A siding brake is a handy tool that can help with siding and roofing jobs. These are large pieces of equipment that are used for bending aluminum siding, vinyl siding, and aluminum pieces for wrapping window frames and putting down flashing. They can also be used to bend any type of ductile metal. Aluminum is usually used during a siding job in one way or another.
Design and Function:
A siding brake is usually a large piece of equipment that has a long flat mouth and a hand-movable bending piece. Either a piece of siding or a long piece of aluminum is fed into the mouth of the brake and the movable bending section is brought down to make the bend. The brake can create different angle bends depending on how far it is brought down.
Hand brakes are a hand held variation of a siding brake this is used for making bends in small pieces of aluminum. These pieces of equipment have two flat pieces that are used to grab the piece of ductile metal and bend it.
Window wrapping is one of the main uses of a siding brake. The outside moldings or frame pieces of windows are usually not covered by the siding material (for instance the aluminum or vinyl siding) and are thus vulnerable to inclement weather and moisture. Putting aluminum pieces over the outside of a window helps to protect it from the elements. It is also esthetically pleasing and gives the roof a finished look.
Sometimes siding itself needs to be bent in order to better fit it to a building. A siding brake can be used to create bends in the siding for bottom pieces, trim for roof edges, corner pieces, and so on. There are a lot siding situations that require bends and brakes come in handy here.