Will hot rolled steel bars be rust-free?
No. Hot rolled bars are produced in a raw state and no additional process (e.g., oil, paint, prime, galvanize) is applied to prevent rust. New hot rolled steel products arriving directly from the mill may have a layer of surface rust just from the condensation of the tarp during transport. If your final product requires a primed or painted finish, you should plan to have the material sand blasted or cleaned in some manner prior to painting.
What kind of straightness can you expect from hot rolled steel bars?
The standard mill straightness tolerance for hot rolled steel bar stock is 1/4" over any 5 feet.
Example: You piece is 78". Straightness = .33"
Example: You piece is 217". Straightness = .90"
Straightness is measured by placing the bar on a flat surface and then measuring the highest distance to the bottom of the flat.
Bar stock can be ordered off the mill with a special straightness for an additional cost. These will be half the standard tolerance or 1/8" in any 5 feet.
What is the going price for hot rolled bar?
Like all other steel products, hot rolled bar is a commodity. Pricing varies by size, the grade, and the quantity you buy. Furthermore the pricing changes daily. To get the most competitive market pricing for your quote you should speak with one of the knowledgeable members of our sales team
. The more information you can give them about your requirements the more accurate your quote