24-Gauge vs. 26-Gauge Metal Roofing: Which Is Better for Your Project?

24-gauge and 26-gauge steel are common throughout the metal roofing industry, but which is the better choice for your home or building?

Steel thickness is measured by gauge. Thicker material is less susceptible to oil canning and has more structural strength, but it’s also the more expensive option. In today’s Q&A Monday, Thad Barnette is joined by Jeff Hock of the Sheffield Metals Technical Department to learn the differences between two common steel metal roofing thicknesses: 24-gauge and 26-gauge steel. They compare price, formability, durability against harsh weather, and more.

Topics covered:

  • What do 24 and 26-gauge mean when it comes to metal roofing thickness? – 0:19
  • Is 24-gauge metal more expensive than 26-gauge? – 0:51
  • What are the performance benefits of 24-gauge over 26? – 1:23
  • Will 24-gauge stand up to extreme weather better than 26? – 2:06
  • Which gauge of metal is easier to work with for a contractor? – 3:05
  • Are there similar color and finish options for 24 and 26-gauge? – 4:47
  • Is 26-gauge used for face-fastened systems more than standing seam? – 5:36
  • How would your project location affect your choice of gauge for metal? – 8:08

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