Vault Construction – A Step-By-Step Guide
What is a vault?
A vault is a unique option for the permanent interment of a casket after a loved one has passed away. It’s construction makes it very resistant to the elements and also provides many options for customisation and fine finishes.
In some cultures, there is a preference for vaults as they protect and preserve the casket and its contents.
Different types of vaults
Vaults can be constructed underground just like a traditional grave, or located above ground. In both cases, the concrete casing protects the interred casket from the weight of soil, foot traffic, ground sinkage and heavy machinery/maintenance equipment.
Vaults can be designed in single, double or family formations when requested. In this article, we take a behind-the-scenes look at the steps and techniques that a monument stonemason uses when crafting this beautiful memorial.
The process of vault construction
Regardless of its complexity of design, vault construction always begins with the construction of the reinforced concrete casing where the casket will be permanently sealed and housed.
The images below show the process of building a large below-ground vault; from initial construction to the final finishing and addition of decorative elements, such as inscriptions by our Brisbane monumental stonemason team.
Other types of monuments and memorials
This article has shown you a behind the scenes look at vaults and their construction. Our memorial vaults page shows additional examples of the beautiful options available to decorate your vault and create a genuinely personal monument.
If you would like to consider other burial options, visit our monuments and memorials to learn about the alternatives that T. Wrafter & Sons Brisbane monumental stonemasons have available. Our FAQs page may provide the answers to any further questions you have.
If you’d like to know more about the tradition of stonemasonry, we invite you to take a look at this article: “What is a Stonemason?“