AG Panels Vs R Panels

AG and R panels have become quite a popular choice in the construction world, over the years. But when deciding which metal to choose between two, and for it to be cost effective, it can turn out to be quite a hassle. Continue reading to know more about the panels, how they are different from one another, and which one is the best choice for you.

What are AG and R panels

The AG panel is a corrugated metal sheet typically coated in zinc, to make it corrosion resistant (galvanized steel). Hence it offers exceptional strength and longevity, but also weather-resistance. Although the panel was originally used for the roofing and siding of agricultural structures, it has now become popular for residential and commercial buildings as well.

The R panel is a multi-use wall and roof panel that is used primarily in pre-engineered metal building applications. However, due to it being more affordable, readily available, and the wide range of designs it has to offer -without the strength being compromised – it has become quite in demand for the roofing and siding of residential and commercial buildings.

Differences between the two

Both panels are very similar, to the point that it often confuses people. I have listed some of the important factors of these panels and how they are different from each other, so you can decide which panel best meets your preference and standards.


Both panels come in a wide range of sizes and colors, giving way to creative architectural designs. The only difference between the two is that the AG panel gives your roof or wall a traditional metal look, and the R panel has 36” panels, with alternating raised ribs and flat areas


Made from high quality galvanized steel, the AG panel is resistant to corrosion, rust, and weathering. Because of this it provides reliable protection against elements such as harsh climates, and extreme temperatures. But since the R panel has a lesser gauge size compared to an AG panel, it is stronger.


The AG panel is engineered to last for decades, because of which it does not need frequent maintenance and replacements. Similarly, the R panel has a life span of 20-70 years. Hence both give the structure long lasting protection.


The AG panel, providing reliable protection against the elements, is more suitable for roofing systems. It can also be used as wall cladding, adding a sleek and modern look to any structure. To name some of its applications, the panel can be used in fencing, livestock enclosures, and storage facilities.

On the other hand, the R panel is used more as metal siding rather than metal roofing. And, it is used more in commercial projects than residential.

Wrap Up

The AG panel and R panel are both great, as well as cost-effective choices for the roofing or siding of a structure. However, due to their distinctness, they are most suitable for relevant projects. We, at Fort Bend Steel Supply, have both AG and R panels, with various color options. Panels like that, made of the highest quality at our Houston site, and sold at affordable prices, will leave you satisfied with your choice. So without further delay, give us a call at (281) 499-5800, for more information and a quote.

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