Comparison of Wood versus Metal Caskets

Losing a loved one is never easy, and you may have just found yourself in the position of having to choose a casket for the person that has passed away, and you are not sure what type of casket to buy.

When you’re purchasing the casket for someone in your family or a friend, the container should reflect your loved one’s personality, values, and even lifestyle. Caskets today can be customized in numerous ways, so don’t hold back if you have the budget.

We want to help with this decision by comparing wood versus metal caskets and revealing their differences, including price, quality, appearance, and even environmental concerns.

Price of Caskets – Wood versus Metal Caskets

Wood Caskets

Wood caskets are more budget-friendly than metal caskets, but they may not be as durable. Wood is also more difficult to clean than a metal casket due to the porous nature of wood than metal, but they come with their own disadvantages. They can’t be painted since the paint would chip off and leave a mess inside the casket for future generations to see, so if you want to make it look nice, it needs to be stained or varnished.

Metal Caskets

Metal caskets are often more affordable than other types of materials and they can withstand moisture from rain or snow and protect against weather-related wear than wood caskets.  Another benefit of metal caskets is that they can be painted or wrapped to create a personalized casket for your loved one.

External Appearance – Wood versus Metal Caskets

Wood Caskets

Wood tends to have a warmer, more traditional appearance. It also tends to be more elegant, less flashy appearance. Wood can be adorned with almost any type of external decorations that you might desire. There also many types of wood to choose from, ranging from dark cherrywood to lighter colors such as oak and ash.

Metal Caskets

Metal tends to be colder’ and has a more austere appearance. It also tends to be preferred by a more progressive customer with somewhat flashier, more modern taste. Metal provides an advantage over wood in this category in that it can be molded and stamped with almost any type of design that one might desire for the eternal resting place of your loved one.

Quality and Environmental Concerns – Wood versus Metal

Wood Caskets

Wood can be designed to last a very long time but will ultimately break down and return to natural elements in the soil. Metal implements such as hinges, nails, rails, and corner barriers can replace environmentally friendly alternatives such as glues, pegs, joints, and other nature-friendly fasteners and connectors.

Wood caskets are made from the natural resources of a tree and can be biodegradable. The wood is not coated with any chemicals, so it will eventually decompose into its base elements like water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and organic matter.

Metal Caskets

Metal takes much longer to break down and return to ecological basics than wood. If you are looking for protection, then the metal casket is the obvious choice. It can be coated with various chemicals to prevent rust and corrosion. It can also be hermetically sealed to provide the maximum amount of environmental protection for your loved one.

You can decide the level of protection from natural forces since metal caskets can be made from various thicknesses of metal ranging from 14 to 24 gauge metals. It can also be designed to be crushproof and almost completely impervious to outside forces.

Comparison of Wood Caskets versus Metal Caskets

As you can see, both wood and metal casket types offer benefits to you and your family. Keep in mind that the metal caskets, when properly sealed or coated with a varnish, can provide both protection and accentuate the beauty of it design by incorporating intricate details such as engraving.

When looking at wood caskets, poplar, oak, maple, walnut, cherry, pecan, and mahogany, and pine are some of the most typical options, with the latter being the most affordable. 

The cost range for wood caskets ranges from $895 to $4,000+ where steel versions typically start at $995 ranging to $3,000+ and can also be fully customized to personalize the casket for your loved one.

We Are Here To Help

The team here at Sky Caskets is here to assist you during this time of grief and also the celebration of the life of your loved one. No matter what type of casket you choose, we will work with you to create a day of remembrance for you and your family.