At All-American Buildings & Carports, our partner manufacturers use 29-gauge sheet metal and 12-gauge or 14-gauge steel tubing to construct our carports, metal buildings, RV parking bays, agriculture buildings and more. What does that mean, and why do customers trust us to deliver a quality product?
Gauge refers to the thickness of the steel, measured in millimeters. The lower the gauge, the thicker and stronger the sheet metal and steel tubing will be to ensure your modern metal building withstands the harshest weather conditions.
Here’s a breakdown of why the gauge of steel matters, and how All-American’s metal buildings and steel carports offer our customers the best protection and value on the market today.
Galvanized Steel vs. Regular Steel
Our manufacturers use wholesale galvanized steel materials to refine raw steel coil into carport building components, including square tubing, sheet metal, anchors, trim and more. Galvanized steel is regular steel sheets coated in zinc to make them rust-resistant.
All-American manufacturers work exclusively with either Beckers or Sherwin Williams, both big brand names in the building industry, to apply the best protective coating to the steel materials used to construct our buildings.
29-Gauge Sheet Metal vs. 26-Gauge Sheet Metal
We use 29-gauge sheet metal, which is comparable to traditional metal sheeting used on pole barns, garages and other buildings not used as living quarters. Whereas, 26-gauge sheet metal is used more often as a residential roofing material.
Customers often ask why we don’t use the thicker, lower-gauge sheet metal to construct our carports and metal buildings. It’s because 26-gauge sheet metal is more expensive, and it’s really only used in home construction or in a building you plan to live in.
For carports, barns, garages, commercial storage buildings, RV covers and more, the 29-gauge sheet metal is the colored metal used for roofing, siding, trim, corner caps and all of the roof pieces that go around the roofline to seal up the building.
While the density between 29-gauge sheet metal is less thick than 26-gauge, the 29-gauge steel is the industry standard because it’s more malleable and easier to obtain. Both materials provide the same integrity and are backed by the same warranties, but 29-gauge is less expensive and provides better value to our customers.
12-Gauge Steel Tubing vs. 14-Gauge Steel Tubing
Our manufacturers use steel tubing to construct the overall skeleton of the metal building. This includes the base rail that anchors the building to the ground, the vertical uprights and overhead rafters that give structure to the building, and any framing for windows, doors, cutouts or walkways.
Most manufacturers construct the steel tubing with either 12-gauge or 14-gauge steel. Again, the lower 12-gauge steel is more dense and durable than the lighter 14-gauge steel.
At All-American, we price all of our buildings with 14-gauge steel as it’s the least expensive option, but we always offer customers a choice to upgrade to 12-gauge steel at competitive rates. For customers who live in states with heavy snow each winter or with high winds and storms, a 12-gauge building certified for snow and wind offers better protection.
Square Tubing vs. Round or Rectangular Tubing
In the steel building industry, square tubing ranks as a top-of-the-line choice. It’s the best material to use when constructing a metal building that’s built to last. All-American only works with manufacturers who exclusively use square tubing.
Think of it this way: Steel tubing is best, round tubing falls in the better category, and a plastic canvas canopy lands in the good category. Round tubing is thinner and less versatile, as you can only make a semi circle and sit it on top of the ground, and a plastic canopy offers only limited protection for a short amount of time. Square tubing, on the other hand, is more sturdy, durable, longer-lasting and can be manipulated for a variety of uses.
Some companies also make rectangular tubing, which used to be more popular a few years ago, but square tubing now offers better versatility and a lower cost. For instance, if you’re buying a VersaTube DIY steel building kit, you’re paying more for a product that we can do better and at a lower cost.
While steel is steel at the end of the day, we believe the manufacturing process and the quality of our steel matters greatly when it comes to providing the best protection and value to our All-American customers. Call All-American today at 833-931-0590.