Metal or Wood Caskets

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, January 15, 2024

Choosing a casket is an important part of the funeral process. Many families choose the casket after their loved one has passed, but some people choose their casket ahead of time. This article will discuss the difference between wood and metal caskets. Caskets can vary in style, color, cost, and comfort, but one of the first steps in choosing a casket is deciding whether you want a metal or wood casket.

Metal Caskets

Metal caskets are extremely durable. Generally, metal caskets are made of steel, stainless steel, bronze, or copper. Some metal caskets feature gaskets, a type of rubber seal that helps keep outside elements out of the casket for longer. More opulent metal caskets may feature thicker or higher-quality metals. Some may also feature stylized effects such as brushed metal.

Wood Caskets

Wood caskets are generally selected because of their natural beauty, warmth, and craftsmanship. Premium wood caskets are often crafted out of mahogany, cherry, and walnut. Less expensive caskets are usually made from hardwoods such as poplar. Some wooded caskets are made of hardwood but will be covered in a thin veneer of premium wood. This is a good way to have an elegant casket while saving on costs. Wood caskets more often feature handcrafted designs and interiors than metal caskets. Additionally, wood caskets are more customizable than metal.

Finding the Right Fit

The best way to choose a casket is to see your options in person. Getting a feel for the interior options, as well as how elegant a casket is in-person allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your or your loved one’s final resting place. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in making this choice in our casket showroom. We will help you find the right casket for your tastes and budget. We also offer casket rentals for the memorial services and before cremation. 

For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.

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