Until the 20th Century most caskets were constructed of wood. They were built one at a time by skilled cabinet and casket makers in almost every town throughout the country. Besides wood, caskets are now manufactured in bronze, copper, stainless steel and various gauges of steel by national manufacturing companies.
Hardwood caskets are the choice of families who appreciate and cherish the qualities of natural wood. The warmth, beauty and personality it brings to fine furniture makes it ideally suited for the construction of quality caskets. Hardwood caskets are available in a variety of species, including Mahogany, Walnut, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Poplar, Pecan as well as Pine. As with furniture, the species of wood used will affect both the appearance and cost of the casket.
Manufactured and tested to be completely resistant to the entrance of air and water, bronze and copper caskets combine lasting protection and beauty. Many families choose bronze because it is superior to all other casket materials in strength and durability. However, both bronze and copper are completely safe from rust. A selection of a bronze or copper casket is a decision in which great pride can be taken being assured the selection has been made from among the very best caskets available.
Steel caskets came about when demand for a protective casket that would completely resist the entrance of air and water. Steel caskets provide affordable protection, exceptional beauty, and quality. Chromium and nickel stainless steel caskets offer a material naturally corrosion resistant. Steel caskets vary in price according to the gauge of the steel. Most steel caskets are offered in 16, 18 and 20 gauges. Most of these caskets with the exception of some 20 gauge caskets are equipped with a one-piece solid rubber gasket. This gasket forms a highly effective seal between the top and bottom of the casket to prevent the entrance of all outside elements.
Selected styles available with protection enhanced exterior protection
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