Stamped or Die-Cast
Within the category of metal wallplates, two distinct forming processes are used: stamping and die-cast. It’s not important to choose a wallplate based on the manufacturing process, but understanding this process helps you understand why different Amerelle plates have different feels and finishes to them. Stamping uses a tool and die to press a metal blank into the desired wallplate shape, resulting in a perfectly formed yet economical wallplate with a simple, clean design. Amerelle’s popular Sonoma and Chelsea designs are stamped metal options to consider. On the other hand, die-cast wallplates generally feature more ornate designs that stamping alone can’t create. Die-casting involves forcing a molten metal into a cavity; because the molten metal flows freely, die-cast decorative plates can include more delicate, intricate shapes. Amerelle’s English Garden, Momfort, and Steps options are great examples of die-cast wallplates.