At Flanders' Burial Service we offer a variety of vaults as well as custom vaults for your specific needs. A burial vault is a lined and sealed outer receptacle that houses the casket. The vault is placed in the ground before burial, and the casket is lowered into it at burial.
Vaults are necessary because the ground moves and settles as the casket eventually decays. Wood placed into the ground will decay in a matter of months in some climates, and certainly after a few years almost anywhere. Caskets made of more durable material may last longer, but also eventually break down; a vault will keep the ground around the casket sturdy.
It also helps resist water and preserves the beauty of the cemetery or memorial park by preventing the ground from settling.