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12 Tips for Bending Metal with a Bending Brake

A metal brake is the tool for bending custom metal flashing and decorative trim. Every siding contractor and most roofers have one. But a brake can come in handy for all sorts of projects. It seems like an imposing tool to master, but it’s really just a large clamp with a moving hinge. A quality brake costs $1,300 to $2,500, but you can rent one for about $50 a day or $200 a week. We’ll show you how a brake works, explain how to create basic profiles, and demonstrate some helpful tips so you can complete your project safely and without wasting a lot of expensive material.