Metal Caskets Versus Wood Caskets – What You Should Consider
One of the oldest traditions in a funeral service includes the use of a casket (or a coffin). As a part of the funeral, a casket can be a way of personalizing the funeral service and creating a memorable tribute for your loved one.
The casket selection process is a very personal decision, and an important element in arranging or planning a funeral. Not only does the casket serve as one of the focal points of the funeral service by serving as the vessel for the deceased, it can also reflect the deceased’s personality and specific tastes.
It is important to take your time while selecting the most suitable casket. You can start by learning about the different features, colors, styles and price points of caskets which are available.
Choosing the most appropriate casket, one that will also reflect the distinctiveness of the person whose life you want to honor, can be a challenging task, and funeral directors play a very important role in this process.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. we understand that different considerations go into selecting the most fitting casket for your loved one.
There are many differences between caskets, including material, cost, style and design. Rest assured we will assist you in finding the one that will be a dignified and respectable tribute to your loved one.
Traditionally, caskets can be categorized into two basic material types; wood and metal. There are various types of woods and metals used for different caskets.
Metal caskets can be constructed from basic steel ranging in varying gauge thicknesses, stainless steel, or precious metals including copper, bronze or gold offering timeless beauty and elegance. Most metal caskets are often referred to as “gasketed,” “protective,” or “sealer” caskets and have a thick rubber gasket surrounding the entire lid which creates a sealed enclosure making it more difficult for outside elements to penetrate the interior of the casket.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., you can choose from a wide selection of colors, finishes and personalization features, making our metal caskets an attractive choice.
The price of metal caskets depends on the type and thickness of the metal, the production method used, as well as the style of the casket. The most economical metal caskets are made from standard steel, sometimes referred to as carbon steel. While not as durable or resistant to corrosion as stainless steel, standard steel is still a strong and durable option.
Our metal caskets feature velvet or crepe interiors, many of which are available in different colors and designs as well as customizable embroidery options.
For those who appreciate and cherish the qualities of natural wood, with its beauty, warmth, and personality, and for those who look for more natural solutions, wood caskets make an excellent choice.
Each wooden casket at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. is a work of art.
We offer numerous models of wood caskets in a variety of species, including mahogany, cherry, walnut, maple, oak, pecan, and pine.
Each wood casket is fully lined with beautifully hand crafted interiors such as velvet and crepe.
Wood caskets are available in a variety of finishes, ranging from highly polished gloss to a natural satin-finish accentuating the wood grains.
Mahogany, Walnut, and Cherry are considered to be some of the most elegantly crafted wood caskets.
Caskets crafted from Maple have great strength and hardness. Oak is renowned for its highly recognizable graining pattern, making it a favorite of many families.
There are other varieties of finish, colors and polishes to choose from in our wood casket category, and your funeral director will be there every step of the way as you make your selection.
Wood caskets have a dignified look that emphasizes the workmanship used in making them. The prices of wood caskets will vary depending on the type of wood used, the type of finish and interior materials.
The most significant difference between metal caskets and wood caskets is the way in which the lid or cap- the top most part of the casket shell – closes.
Metal caskets mostly come with a rubber gasket inserted and wrapped around the entire edge of the casket shell. When the lid of the casket is closed a sealing key on the exterior foot end of the casket is turned, a gasket feature designed to prevent outside elements from entering the casket while in the burial state. Wood caskets, which close and lock securely, are not constructed with the gasket feature. Also, because of the porous nature of wood, it is virtually impossible to completely seal a wood casket. If protection is a priority, a burial vault, which is a container that encloses and protects the casket, may be utilized.
When considering Lancaster, PA wood caskets and metal caskets, trust a community-based, family-owned funeral home to provide you with the most suitable one for the funeral service you desire.
At DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. we are here for you – count on our funeral directors to closely work with you and guide you with knowledge and compassion through the process of choosing the most appropriate casket for your loved one, based on your family’s particular needs.
We invite you to contact us so we may review with you the various wood caskets and metal casket options that are available in our vast selection as well as explain the numerous optional customizable possibilities which are offered.