Metal Or Wood? 3 Features To Consider When Buying A Casket

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Metal Or Wood? 3 Features To Consider When Buying A Casket

10 January 2023
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More and more people are making the choice to plan their funerals well in advance of their death. Pre-planning ensures that you will be able to get exactly what you want in terms of a funeral service, and it gives you time to pay for your funeral costs so that your family isn't left bearing the financial burden of your passing.

One of the important decisions you will make when pre-planning your funeral is which casket you want to be buried in. Traditional caskets are made from wood, but metal caskets are becoming more popular.

Here are some things that you should consider before deciding whether a wood or metal casket will best meet your needs.

1. Budget

Cost is always a concern when making funeral arrangements. A casket will be one of the larger expenses, so you want to make sure that you are maximizing your value.

The price of a wood casket can vary depending on the type of wood, the type of finish, and the quality of the metal finishes. Since it takes a lot of skill and craftsmanship to create a wood casket, they tend to be more expensive than a metal casket.

Steel caskets can provide you with an affordable option when it comes to securing your final resting place.

2. Aesthetic

You want your casket to serve as a reflection of your personal sense of style.

Wood caskets offer a warmth that is typically associated with a traditional aesthetic. If your personal tastes lean more toward an industrial or modern aesthetic, then a steel casket may be a better option.

Steel caskets feature a sleek design that includes clean angles and lines. Any steel casket can be finished in a wide range of colors, which gives you the ability to customize your casket to meet your needs. 

3. Protection

A casket should provide a certain level of security for your body once it has been buried in the ground.

Wood is a natural material that is susceptible to damage caused by moisture, insects, and other elements. A steel casket is capable of resisting corrosion or insect damage. This means that your steel casket will maximize the amount of protection your body enjoys after your passing.

If you don't like the thought of your body falling prey to natural degradation, then a steel casket can be a great option.

Talk with an experienced funeral director to learn more about the benefits of 18-gauge steel funeral caskets.