What is the difference between 18 gauge and 20 gauge steel caskets?
The word gauge with a number by it refers to the thickness of the metal used in constructing the casket. The higher the number the thicker the steel. 18 Gauge is a thicker metal than a 20 Gauge. 18 Gauge would be a stronger metal than a 20 Gauge as well. The reason this is important when it comes to caskets is that with a thinner steel you are limited with how you can shape the casket shell. Normally the 18 Gauge caskets tend to have more options, colors or even designs to them when compared to a 20 Gauge. A 20 Gauge casket would fulfill the same need as an 18 Gauge but for less money.
Is it necessary to have a sealed casket?
Usually that depends upon the cemetery. You would need to discuss that with your funeral director or the cemetery of your choosing. 9 out of 10 cemeteries would be ok with a casket that is not sealed. The reason people choose a sealed casket is to protect the remains of your loved one
Does a wood casket seal?
No, wood caskets do not seal. If you were to seal a wood casket it would crack and split due to the locking mechanism when it is cranked down tight. If you are interested in a casket that seals, a metal casket is your only option.
Are all caskets the same size?
If you are in need of a casket for your loved one, more than likely they will fit in a standard casket. If you loved one is a larger individual then they would need an oversized casket. Once you get into an oversized casket then they are size specific. Talk with your funeral director about the size of casket your loved one will need. The average person will fit in a standard casket.
Is a casket that I get online the same quality as what I would buy from a funeral home?
Yes. Not only do we assist the general public but we also work with several funeral homes throughout the country. There is a good chance that the casket that you buy online from us is likely the same casket that you would buy your local funeral showroom floor.
Does the casket have everything I need in it? Do I need to buy a pillow or throw separate?
When you purchase a casket from us, the casket comes complete ready to go for your loved one. It includes the pillow, adjustable bed, and throw covers. You do not need to purchase anything else to prepare your loved one for their resting place.
Are there additional shipping costs?
Our prices include delivery to the funeral home, additional charges may apply. Depending on where your casket needs to be delivered, and how quickly you need it will depend on if there is additional shipping costs. Please contact our sales representatives to discuss your needs so we may accommodate you best. You may receive Free Shipping for non-priority ground shipping service without accessorial fees such as a lift-gate delivery, appointment time schedule delivery, residential delivery, or garbage removal on delivery. Ground shipping arrives in 5-7 business days excluding weekends or holidays.
Can I buy a casket online for my loved one and have it shipped to a funeral home of my choosing? Is it against the law? Do I have to buy a casket from the funeral home?
The answer to this question is, yes. You can buy from an online casket company and have it taken to the funeral home. The funeral director cannot tell you he will not accept a casket from an outside source. It is against the law. According to the Federal Trade Commission a casket can be bought from a third party company and then taken to the funeral home for your intended use. The funeral home cannot charge you more because you are buying a casket elsewhere. The best thing to do is to talk to the funeral director about his services. By law they have to give you an itemized price list of each service and it cannot change after you buy your own casket. After you have a price list then you can mention to him that you would like to buy a casket on your own. No funeral home can charge a fee for the customer using a casket bought elsewhere through an alternate source, nor require a family member to be present at the time of delivery, nor even make a funeral service package contingent upon the purchase of one of their caskets. The advantage of buying online is that you can save quite a bit of money. On average, our customers save about $2,000 on their purchase. There is the ability to save even more money online by asking for our discount caskets or clearance caskets that we may have. There are many options for saving money. FTC Rule