Caskets are available in two major types of materials: metal and wood. Metal caskets are known for their strength and durability as well as their unique finishes. Metal caskets are available in bronze, copper, stainless steel or steel.
Bronze caskets offer the very finest in materials, workmanship, permanence and durability. They will not rust and are considered by many to be the ultimate in quality as far as metal caskets are concerned. Bronze caskets are the most expensive type of metal caskets and are available for those families desiring the best quality.
Copper caskets are naturally resistant to corrosion. They are available in different styles and finishes, including a variety of painted finishes as well as a brushed finish, which allows the beauty of the copper to be exposed. Copper offers beauty and protection, while costing about half the price of bronze.
Stainless steel is a manmade material composed of steel, chromium and nickel, which is naturally corrosion resistant. Stainless steel caskets are available in painted or brushed finishes.
Steel caskets are available in a number of different styles and painted finishes. The cost is primarily determined by the thickness of the steel, the interior material and the exterior finish. The heaviest steel used is 16 gauge with 20 gauge being the lightest.
Wood caskets are available in mahogany, cherry, walnut, maple, magnolia, oak, poplar, pecan and pine. Many families feel that hardwood caskets offer a natural warmth, beauty and uniqueness that cannot be duplicated in metal caskets. The price difference in wood caskets will depend on the type of wood used, the interior materials, such as velvet or crepe and the craftsmanship of construction.
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