The majority of steel caskets available on the market today have gaskets. These have been commonly known as "sealers" or "protective" caskets. This terminology reflects that they are manufactured with a one-piece rubber gasket that runs around the inner lid of the casket.
Once closed, a locking mechanism draws the lids onto the base and the gasket forms a seal. This gasketed seal is designed to protect the deceased from the entrance of air, water and other gravesite elements. Except for the ALEX, all steel caskets offered by Central Chapel have gaskets. The value or importance of having a gasketed casket is one of personal choice. There is no requirement to have a gasketed casket except by certain mausoleums and consulates.
Things that affect the cost of a steel casket: 1) whether it has a gasket; 2) gauge or thickness of metal; 3) whether it has a painted or brushed finish; 4) whether it has a crepe or velvet interior; and 5) other designs within or on the outside of the casket. These variables enable a range of pricing to meet a wide variety of budget concerns.
Speaking of budget concerns, you will notice that Central Chapel prices its caskets dramatically lower than suggested retail. Whether consumers are budget restrained or simply desirous of making wise financial decisions, people find Central Chapel a convenient, affordable option for something tasteful.