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Nov 14, 2019

What Are the Differences Between Two Top Steel Types?

Choosing cold-rolled or hot-rolled steel can change the price and quality of a project

Jordan Smith from Smith House & Company helps you decide whether you should use hot-rolled or cold-rolled steel on your projects.

Jordan Smith got his start working with Matt Risinger, and he now runs Smith House & Company, a custom design and build firm in Austin, Texas, with Veronica, his wife. 

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Smith says that most architectural projects that use steel choose either cold-rolled or hot-rolled steel. Hot-rolled is cheaper material, but it often changes sizes during the cooling process, according to Smith, which also introduces weakness. Some designers like the look of the mill scale that hot-rolled steel can take on, but it can provide a challenge if a builder wants to paint the steel. 

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Cold-rolled steel is higher quality than hot-rolled, boasting more accurate dimensions and greater strength due to the lower-temperature at which it was processed. 

Here’s an excerpt from the video: 

Today we're going to be talking about the differences between cold rolled and hot rolled jazzy. Howdy y'all. it's Jordan Smith's most of the projects that we do with architectural steel uses two main types of raw product that's either hot rolled or cold rolled a lot of people don't know what the difference between hot rolled and cold rolled is or why they should choose one over the other …

Learn more by watching the video above!

Annie Cebulski

Annie Cebulski is the associate editor of PRODUCTS.

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