A brake is a machine that is used to bend metal sheets or other roofing materials to form customized shapes for use in roofing applications. The brake machine consists of a flat work surface, a clamping system to hold the material in place, and a bending mechanism that can create the desired angles and shapes.
Roofing contractors and manufacturers use brakes to fabricate custom pieces of roofing material, such as flashing, gutters, and downspouts. By using a brake, roofers can create pieces that fit perfectly to the unique dimensions of a building’s roof and provide better protection against water infiltration.
Brakes can be operated manually or with the assistance of a computerized system that can program and automate the bending process. They can also be adapted to work with a variety of materials, including aluminum, copper, steel, and other types of metal roofing materials. The use of a brake is an important tool in the roofing industry, enabling contractors to create custom pieces that provide the best protection and performance for a building’s roof.