What's the difference between hot-rolled and cold-rolled carbon sheet and coil? Let's dig into the specifics of each.

First, some basic definitions:

-Cold-rolled have their approximate required thickness obtained by rolling without heating at approximately room temperature.

-Hot-rolled are brought to approximate finished size by rolling at elevated temperatures This is considered a first-stage metal with minimal finishing and processing, as well as wider tolerances.


But did you know that there are different types of products within each category, all offering a unique type of finish? Your intended end use will ultimately determine which product to choose. Click along this graphic for more about the types of cold rolled and hot rolled sheet and coil products, as well as some ideal uses for each.

Click through the graphic below for more information on the specific types, as well as typical applications for each. 

For more on the hot rolled vs. cold rolled discussion, check out what it means for carbon bars