Cold rolled steel is hot rolled steel that has been further processed. Once hot rolled steel has cooled, usually at or below its recrystallization point, it is then annealed and re-rolled at room temperature to achieve more exact thickness, higher strength & hardness, and better surface qualities. Besides altering mechanical properties, the cold rolling process produces steel with tighter tolerances and greater dimensional accuracy than hot rolled steel. It also tends to be more available in lighter gauges and is better suited for applications that require a more visually appealing finish.
Cold Rolled Carbon Steel Applications
Because of its excellent dimensional tolerance and press formability, cold rolled carbon steel is typically used in a wide range of structures and applications such as machinery framing, ductwork, construction, and other varieties of industrial applications.
Typically, carbon steel is used where it is not exposed to external elements due to the risk of the material oxidizing. Cold rolled carbon steel is best suited for more technically precise applications, such as electronics, appliances, automotive use, office furniture, and construction.
Types of Cold Rolled Carbon Steel
Cold rolled carbon steel comes in a variety of carbon content levels:
- Low-Carbon Steel—Also known as mild steel, contains less than .3% of carbon. It is highly formable, making it effective for applications that require a great amount of bending and forming.
- Medium-Carbon Steel—Contains anywhere from .3% to.6% carbon, which makes it stronger and more durable for applications such as automotive manufacturing.
- High-Carbon Steel—Consists of .61% to 1.5% carbon, which changes its physical properties significantly. With higher carbon content, the steel becomes stronger and harder than the lower carbon steels; however, this material exhibits less ductility.
Additionally, the cold rolling and annealing process that the steel undergoes produces different levels of hardness:
- Dead soft
- ¼ Hard
- Half Hard
- Full Hard
The specific hardness required depends on the particular application that the material will be used for.
Premium Steel Sales stocks and sources a large amount of cold rolled steel, including master coils that we can slit to width and pre-cut sheets, that will fit your specific application. We can help you choose the proper grade and hardness level of cold rolled steel for your specific need based on the fabrication method and type of environment in which the material will be used. We also offer various processing services, including slitting to width (narrow slitting is also available), coil spinning for inspection, and both; cut to length and multi-blanking capabilities.
Customized Quotes For Cold Rolled Steel By The Truckload
Premium Steel Sales is eager to supply the steel for your next big job. We provide customized quotes, including cold rolled steel in truckload quantities. The combination of our robust in-stock inventory, comprehensive product selection, and highly competitive pricing positions us to play a key role with our customers in reducing their costs and improving their bottom line. This approach to partnering with our customers has established us as one of the most flexible and reliable steel providers throughout the Midwest and Southern U.S. We also offer custom quotes for half-truckload and less-than-truckload orders.
We work with a large network of steel mills as well as other suppliers to provide a wide range of flat rolled carbon and coated steel products. We carefully monitor steel supply chains daily to ensure that our inventory is well maintained, and new material is incoming constantly. We have over 10,000 tons of steel in-stock at our Cleveland processing and storage facility as well as at other steel processors throughout the Midwest and Southern U.S. We are continually improving and expanding our inventory and roster of suppliers to enable us to stock and ship exactly what customers need when they need it. We do whatever it takes to ensure the satisfaction of our clients.
Call Premium Steel Sales for special pricing on steel by the truckload for your next project or ongoing production and fabrication needs. We will work very closely with you to gain a good understanding of your requirements. We will help you solve material sourcing challenges by identifying the best steel products for your needs at the best price point. We also help curb costs and reduce lead times with value-added services, such as multi-blanking, slitting, and cut-to-length leveling. We deliver exceptional customer service and attentiveness throughout the entire process, from initial quote through delivery. Typical turnaround time ranges from one to two weeks; however, material is ready to be shipped within a few days or less in many instances.