Choosing The Right Steel For Your Projects: What You Should Know About Steel Processing

25 November 2015
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Steel is one of the most extensively used and versatile metals in the industrial and construction industries. However, what many people do not realize is that there are different types of steel available that have different functional and aesthetic properties. In order to be sure that you are choosing the right type of steel for your projects, you need to be aware of the differences and get to know how these different types of steel can impact you and your work. Then, you can go into your next project knowing you have the best materials for the job and to suit your specific goals.

Hot Rolled Steel Vs Cold Rolled Steel

One of the biggest differences in types of steel is whether the steel has been hot rolled or cold rolled. When steel is hot rolled, the metal is heated to extremely high temperatures that are in excess of what is known as the recrystallization temperature.

This heating process makes the steel more malleable and makes forming specific shapes much easier than it would be otherwise. This is the quickest and easiest way to manufacture steel and because of this, hot rolled steel is generally less expensive than the cold rolled alternative.

On the other hand, cold rolled steel is steel that has gone through the aforementioned heating process, but then goes through further processing and rolling at room temperature. The further processing once the steel has cooled allows the steel to be more precisely formed for very specific tolerances and precision shapes. The aesthetic value or finish of the steel can also be controlled so that the steel you work with has a specific look to it.

Essentially, hot pressed steel is used in projects that do not require precision or intricacy in design and shape. Cold pressed steel is used for projects requiring specific appearances or functions.

Recycled Versus New Steel

When it comes to recycled materials and products, many people worry that the recycled materials are somehow inferior to new products because they have been used previously. As such, they will spend more money on new products rather than consider the recycled alternatives.

Steel is the exception to the rule when it comes to these differences between recycled and new products and materials. Recycled steel is just as effective, strong, and useful as new steel. In fact, steel is the one metal that does not lose any of its metallurgic (or functional) properties when it is recycled.

The steel is simply melted down (hot rolled) and reformed into the shape or structure necessary. There is not a discernible difference between a recycled steel product and a new steel product. As such, you can choose whichever option without fear that you project's integrity will be compromised.

Now that you know more about the different types of steel, you can choose the right steel for your upcoming projects and get to work as soon as possible. To learn more, speak to a steel specialist, such as those at A & C Metals - Sawing.