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I live in the Florida Keys. Most of the contractors are quoting and installing 26 gage roofs. I am having difficulty getting a quote on 24 gage panels. Also I am afraid if a contractor agrees to 24 gage that he might install 26 gage(either on purpose or by mistake. Do you thing 26 gage is OK for the Florida Keys?
If the products have Dade County NOA and are installed appropriately, I am not sure you will see a huge difference in performance. That said, certainly, all other factors the same, a heavier product will ultimately outperform a lighter product but the question you must ask is at what point "good" good enough? To be honest, I'd give some serious consideration to aluminum products rather than steel in your climate and conditions.
+1 to Todd's comments above. I would rather have a 26 gauge installed properly than a 24 gauge done less than perfect.
At the end of the day, the 24 should hold up better if all things being considered are equal, but the reality is that is hardly ever the case.
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