Cold-Formed Or Hot Rolled Steel?

HR or CF Steel - Markham MetalsAt the beginning of every new job, project, or contract it is important to know which materials you’ll need and which materials will suit the specific job at hand. This is especially important if you are a contractor that frequently bids on projects, as it is imperative to have not only the lowest cost to build, but also have the materials that will not only look aesthetically pleasing but materials that can also stand the test of time against any exterior conditions as well as wear and tear.

Cold-Formed & Hot Rolled Steel, What’s The Difference?

Okay, so your first initial thought might be if both products are made from steel what is the actual difference? While this initial thought is correct as these products start off as simple steel, the difference lies in the finished product, as well as the varied uses for each applicable product. Learn more about how CF & HR Steel are similar in nature but differ vastly in terms of use.

Cold-Formed Steel

Cold-Formed steel is a straightforward metal forming process that greatly strengthens steel products. These products are made by rolling or pressing steel into semi-finished or finished goods at relatively low temperatures

Here are some benefits of using CF Steel:

  • Won’t Shrink or Split
  • Formed Without Heat
  • Moisture Resistant
  • Resits Warping
  • Fire Resistant
  • Known for strength and ductility

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Hot Rolled Steel

Hot rolled steel is processed at a mill with high temperatures. It is great for projects that do not demand exact dimensions as the steel will shrink as it cools. This type of steel is good for general contractors as the process less time consuming and less expansive than Cold Rolled Steel. Hot rolled steel is frequently used for laying rail lines, I-beams, and anywhere where precise dimensions are not required.

Here are some benefits of using HR Steel:

  • Less expensive than CF Steel
  • High Rate of Production
  • Useful in large scale industrial projects

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