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What gauge metal is best for residential roofing

When choosing the correct metal gauge for residential roofing, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. The thickness of the metal, also known as the gauge, will determine the durability and longevity of your roof. There are many roofing panels, each of a different thickness.

Why It’s Important to Know About Gauge (Thickness) Of a Metal Roof

American manufacturers use the gauge to indicate the thickness of metal roof panels. The thickest gauge is 22 gauge, while the thinnest is 29 gauge.

As a homeowner, it is essential to understand the gauge and thickness of a metal roofing system to choose the right one. Legacy Service will provide expert advice to assist you in the selection process. There are three options: 22, 24, 26, or 29. Continue reading for more information about the pros and cons of each option, as well as average prices.

Metal Roofing Gauge Sizes: 22, 24, 26, 29

Thicker metal roofing gauge will typically cost more for your residential home. Many people believe thicker roofs are better. However, it all depends on the building’s construction and its location.



  • 22 is the preferred choice for metal roofing by homeowners because:
  • It is the thickest and provides more protection for certain types of buildings.
  • It is resistant to the elements, such as high winds and severe weather conditions.


  • This is the most expensive option.


  • It’s the thickest of the types, so 22 tends to be the most expensive.



People choose 24 for the following reasons:


  • This is another costly option.


  • Due to its thickness of inches, it’s another costly option.



  • 26 are the most popular choices for property owners because:
  • 26 gauge metal is the industry standard in most commercial and residential roofing applications.
  • It is thinner and structurally stronger than 29 but less expensive than 22 or 24.


  • It’s thin so it is not the best choice if you live near extreme weather conditions like high winds or severe storms.


  • It is lighter than 22 and 24 so it tends not to be as expensive, but it is also more costly than 29.



29 is the preferred choice for homeowners because:

  • It’s often the least expensive option for a metal roof because it has the smallest thickness.
  • For residential properties, 29-gauge panels will usually be more than enough.


  • It will not be as durable in extreme weather conditions.


  • It is the most affordable option for metal roofing thickness.

When  Should You Choose the Thicker Panel?

While thicker panels may be more robust than thinner ones, this does not necessarily mean they are more vigorous. It all depends on the type and location of the building as well as the customer’s priorities.

Thicker panels are recommended if you have a pole barn or post-frame structure. These open-framed structures can be used for storage, warehouses, and barns. Post frames often lack structural sheathing, so roof panels must span between supporting purlins and trusses. For years, lighter gauge panels like 22, 24, and 26 gauge sheets will be more structurally sound.

When  Should You Choose the Thinner Panel?

A layer of plywood or sheathing is usually installed in most homes. This layer is covered with a weather-resistant barrier. To keep the sheathing dry, metal panels are attached to it. A panel of 29 gauge would suffice for most homes since they don’t serve a structural purpose. We recommend a thinner panel if you live in an area with less severe weather. However, a thicker panel might be a better choice to prevent hailstorms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Roofing Gauges

Metal roofing gauges are a complex topic. We get tons of questions from people considering metal roofing for their homes. These are the most common questions that customers ask. For any other questions, call us to set up a consultation.

What Gauge Metal Roofing Is Best for Houses?

It all depends on where you live. However, most American homes with metal roofs use 29 gauge panels. The minor panels, at 29 gauge, are also the most affordable. You don’t usually need thicker panels for houses, so 29 gauge is the best option unless your area experiences hailstorms throughout each year.

What Gauge of Metal Roofing Should I Use?

Your needs will determine the gauge of metal roofing that you should use. The thickness of your roofing panels will depend on where you live, the structure of your building, and the climate in your area. Contact us today to find out which type of standing seam roofing is best for you. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our techs, who will discuss all your needs.

How Do You Measure Sheet Metal Thickness?

A measuring tape and a simple conversion method can be used to determine the thickness of sheet metal. First, use the tape measure to determine the thickness of your sheet metal in millimeters. Using a measuring tape will give you the best measurement. Then multiply the number in millimeters by 0.03937. The new measurement would be 1.5748 inches if your original measurement were 40mm.

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Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular due to their durability, longevity, and energy efficiency. With a metal roof installed by Old Time Roofing, you can be sure knowing that your home is protected from the elements for years to come. Our team uses only the highest-quality materials and equipment to ensure that your roof is built to last.

If you require a new roof, consider choosing Old Time Roofing for your metal roof installation needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our metal roof installation services.

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Old Time Roofing is a dedicated team of experts that can help you with the following:

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Refrain from entrusting your roofing needs to just anyone. With Old Time Roofing, you can rest easy knowing that your roof is in capable hands. 

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