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The differences between embossed and stamped stainless steel sheets

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Linda Wong

As one of the co-founders of Vigorss, I have been deeply involved in the decorative stainless steel sheet industry for over ten years, gaining extensive knowledge of product craftsmanship. I enjoy approaching issues from the customer's perspective, so the blog posts can address many customer pain points. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest topics for the next posts.

When it comes to choosing the right stainless steel sheet for your project, you may be wondering what the differences are between embossed and stamped sheets. Both of these processes involve creating a design on the surface of the sheet metal, but they are done in different ways. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between embossed and stamped stainless steel sheets and help you decide which one is right for your project.

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What is embossed stainless steel sheet

Embossed stainless steel sheet is one of the most popular and versatile forms of stainless steel, available on the market today.


Production Method

The most common production method is to use a roll press, which applies pressure to the surface of the metal as it passes through a set of rollers.

The embossed stainless steel sheets are produced from embossed coils. Rolling a coil of stainless steel straight into an embossing mold to create raised designs on the coil surface is how this embossed stainless steel is made. The coils will then be sliced into flat sheets after that. The resulting product is a sheet of metal that has a three-dimensional surface.

Color Choices

Normally, embossed stainless steel coils are either mirror-polished or brushed before a mold of various designs is pressed onto the surface.

After the embossing is done, they may also be colored with the PVD machine, such as gold, rose gold, champagne gold, brass, copper, black, sapphire blue, emerald green, and even rainbow.

What is stamped stainless steel sheet

The stamping with raised or sunken designs can add aesthetic appeal or increase the durability of the material.


Stamping Process

Stamping stainless steel is achieved by using a die to apply pressure to the metal sheets and create a textured surface. The die is made up of two parts: the upper punch of female roller dies which has a negative image of the design, and the lower die which supports the workpiece during stamping. The raised portions of one die will be imprinted into the metal sheet.


Color Choices

Before stamping, the stainless steel sheets can be mirror polished or brushed as the base surface treatment.

Besides, they may then be PVD coated in a variety of colors, such as gold, rose gold, champagne gold, brass, copper, black, sapphire blue, emerald green, and even rainbow.


The differences in the production process

There are two main differences between these two processes: the amount of pressure required and the maximum thickness of the metal.

Pressure required

Embossing requires less pressure and can be used on thinner metals, while stamping requires more pressure and can be used on thicker metals.

2mm is the maximum thickness allowed for embossed stainless steel sheets, while stamped stainless steel may be up to 3mm thick.

Pattern Styles

Both processes can create patterns on stainless steel sheets, but stamped sheets will have sharper edges and finer details than embossed sheets.

If you need a sheet with intricate designs, stamping is the better option. However, if you need a sheet with a more general design, embossing is the way to go.

The differences in appearance

The apparent differences are largely due to the manufacturing process. Embossed sheets are made by passing stainless steel coil through rollers, which leaves a small pattern on the surface of the metal. Stamped sheets are made by stamping deeper texture onto a sheet of stainless steel.


Embossing can have patterns on one side or both sides whereas stamping can have patterns only on one side.

The widely-used patterns of embossed stainless steel sheets include:

Linen, leather, stone grain, sand grain, wood grain, and tree bark grain.

The most common patterns of stamped stainless steel sheets are:

water ripple, 5WL, 6WL, diamond, square, quilted, and honeycomb.


Because the embossing is done using rollers, the working pressure is lower than that of stamping, so the pattern is shallower. The texture of stamped stainless steel sheets is deeper and more prominent.

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When it comes to stainless steel coil embossing, we usually start by polishing or brushing the metal coil before cutting it into pieces and plating the color. The stamping plate is usually polished or colored before being stamped.

Common properties

Both embossed and stamped plates can be made of 304 or 316 stainless steel, so they have some common properties.



They can be cut, bent, formed, and welded.


They are both strong, corrosion-resistant, and heat-resistant. These properties make them ideal for use in many industries, such as food processing, pharmaceuticals, and chemical manufacturing.

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Both types can have a bright, mirror polished, brushed, or color coated for a wide range of applications.

Low Maintenance

They are both easy to clean and maintain. The raised surface of the metal provides a level of protection against wear and tear, making it ideal for high-traffic areas.

The applications of embossed and stamped stainless steel sheet

Embossed and stamped stainless steel sheets have a variety of applications. They can be used for decorative purposes, such as in architectural panels or signage. They can also be used for functional purposes, such as in industrial equipment or kitchen appliances. No matter what the application, these sheets are sure to add a touch of beauty and durability.

  • Countertops and backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Wall cladding or paneling on interior or exterior walls
  • Furniture, especially tabletops and door fronts
  • Lighting fixtures, including sconces and pendants
  • Signage, both indoor and outdoor, and license plates
  • Kitchen appliances and Cabinet panels
  • Architectural features, such as ceilings, column covers, or balustrades

Embossed and stamped stainless steel sheets are a flexible and attractive choice for almost any application. With so many potential applications, these metals are certain to brighten any project with their elegance.

How to choose the right type of embossed or stamped stainless steel sheet for your needs

There are many different types of embossed and stamped stainless steel sheets on the market today. So, how do you know which one is right for your needs? Here are a few things to consider when making your selection:

The type of finish you need

There are several different finishes available, including hairline, mirror, and satin. Each has its own unique look and feel, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your project.

The size of the sheet


Embossed and stamped sheets come in a variety of sizes. Be sure to choose one that’s large enough to complete your project, but not so large that it’s difficult to work with.

Standard size: Width: 1000 / 1219 / 1500mm or Custom-made

39″ / 48″ / 59″

Length: 2438 / 3048 / 4000mm or Custom-made

96″ / 120″ / 157″ 

Material thickness

The thickness of the sheet will affect both the price and the durability. Thicker sheets are more expensive but will last longer.

Thin sheets may be less expensive but are more likely to dent easily. The max thickness of embossed sheets and stamped sheets are 2.0mm and 3.0mm respectively.

The pattern

There are many different patterns available, from simple geometric shapes to complex designs. So take some time to browse the options. Consider the overall look you’re going for and select the desired pattern that compliments it.

Your budget

The embossed sheet has relatively a lower cost compared with stamped sheets. If you’re working on a tight budget, embossed sheets may be more cost-effective.

Once you’ve considered all of these factors, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and find the perfect embossed or stamped stainless steel sheet for your needs.


VIGORSS stainless steel workshop

VIGORSS is a professional and reliable supplier of various decorative stainless steel sheets. With over 10 years of experience, we offer a wide range of products that are perfect for a variety of applications. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our customers. Some of our top-rated products include:


There are many reasons to choose embossed or stamped stainless steel sheets for your next project. These metals are durable, beautiful, and versatile. With so many potential applications, these sheets are sure to add a touch of elegance to any space.

Contact VIGORSS today to learn more about our products, and services or get free samples. We would be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your needs.

Please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] or call us at 0086-13715484114. We look forward to helping you with your next project!

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