Hot Rolled Steel vs. Cold Rolled Steel


Materials 101


When choosing materials for a job, it is important to know the difference between the different types of steel available, how it is used and the advantages of including it in your industrial or construction project. This article will explain the differences between hot rolled steel and cold rolled steel, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each, and will tell you where you can purchase high quality materials, whether you are in Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island.

Hot Rolled Steel A rolling process at temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit is use to create hot rolled steel. Steel products in Massachusetts that have been processed in this manner will have a blue gray finish that feels rough to the touch.

Hot Rolled Steel


A rolling process at temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit is use to create hot rolled steel. Steel products in Massachusetts that have been processed in this manner will have a blue gray finish that feels rough to the touch.

Hot rolled steel actually reconfigures itself during the cooling process, giving the finished product looser tolerances than the original material and when compared to cold rolled steel products. Hot rolled steel is more malleable, allowing it to be forced into a variety of different shapes.

This makes hot rolled steel a good choice for the manufacturing of structural components, such as I beams or simple cross sections, such as rail tracks. It is also used to produce sheet metal.

Cold Rolled Steel


A rolling process at temperatures that are close to normal room temperature are used to create cold rolled steel. This increases the strength of the finished product through the use of strain hardening by as much as 20 percent. High quality steel that has been processed in this manner has a gray finish that feels smooth to the touch.

The cold rolled process creates a finished product that is more precise dimensionally than a hot rolled product. This is because it is already closer to the finished dimension since it has already gone through the cooling process.

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