A Comprehensive Guide to Urn Materials: Exploring Metal, Wood, Ceramic, and More

Urn with wood and iron next to itUrns have been made since as long ago as the bronze age and according to some sources, even earlier than that. Through the multiple millennia that urns have existed, the materials used to make them have evolved and changed. In the modern era, urns are made from a wide assortment of different materials and in this article we will explore what urn materials are most popular, as well as what considerations you should have when selecting them.

Common urn materials and their differences

The most common material used for Urns today include metal, wood and ceramic as our title may have prematurely pointed out. With these materials you will generally find the most options as a customer, but there are important differences between each material that you will want to watch out for. Let's explore some of these urn materials and find out what are their benefits and what might be some negatives.

Metal urns

Metal or most commonly known as aluminium urns are the most common urn material found and that is for good reason. Aluminium Urns are the most durable and long lasting urns on the market. They are resistant to shattering and most other forms of damage. They can be susceptible to scratches however, so it is best to still keep them in a safe place. While aluminium is the commonly used metal for urns, other metals or alloys can also be classed under this category topo. Brass for instance is a very beautiful alloy with an incredible lustre, but can have some issues with tarnishing. Other metals can be used too, but these are the ones you will commonly find in regards to urns. 

Wood urns

Wood Urns are another common material used that come with many benefits. They are usually more affordable than metal and ceramic urns, and can come in some unique shapes. They are very popular as pet urns as they can be etched and engraved to have their name. They often come with a photo insert which is great for many pet owners. Wood urns are also biodegradable so they are a perfect option for the eco conscious. Wood urns can be prone to things like water damage and mould as it is still a biological product. With good care and maintenance, these urns will still last you a long while. 

Ceramic urns

Ceramic Urns are some of the most unique and brilliant urns in the market. Due to the ease of working with the material, ceramic urns can be shaped into truly special and beautiful styles. These urns can come as statues and other abstract shapes with a whole range of symbolism attached. The only issue with ceramic is their durability, as they are prone to shattering. Their fancy and unique designs don't help in this regard, but at least ceramic as a material is incredibly scratch proof. 

Other urns materials

While we only stock the previous three materials here at Affordable Urns, that doesn't mean that's all there is out there. You can even find glass urns, stone urns, marble urns and even specifically designed biodegradable urns as well as many others. Whatever material you decide to choose, it is important to do your research before buying to ensure it is a product you will be proud to own. 

We hope this guide has made the understanding of these materials that much easier for you. Whether you decide to purchase a metal, wood or ceramic urn, Affordable Urns has you covered. Affordable Urns provides Australia the cheapest keepsake urns while maintaining the best quality to ensure everyone can have access to a proper way to honour their loved ones memory. If you are looking for exceptional keepsake urns, take a look at our site to find your perfect urn.