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Cold Rolled Steel

Cold rolling increases the yield strength and hardness of a metal by introducing defects into the metal's crystal structure. This increase in strength comes at the cost of finishing needs.

While this material is generally inexpensive, the need for plating and finishing will incur additional costs to the project. Careful evaluation may show that using stainless steel may be a more cost effective option for the project.


Alloy

Temper

Cost

Bend/Form

Comments

1018 CRS

Soft-1/4 Hard Commercial Grade

$

Excellent

Needs Plating or Finishing

HSLA (High Strength Low Alloy)

Half Hard

$$$

Good

Strong material, needs finishing

HRS

Commercial Grade

$$

Good

Low end material, needs finishing