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Generating a material list
Generating a material list

You can easily generate and edit a material list all from within your HOVER account

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Written by Kelly Hopson
Updated over a week ago

Generating your material list only takes a few seconds. Once your templates have been selected, we will automatically prepare a list of the material quantities for each trade, with default values for installation and waste preferences.

A material list can be created from any exterior HOVER measurement report, regardless of whether the measurements were extracted from photos or a blueprint, or as a roof-only or complete (roofing and siding) report.

Course: How to Create a Material List

Take advantage of this short, interactive walkthrough to learn how to create a material list, or continue reading below for an overview of how the process works.

While this feature is in Beta, we’d appreciate your feedback! Please fill out this feedback form to let us know what additional information or features in the Material List would be the most beneficial to you.

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Start a material list


Once you've received HOVER measurements for a property you can generate a material list from either the mobile or web app. Keep in mind, you can only edit a material list when logged in via the web app.

Navigate to the property and click Material list

  • From the My Properties page, open the property details and click the Material list button to begin

  • This will generate a list of templates for you to use

Can I start a material list before the HOVER measurements are ready?

While it is possible to click the Material List button and create a material list before receiving your property measurements, the items that depend on measurements will not display properly, and any non-measurement dependent items will show quantities of zero.

If you decide to generate a material list prior to receiving HOVER's measurements, you can either:

  • Click Recalculate Material List to manually enter measurements, or

  • Ensure more accurate material quantities are represented by clicking Recalculate Material List once HOVER property measurements are ready

Select a template


To find the template you need, you can search by the manufacturer, product line, trade, material type/substrate, and more! If you're still unable to find the template you’re looking for, you can request a specific template by selecting the "Need another template?" option.

Select the template(s) you want to use for each trade, based on your project scope:

  • If you have saved templates in the past you'll see them first, under the Custom heading or you can scroll down to choose from the HOVER Library

  • If you haven't saved templates yet, you'll only see the option to choose templates under the heading HOVER Library

  • Note: our manufacturer / branded templates are developed in collaboration with the manufacturers, themselves. We are actively working on partnerships to expand our HOVER Template Library of ready-made templates.

  • When finished, click Calculate material list

Note: if the job has roof only measurements, it will only be able to calculate roofing templates. Other trade templates will appear in the selection menu but if chosen, those values will show as 0.

Review the material list


Once your templates have been selected, HOVER will automatically prepare a list of the material quantities for each trade, with default values for installation and waste preferences.

Review the information provided and if you need to make edits to the material list, make sure you are logged in via the web app.

How to read the material list:

Recalculate material list

  • Selecting Recalculate material list near the top of the page will allow you to further edit or customize the list, updating project scope by selecting partial roofing or siding, updating waste, installation preferences (e.g. courses of I&W, metal flashing on the valleys, etc.), property scope and even accent siding.

    • NOTE: Completing the Recalculate Material List prompts will fully regenerate the material list, effectively overwriting any modifications previously made.

Quick links

  • You can easily reference your selected trades (i.e. Siding, Gutters, etc) by clicking the grey button(s) beside the Materials heading

    • Clicking the trade button(s), will help to quickly navigate to the line items for that trade

Line items

  • For each line item, you can make inline edits to the name, color/variation, quantities, etc. Plus, you can change the unit of measure by using the UoM selection dropdown menu

Calculation details (line item waste and coverage)

  • Click the calculator icon:

    • This pop-up screen allows you to see context for how we calculated the specific material line item and allows you to quickly view or adjust the waste factor or coverage for a particular line item.

      • Each template will have a default waste factor which you'll see in the Measurements column. The waste value set at the line item level will take precedence over the waste factor selected at the template level.

      • If you change the product of a line item, you need to ensure the coverage specified matches the selected product. It will not recalculate automatically based on product name changes.

      • To adjust the waste or coverage:

        • Click the calculator icon

        • Click into the Waste field, manually type your desired waste factor

        • Click into the Coverage field, manually type your desired value

        • Click Update

Unit costs

  • Material costs are not provided by default, so you can price out the items you sell or purchase. You can manually add in the costs for each line item by clicking into the unit cost field of each line item. You can also save these unit costs as part of your template for future use by using our Save as Template feature.

Total material costs

  • As unit costs are updated, the total cost for materials will be reflected in the box at the top of the material list:

Download and share


If you're satisfied with how your material list looks, download and share it with others. If you would like to make some additional changes, check out the article: Customizing a material list.

Still have questions? Reach out to our support team.

  • Call us (+1.844.754.6837). We're real people and ready to help!

  • Email us. We'll usually reply in about 30 min.

  • Chat with us. We generally answer in less than 3 mins. Click on the blue chat icon at the bottom right of your screen.

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