March 25,2023

By Joe

The difference between the gauges on a casket.


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. 16 Gauge is the thickest  18 Gauge is next and  than 20 Gauge. 16 Gauge would be a stronger metal than a 18 gauge and  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 and are also more rounded at top and have more different corners. 20 gauge caskets are more flat than 18 gauge and more than half of 20 gauge caskets are non gasketed as well. A 20 Gauge casket would fulfill the same need as an 18 Gauge but for less money. The 16 gauge is the more premium made Metal Casket and are mostly made in the United States. Most imported caskets are usually 18 gauge or 20 gauge.

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