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Why You Need Hot Rolled Steel

January 28, 2013

In our earlier blog “Why You Need Cold Rolled Steel”, we gave you a good overview of how our clients utilize our high quality cold rolled steel. This time around, it is hot rolled steels turn.

With hot rolled steel, the difference is of course the temperate during rolling. Hot rolling happens when the steel, usually in large slabs, blooms, or billets, is above the recrystallization temperature. The steel must be at a certain temperature, 90-180° F, in order to be hot rolled. Some of the things that set hot rolled steel apart include:

  • Finishing tolerances looser than cold rolled
  • Almost ½ the price of cold rolled
  • Less deformation induced residual stresses, unless cooling is non-uniformed
  • More monitoring to guarantee the proper temperature
  • Better for blacksmithing

In general, we find that customers in the building and construction industries will go with hot rolled because of price and because they do not demand as exacting tolerance for things like sheet metal and simple cross sections. Because of these reasons, hot rolled steel finds its way into a wide variety of projects, both big and small.

If you want to find out which type of steel is right for you, check out both of our blogs or better yet, contact a rolled steel expert today at MAXX Metals. Remember, we’ll never sell you something that isn’t perfect for your needs.


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