Laser Measuring Tools for Roof Estimating

If you are a contractor or do-it-yourselfer, you need to have a rough idea as to how big your roof is before you can start buying materials and making repairs.

Fluke 411D

Laser measuring tools allow you to measure a hard-to-access area such as a roof.Laser measuring tools allow you to measure a hard-to-access area such as a roof.
Determining the quantity of roofing supplies you need will help you make a budget for the project. But it can be difficult to get up on a roof and hand-measure it. Laser distance measurers, however, can make this process easier.

The Fluke 411D Laser Distance Meter allows you to point the laser towards either a target point or the end of the item you wish to measure. This meter comes with a liquid crystal display (LCD), which allows you to read the data on the meter even in full daylight. You can measure distances up to 100 feet, including areas that are either hard or dangerous to access. The Fluke 411D Laser Distance Meter is accurate to within 1/18 inch, and it automatically determines square footage and volume of an area. This tool, which you operate with a single button, automatically turns off when not in use. As of 2010 it cost about $110.

Prexiso X2

This tool for contractors, do-it-yourselfers and industry professionals allows you to obtain measurements for area, distance and volumes. The Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measurer helps you measure rooms, windows, attics, ductwork and roofs. You can measure distances up to 100 feet and get readings in feet, meters or inches. It is accurate to within 1/8 inch. You can add and subtract measurements on this tool. The model number for this device, which comes with its own carrying case and strap, is 3350. As of 2010 the Prexiso X2 Laser Distance Measurer cost about $100.

Bosch DLR130K

You can measure distances up to 130 feet away with the Bosch DLR130K Laser Distance Measurer, which is accurate to within 1/16 inch. This tool for industry professionals is suitable for both inside and outside measurements. It comes with its own carrying case. You can measure distances and calculate area and volume with this tool. The Bosch DLR130K Laser Distance Measurer is only 4 inches long, which means it will fit in most pockets and tool belts. As of 2010 it cost about $100.

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