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How Much Do Burial Vaults Weigh?

Avatar for Ethan Darby Ethan Darby       January 16th, 2020       9:35 am
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If you’ve ever been to a graveside service in a cemetery, you may have noticed the large concrete box the casket goes in before it goes into the ground. In the funeral industry, these concrete boxes are often referred to as burial vaults.

There are a few different types of vaults available across the country. The type of burial vaults offered by a funeral home is often determined by the topography and other geographical characteristics of the region.

So how much do burial vaults weigh? And what influences the weight of a burial vault?

Each type is made of a different material causing the weights to vary. The different materials include concrete, steel, and plastic.

Concrete

This is the most common type of vault offered in most regions of the country because of its level of sustainable protection and customization options. Concrete burial vaults usually start off weighing at least 2,000 lbs.

Variances in concrete aggregate and manufacturing methods at a local level may cause weights to vary slightly, but these vaults must weigh enough so that the rising water table doesn’t force them upward, out of the ground.

How Much Does A Burial Vault Weigh Concrete

Because of the heaviness of concrete, special trucks are used to transport concrete vaults from the manufacturer to the cemetery, and once the vault arrives at the cemetery, special carts are used to move the vault from the truck to the graveside.

Since concrete vaults can be quite cumbersome to move, they can be difficult to use in cemeteries that are rugged or sloping.

Steel

Burial receptacles can also be made entirely of metal – most commonly steel. Depending on the gauge (thickness) of the metal used, steel burial receptacles can weigh anywhere from 350 lbs to 800 lbs.

Because they are lighter weight, metal receptacles can be moved easier across rough terrain or up steep inclines making them more popular in mountainous regions of the United States. Strength is often sacrificed to achieve a lighter weight.

Plastic

Some burial receptacles are made entirely of plastic, weighing only 100 lbs to 200 lbs. These are commonly referred to as “air seals” because of the way the casket is sealed inside. If you turn an empty glass upside down, it creates a bubble within the glass. Air seals work similarly, with the tension the bubble causes holding the lid of the vault to the base.

Plastic Burial Receptacle Weight

The drawback is this makes the vault extremely buoyant. The strength of plastic only is also a concern, however, these vaults work well in rough terrain and areas where a rising water table is not an issue.

 

In Conclusion

The weight of a burial vault varies greatly based on the manufacturer and the material the vault is made of. Concrete burial vaults are generally the heaviest and start at around 2,000 lbs. Steel burial receptacles usually range between 350 lbs to 800 lbs based on the thickness of the metal so they’re easier to transport than concrete. Finally, plastic burial receptacles (or made of polymer) are the lightest at only 100 lbs to 200 lbs but are less durable than other options.

 

Resource: https://www.trigard.com/vault-dimensions/

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Ethan Darby

Ethan is the Marketing Director for Trigard Vaults, Trigard Memorials, Hall of Fame Plaques & Signs, and Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before becoming the second member of the 4th generation of the Darby family to join the family-owned company. His experience within the company includes memorial manufacturing, cemetery retail, national cemetery and vault sales, along with plant and customer service management. In his free time, Ethan enjoys hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Keri, and his daughters, Sawyer and Olivia.

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