Nothing compares to the rich, warm glow of well-crafted hardwood. From the elegance of solid hardwood to the simplicity of hardwood veneer, these assortments show a variety of woods and finishes that cater to all tastes. Hand crafted like fine furniture, each wooden casket has it's own unique graining pattern. The natural warmth and beauty of wood is available in a variety of types and species. The interior material of a wood casket is typically either velvet or crepe.
The classification "hardwood" simply means that the wood comes from a leaf-bearing tree. "Softwood" comes from the needle or cone-bearing trees. Therefore, designation as a hardwood is not determined solely by the consistency or surface hardness of the wood itself, but the species of the tree from which it came. Cost can vary depending on whether the sides of the casket are constructed from solid wood or a veneering process has been utilized.
Gleaming beauty and optimum protection make metal a preferred choice whether in steel, stainless steel, or semi-precious metals. The majority of metal caskets available on the market today are known as "protective" caskets. This terminology reflects that they are manufactured with a one-piece rubber gasket that runs around the inner lid of the casket.
Once closed, a locking mechanism draws the lids onto the base and the gasket forms a seal. This protective seal protects the deceased from the entrance of air and other gravesite elements. Many higher quality metal caskets utilize a sophisticated magnesium rust inhibitor process. Metal caskets are commonly manufactured in 20, 18 and 16 gauge metals. Interiors are tastefully coordinated in a variety of materials form crepe to velvet allowing for a range of pricing to meet a wide variety of budget concerns.
Having the appearance of traditional burial caskets, cremation caskets are made of either cardboard, fiberwood, or hardwood and have very little metal, if any. The various choices of materials and designs keep the practicality and affordability in mind for those selecting cremation services while respecting the dignity and reverence of your loved one. They are often used with visitation and/or a traditional service with cremation afterward.