If you need to order a grave marker or headstone for a loved one, you want to ensure that they are of the highest quality material and finish that stands the test of time. Contact us at American Marble and Granite Inc. if you need custom made grave markers in NC.
The best materials for a headstones or monuments
In most graveyards, headstones experience exposure to some of the harshest weather changes, such as heavy precipitation and extreme heat. So, you want to choose materials that are resistant to things like moisture and heat. The most common materials people use for grave markers are granite and marble. There are also other less common materials available such as bronze, iron, sandstone, and slate.
If you walk along a graveyard, you’ll notice that many of the older grave markers are marble headstones. Marble was quite common in the past because it was a relatively softer material that allowed more intricate inscriptions. After all, the marble was a popular choice for great monuments like the Taj Mahal.
However, it is a double-edged sword because the softness of marble can’t withstand the increasing acid content of rainwater due to the high calcium carbonate content. On the other hand, granite is much harder and impermeable, giving it better moisture and chemical resistance. Also, thanks to modern technology like laser etching, making intricate designs on hard materials like granite is not an issue anymore.
What should you include in an inscription for a headstone?
The inscription on the headstone or epitaphs is harder to write than you may think. There’s not much space on the headstone, and how do you condense someone's life into a short phrase or a quote?
So, while you may think it’s inappropriate at the time, it is better to ask your loved one of what they’d like to include in their epitaph. This way, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that you included precisely what they wanted. Usually, epitaphs include a short but concise quote or line from a memorable poem.
A picture says a thousand words, so some people also like to include a beautiful picture on the headstones. However, ensure you select a robust paint that can resist the weather. If you need custom made grave markers in NC, give us a call.
How should you maintain a grave over the years?
Gravestones require regular cleaning and maintenance to keep them clean and inscriptions readable. When cleaning a headstone, use a soft sponge and mild detergent. Be extra careful if it’s a marble headstone because they can react with any acids nearby.
Clean out any weeds or decorative items left behind, such as flowers. If even after regular maintenance the stone looks worn, professional renovation could help make it look neat again.
Planning headstones and inscriptions could be the last on your mind when mourning the loss of a loved one. If you’re searching for custom made grave markers in NC, with fast delivery, contact us at American Marble and Granite Inc.
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