Most people would have no idea what you were referring to if you mentioned a gutter machine. Say those two words–gutter and machine–to any old person on the street, and my guess is that you will receive a blank look in response. As a matter of fact, not more than a few days ago, I had no idea what a gutter machine was. So, if you’re confused, don’t worry. You’re in good company.
So, if you’re like me, you might assume that gutter machines help roofers do their jobs. Gutter machines help keep homeowners happy. You’d be right. But how does it help roofers? A layman might assume that a gutter machine helps roofers to attach gutters to a house, gluing or screwing the gutters into the house structure. Or, he or she might think the gutter machine helps form raw metal into the shape of a gutter: molding, pressing, bending. Or, he or she might surmise that a gutter machine impresses decorative shapes onto the gutter’s surface. In truth, the gutter machine does some of these very things. Basically, the gutter machine can do amazing things.
I have heard a gutter machine described as a mix between a metal construction production machine, a fancy Play-dough set, and a 3D printer. Try to picture that! What kind of machine did you come up with? Something wild and crazy? Well, yes, the gutter machine can do crazy–in a certain sense–things, but it’s all much more normal, more useful than you might think. Let me explain. Let’s return to my earlier statement comparing the gutter machine to three things. Let’s start with a 3D machine. To work, a 3D printer needs specifications. Similarly, a gutter machine needs the measurements desired for the gutter to be produced. After the measurements are entered into the machine, the gutter machine is ready to produce. The roofer will feed the raw, unshaped metal into the machine. What happens afterward seems amazing.
The gutter machine turns that piece of raw metal into a correctly-shaped gutter that the roofer can then easily affix to the sides of the house. The gutter produced can be of the seamless variety. Seamless gutters lack, obviously, seams. Why is this important. Well, the seams can often be difficult for the roofer to work with and can add complication to a job. Seamless gutters, then, can be considered superior. In this way, a gutter machine is like a Play Dough set. A Play Dough set can turn a blob of material into specific shapes. In more complex Play Dough sets, these shapes then become part of a larger whole. In the same way, a gutter machine can turn a formless piece of metal into a perfectly shaped gutter that then becomes part of the house, specifically a part that supports the roof. In the same way, the gutter machine is like a machine that produces metal constructions: metal gutters, of course.