Not unlike caskets, burial vaults are manufactured in several ways and of different
materials. Some materials used in vault manufacture are Copper, Stainless Steel,
Steel and Concrete. The primary design idea is to keep the casket dry in the grave
by prohibiting the entrance of water.
Copper vaults are among the most costly and are priced dependant upon the copper
Stainless Steel, as the name implies, are vaults that are rust resistant.
Steel vaults are manufactured by thickness of metal and come in galvanized and non
galvanized in thicknesses of 7, 10 and 12 gauge steel. The 7 gauge is the thickest
and the 12 gauge is the thinnest.
Copper, Stainless Steel and Steel vaults are manufactured to function as an air
seal vault. The tops are the largest part and serve as a dome that covers the casket
and latches to the base underneath the casket. The air trapped in the dome prevents
the entrance of water as would a glass inverted in a sink full of water.
Concrete vaults are manufactured of concrete reinforced with steel. The base is
the larger portion that holds the casket. The lid is then fitted on the base by
means of a tongue and grove joint. Since concrete is porous, a synthetic liner is
inserted in the base and lid to stop the entrance of water.
Grave Liners are manufactured of many materials such as polypropylene or concrete.
Although these forms of vaults are not water resistant they do protect the casket
from the weight of the grave and allows the ground to settle without future cave
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and pricing on any of the products we offer. Please contact us with any questions
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