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12 Gauge or 14 Gauge- Which is best for my next project?



What are the differences between 12 gauge and 14 gauge framing? The answer is simple; thickness.

What’s the difference between 14 gauge and 12 gauge steel framing? The answer to that question is very simple; strength and value. Stronger framing means your structure will last for decades and will add value to your property longer.

The first thing to understand is the gauge system. Gauge is the measurement used to measure the thickness of steel. In the gauge system the higher the number the thinner the steel. As an example, 12 gauge steel is thicker and stronger than 14 gauge steel.

Many first time buyers of metal buildings ask about the difference in the 14 and 12 gauge steel framing.

Our most economical option is the 14 gauge steel framing, measuring 2 ½” x 2 ½” in diameter. The 14-gauge steel is the industry standard of frame thickness and the most nationally accepted gauge for carport and metal structures.

Our 12 gauge framing is 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” in diameter and has a higher tensile strength that provides higher snow load and wind load ratings. Which is why we recommend the 12 gauge steel for areas with heavy snow and high winds, as well as buildings 10’ and taller or more than 30’ in width.

Remember, both 12-ga and 14-ga are safe for metal carports, metal garages, metal buildings, RV covers, and barns.

Our 12 and 14 gauge galvanized steel frames are a much better material to use versus wood. This is because steel is fire resistant, lighter, more structurally sound, termite proof, and can accommodate larger spans using our galvanized metal trusses.

If you encounter questions or would like to speak to a building specialist about which gauge you should you on your next metal building project, please give us a call at 1-800-688-6151 or send us a message.


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