

Example 3:
Open any other screens eg: address book, email, etc press F1 and a topic specific to that screen will open.

You can also get help from any toolbar buttons Help buttonHelp index and search

Or you can also open the help index or search help from the menus.

Using roof templates

Using Roof Templates

We have provided a few templates for example. You can rename, edit or delete these templates. Using templates allows you to make pre-determined roofing material types with different material quantity needs.


We have provided a few templates for example. You can rename, edit or delete these templates. Using templates allows you to make pre-determined roofing material types with different material quantity needs. Each template controls the first 8 rows in the Job Cost grid. Each time you make a new template the first 8 rows are added to the new template.

Job cost grid

All of the data within the red outline will be saved with your template. The green outlined cells are system maintained. The divisor column divides your total feet for roofing squares, hips, top ridges eaves, rakes and valleys.

Managing Templates
Template combo
New roof template:
Type a descriptive name in the templates box and click the save icon.

Delete a roof template:
Erase the name in the template box and click the save icon.

Rename a roof template:
Type over a name in the template box and click the save icon. When saving your templates your bid information is also saved along with your template.

Roof Calculator pop up helper windows

Using Roof Calculator, Roof Bidding Software

Roof Pop-Up Calculators

We have added many helpful calculators to aid in entering data. Different screens use different roof calculators.

Main Screen Calculators
From the main screen you can access 2 calculators. This addition roof calculator is for calculating extras and is opened from the Job Cost Grid.
Extras Calculator Clicking the transfer button adds the price to Extras in the Job Cost Grid and is totaled.

Addition Calculator

Multi Function calculator



This Multi-function roof calculator is opened from the View menu and does not transfer numbers. Use it for anything. Ctrl+Y

Roof Calculator Writer software versions

Roof Calculater Writer Versions

03-18-2016 Roof Calculator 10.85 released

  • Now works with windows vista and Windows 7 & 8
  • New Html Email program
  • Code optimized to run faster

11-18-2016 Roof Calculator 10.8 released

  • New easy to use email program.
  • Code optimized to run faster
  • Short-cut double-click material list rows to clear row data.
  • Emailed documents to include name and address in file name.
  • New updated fully illustrated help file
  • Classy Writer and RoofCalculator discontinued as stand alone programs.

11-04-20016 RoofCalwriter 10.7 released

  • Ability toBackup bid files to a Usb Flash Drive with a button click.
  • Ability to Backup data files to a Usb Flash Drive with a button click
  • Ability to have automatically backup data and bid files as they are changed or created.
  • Form to ideas or recommendations and send by email thru our email server
  • Minor bugs fixed
  • Discontinued RoofCalculator and Classy Writer as a stand alone. Read more

09-16-2016 RoofCalwriter 10.6 released

  • Minor Improvements to many areas

07-06-2016 RoofCalwriter 10.5 released

  • Ability to save items in Labor and Misc/Other grid for future use
  • New columns added to Misc/Other and Labor grids that calculates and totals numbers entered.
  • Ability to open your saved roof removal prices from Misc/Other grid in Detail Pricing
  • Ability to add Squares, Hips, Top Ridges, Rakes, Eaves and Valleys calculations from Misc/Other.  and Labor grids in Detail Pricing by right-clicking
  • Ability to open your saved labor prices and enter them by clicking the numbers
  • Ability to add squares in Labor and Misc/Other Grids by double-clicking the Units column
  • Option to check for program updates on program opening
  • Option to view and select the fixed width fonts on your system for underline typing

6-11-2016 RoofCalcWriter 10.4 released

  • Added 5 new fields to document markers
  • New helper window added for entering document markers
  • (Changed) If information for document marker is not supplied, marker is erased.(Marker will not show on printed documents)
  • Ability to add or type into underlined fields
  • Right-click anywhere in Paragrah and Sentence manager to enter todays date
  • Ability to add sentences to any location
  • Ability to add saved sentences to all documents (Not just proposals)
  • New popup calendar for entering future or past dates anywhere in your documents.

05-22-2016 RoofCalcWriter 10.3 released

  • Bug fixed where saving documents was freezing some systems
  • Bug fixed where email button was freezing some systems
  • Changed the way options were being used from saved bids
  • Added Name and address fields to writing a letter
  • Added the ability to add sentences anywhere in a document
  • Added the ability to add sentences to any document (Not just proposals)

04-22-2008 RoofCalcWriter 10.1 released

  • New print routine added to RoofCalculator main screen
  • Ability to add paragraphs to saved proposals

03-21-2008 RoofCalcWriter 10 released

  • Many small features added

03-21-2008 RoofCalculator 7 released

  • Added ability to create a detail material price list
  • Ability to do detail pricing or per square pricing
  • Option to round your bid prices up to the next full dollar
  • Option to round your material units up to the next full unit
  • Option to total your squares up the next full square
  • Option to add waste to your squares for valleys, hips and rakes
  • Added more fields to quick bid and the ability to save materials used often
  • Handy for adding materials you use on every job
  • New program updater to get the latest software updates with just a click
  • Print your pricelist, your detail costs and work orders
  • Get an online map to the address on your bid with just a click. (Choose from 3 map providers)
  • Get an online weather report to your location with just a click.(Choose from 3 weather providers)
  • Two new fields added to your address book. (Personal and Suppliers)

08-04-2007 Classy Writer 3.5 released

  • Document rulers for document layout for both top and bottom
  • Change the paragraph left and right indent margins by sliding the margin indicators located on the ruler tool bar
  • Word Wrap, Three different styles of word wrap
  • Print Preview, See how your documents will look before printing
  • Print Layout support, Header, footer support along with paper size, margins, etc
  • Recent files, To conviently open the last 8 files you have used. The last file you have used will be at the top of the list
  • HighLight selected text any color
  • SuperScript/SubScript For that special text layout
  • Format Painter To easily copy text formating
  • Insert symbols, Choose from over 200 symbols to insert
  • Date and or time, Choose from 14 date-time formats
  • Capture pictures Special bonus snapshot or lasoo pictures or portions of pictures from anywhere
  • Insert Tables, Set the number of rows, columns, column width, center the table
  • Quick Squares Calculator to quickly total squares
  • Multi-Function Calculator A handy multi-function calculator for calculations
  • Optionally enter the totals into Classy Writer

06-02-2007 RoofCalcWriter 9.1 released

  • Combined New RoofCalculator 6.4, Price Per Square and Classy Writer into one program

05-12-2007 RoofCalculator 6.4 updated

  • Bug fixed where duplicates were being added to address book

04-29-2007 RoofCalculator 6.4 updated

  • Ability to add and remove roof pitch at anytime
  • Quick Bid form, when entering roof measurements is un-needed
  • Added templates for different roofing types
  • Added numbers detail form to compare actual bid numbers
  • Added pitch and wasted detail form to view how much is added for waste and roof pitch
  • Ability to save and recall all bid numbers (not just totals)
  • Added new viewer window to aid in editing Job Cost grid
  • Added floating Price Per Square window to aid entering price per square
  • More roof pitches added 2/12 to 24/12
  • Improved Print layouts
  • Added ability to add roof prices to Email body with just a click
  • Added ability to open email from main screen
  • Context sensitive help to get help on the currently active item
  • All new toolbar buttons
  • Price Per Square headings can all be changed
  • Added roofing felt grid to Price Per Square
  • 3 Popup calculators added to Price Per Square

09-04-2006 Classy Writer 2.1 released

  • Added Spell Check
  • Added Undo
  • Added Redo
  • Added select all

09-13-2004 RoofCalculator 5.1 released

  • Original RoofCalculater created and released

Roof estimating software comparisons

Roof Software

Roof estimating software comparison
X = No
Yes = Yes

RoofCalcWriter 10.8 contains every feature and does everything in one package !

Feature Classy Writer RoofCalculator 7.1 RoofCalWriter 10.8
easy roof estimating Classy writer RoofCalculator 7 RoofCalcwriter
Produce a detail material list X Yes Yes
Month-Year-Calendar Yes Yes Yes
Totals Roof Measurements X Yes Yes
Get an online map Yes Yes Yes
Get an online weather report Yes Yes Yes
Create and print a price list X Yes Yes
Add waste for hips and valleys X Yes Yes
Produce detail pricing X Yes Yes
Calculate Price Per Square X Yes Yes
Quick Bid X Yes Yes
Numbers detail form X Yes Yes
Roof pitch detail form X Yes Yes
Add and remove roof pitch X Yes Yes
Roof Templates X Yes Yes
Context sensitive help Yes Yes Yes
Design custom letter head Yes Yes Yes
Design custom letter head Yes X Yes
Create custom documents Yes X Yes
Saves work created Yes Yes Yes
Address book Yes Yes Yes
Send emails Yes Yes Yes
Email proposals & other documents Yes X Yes
Backup bid files to a flash drive X X Yes
Backup data files to a flash drive X X Yes
Automatically backup bid & data files X X Yes
Send comments, ideas thru our server X X Yes
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Discontinued Discontinued

We have discontinued Classy Writer and RoofCalculator as stand alone software programs effective 11-04-08. For customers who purchased these programs we will continue support indefinitely.

Why ?
99% of purchases have been for RoofCalcWriter which combines these programs. We have decided that our time would be better spent improving just one product.

This will greatly improve the time between upgrades and in the end make more improvements in less time. We are working on many new features and improvements.
Better for us and better for our customers.
Read our version history here..
For customers who purchased these programs and have concerns, let us know here... As our policy we will respond promptly.

Roof pitches that can be walked

Roof pitches you can walk on

Do not attempt to walk on these roofs on any pitch !
Moss on a roof that is wet from dew or recent rain.
Frost, snow or ice on the roof

What roof pitch that can be walked on can be determined by many things. Including the following:

Clean and dry soft soled sneakers are usually the best.

Roofing material type
Many materials give better foot grip than others
Concrete tile comes in many textures and designs.
Slate tile is smooth and more slippery than shake tile that has a rough surface

Roofing material condition.
Worn roofing materials can affect on your footing (especially composition shingles with loose   granules) or wood shakes that can be worn and loose and may slide out.

In this example we will use the most widely used roofing material in good condition:
Composition Shingles
Roof Pitch 3/12 to 6/12
Can be walked easily

Roof Pitch 7/12
Can be walked easily, but with caution

Roof Pitch 8/12 to 10/12
Can be walked, but with extreme caution and not advisable.

Roof Pitch 12/12 and above
Cannot be walked on

See Visual Examples of roof pitch: Here
How to determine your roof pitch: Here

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Roof Calculator software download frequently asked questions

Roof Calculator Download Frequently Asked Questions


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Roof Calculator Writer 10.8
Version 10.8 RoofCalcWriter 10.8
Release Date: Nov 18,2016
OS: Windows XP,7,8 & 10
Size: 8806kb
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  • Get a complete detailed roofing material list.
  • Figure any kind of roofing material.
  • Create and print a detail price list.
  • Full illustrated context sensitive help.
  • Button click a weather report.
  • Add waste to your materials.
  • Round material units to the next full unit.
  • Click a button to add for pitch (2/12 to 24/12).
  • Save and recall all your detail calculations.
  • Automatic free program updates.
  • Full Money back guarantee.