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Hot v. Cold Rolled Steel: Do You Know the Difference?

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Hot Rolled Steel (LEFT) and Cold Rolled Steel (RIGHT)

There is often a misconception regarding hot versus cold rolled steel and when it comes to designing with steel, form must meet function. To create quality, high-end furniture we make sure the proper materials are applied to every piece and hope to educate you through our experience in the fabrication process.

HOT ROLLED STEEL

Hot rolling is a mill process which involves heating the metal to above 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it to be easily shaped and formed. After, the steel is cooled causing it to shrink or change in size or shape giving you less control over the final product. This is partly why hot rolled steel is typically cheaper than cold rolled. Hot rolled steel is often used when precise shapes are not required. Our Swag Room shelving units for Legendary Entertainment used hot rolled steel which you can see from the matte finish and textured appearance.

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Legendary Entertainment ‘Swag Room’ Custom Hot Rolled Steel Shelving Units

3 ways to identify hot rolled steel:

  1. Scaly finish
  2. Rounded edges on barstock
  3. A non-oily surface

Typical Furniture Applications:

Wall panels, shelving units, table tops, table legs, and much more.

View hot rolled steel projects here.

COLD ROLLED STEEL

Cold rolled steel process begins the same as hot rolled but instead, it is cooled at room temperature, then followed by an annealing or tempers rolling. The additional processing allows for a range in finishes, and closer precision in finished sizes.Process. Temperatures are close to room temperature during the cold rolled process and increase the strength of the finished product by as much as 20 percent. Often times, the term cold rolled is used to describe all forms of steel, but this is incorrect. For Ground Zero’s workstations, we required specific sizes and pieces for the station to have the highest quality and durability. You can see we used cold rolled steel by the shiny finish and the consistency in texture.

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Custom Cold Rolled Steel Workstations by dTank

3 ways to identify cold rolled steel:

  1. Oily or greasy finish
  2. Very smooth surface
  3. Very sharp edges on bar stock.

Typical furniture applications:

Storage units, table tops, legs, shelves, chairs, and more.

View cold rolled steel projects here.

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