Choosing A Casket | Hardwood or Metal?

Choosing a casket, like any other funeral planning decision, is really a matter of choice. Still, many people ask us if one type of casket is better than another. The plain and simple answer is that it just depends on what is important to you.

Consider the following to help you make an informed decision:

Exterior Appearance

There are two basic material types for caskets: Metal and wood. Either choice can make for a beautiful tribute and a lasting impression.

  • Hardwood Caskets are a traditional choice and offer a warm, time-honored appeal. Some of the more popular finishes include mahogany, walnut, and cherry. Caskets made from these fine materials provide the same elegant finish that you would see in finely crafted furniture. Other woods used for caskets include maple, oak, and poplar.  All of these natural materials are all known for their strength and classic appearance. And because wood is a renewable resource, families who choose hardwood caskets leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
  • Metal Caskets made from bronze, copper, stainless steel, and standard steel provide a more contemporary option, ideal for someone with a more modern taste. They are also affordable and durable and come in a variety of colors. Metal caskets can be molded and stamped with a variety of designs for a personal, customized look. Metal caskets take longer to break down and can be hermetically sealed for environmental protection for your loved one.

Interior Furnishings

Regardless of the external material you choose, there are a wide array of fabrics and colors you can use to design the interior of a casket. Two of the most highly selected options for casket interiors include crepe and velvet. Each of these options offers a soft and luxurious appearance and are complementary to any wood or metal casket exterior.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, we offer a wide selection of casket options. Whether you are preplanning or choosing for a family member, our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect casket to meet your needs.

To learn more, contact us here at Mountain View Funeral Home.


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  1. Johnny McCarron says:

    I like how you mentioned that metal caskets can be molded and stamped with a variety of designs for a personal, customized look. I think when I die, I’d like to get a casket engraved with a religious verse. So, I could always have those words over me.

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