Cold Rolled Steel

Cold Rolled Steel

Cold rolled steel, also known as cold-formed steel or CFS, is shaped at room temperature, as opposed to hot rolled steel, which is heated past its recrystallization temperature before shaping. Cold rolled steel is used in automotive manufacturing, architecture, and anywhere strength and aesthetics are a concern. The cold working makes this metal stronger and more resistant to bending than hot rolled steel.

You can find any kind of steel, including cold rolled, at the Short Iron Store. Our goal is to give you the right metal for the job, whether you’re looking for something malleable for artwork, or something unyielding for construction projects. We strive to provide the very best products and services. Call us today to learn more about the metals we sell!


How Cold Rolled Steel is Made

Cold rolled steel is similar to hot rolled steel, but there are a few more steps involved in its manufacturing. It is rolled, pressed, stamped, and bent at room temperature, which maintains the strength and integrity of the steel. Next, the metal is processed further in cold reduction mills and allowed to cool after annealing and rolling. The finished product is shaped into flat sheets, coil products, and bars.

Cold-finished bars have been cold drawn and turned, ground, and polished. This extra processing has the following advantages:

  • Cold Drawing. This increases the yield and tensile strengths of the steel, and takes away the need for more expensive reheating processes.
  • This process does away with surface imperfections.
  • This narrows the original size tolerance range.
  • This is another step that improves surface finish.

Cold rolled steel has a smoother surface finish than rolled steel. It is also much harder to work with in bar form because of its higher carbon content. When in sheet form, it is actually a bit softer than hot rolled steel.

Because of its strength and refined appearance, cold rolled steel is used to create things like shafts, machinery, bolts, pinions, gears, furniture, and other consumer goods that need to be tough and look good.


Properties of Cold Rolled Steel

There are many properties that might make cold rolled steel the best option for your project. Even though it is a strong metal, it is relatively lightweight and easy to prefabricate and mass produce. It is easy to erect and install, and its resilience allows it to resist most weather conditions, minimizing weather delays.

Cold rolled steel does not shrink at ambient temperatures. It requires no formwork, and is immune to termites, rot, and combustion. It is also a recyclable material.


Uses for Cold Rolled Steel

The construction industry uses cold rolled steel for a number of structural items, like beams, joists, studs, and floor decking. It has also been used to build bridges, storage racks, grain bins, car bodies, railway cars, transmission towers, drainage facilities, firearms, and equipment of all kinds.

Due to its strength and uniform appearance, this steel has become a favorite among builders. It is the basis for steel-frame houses, pools, and commercial buildings. It is considered to be a green resource because it is renewable and promotes energy efficiency wherever it is installed.


Buy Cold Rolled Steel at the Short Iron Store!

We have cold rolled steel available, along with many other steels, aluminums, and specialty metals. Not sure which one you need? Our team is always available to help you choose the right material for your project. We supply the metal, cut it, transport it, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Our mission is to help bring your ideas to life through superior products and services. Call the Short Iron Store today!

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