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Step 2: Select a monument that is best for you
 
SELECTING A MONUMENT
After determining the cemetery rules and regulations, it’s time to create a monument as a tribute to your loved one. There are several choices to make, which we have listed below. Please read these sections to assist you in creating your memorial.
 
MATERIALS
Traditionally, monuments are made of granite. As a material, granite is very durable and will stand the test of time. Drive by any cemetery and you can find granite memorials that have been there for many, many decades.
 
An alternative to a granite monument is one that has a bronze marker on top of a piece of granite. Many cemeteries have begun to require a bronze on granite marker. Bronze markers have a three dimensional appearance and offer a nice alternative to the traditional granite monument.
 
Granite Markers
Granite comes in a variety of colors. It is quarried from the ground in places throughout the country and world. Large blocks are pulled from quarries and cut to specific sizes and shapes. The granite is then polished to create a very smooth surface.
 
The designs and names are engraved into the granite using sandblasting equipment that blasts the words and pictures into the granite. The blasted areas are then painted with either black or white paint so that it will stand out and contrast with the granite.
 
Bronze Markers
Bronze is a metal alloy consisting mostly of copper and tin. Bronze markers are cast from molds that have been created by our suppliers. Their molds are already formed for the design we offer. The names, dates and any extra emblems are added to the mold to create your personalized bronze marker. The bronze has pins on the back that are inserted into holes drilled in the granite. We offer several granite colors for bronze bases. An adhesive can also be used to ensure the bronze will stay fastened to the granite for all time.
 
STYLE
After choosing the material for your monument, you will need to pick the style and shape. Bronze memorials are available as flat markers only. If a bronze memorial is what you want, you can proceed to the section on size selection.
If you prefer to select a granite memorial, there are four (4) styles to consider.
 
Flat Markers
Flat markers are also known as flush or grass markers. They lie flat on the ground and are usually 3 or 4 inches thick. To set a flat marker, a small section of ground is removed so that when placed, the marker is level or slightly above the ground. Because of their design, flats do not have different shapes to choose from. Click here to design a flat marker.
 
Bevel Markers
A bevel marker is named for the bevel, or drop, from the back of the marker to the front of the marker. Our bevel markers have a 2-inch drop from the back to the front. Bevel markers typically are 6 inches tall (in the back) and are set above ground. Because of their design, bevels do not have different shapes to choose from. Click here to design a bevel marker.
 
Slant  Markers 
Slant markers have a face that is slanted from back to front. The slant is usually 16 inches tall (in the back) and has a drop from back to front of 12 to 14 inches. Some people prefer slant markers to bevel markers because they are taller and the surface is more vertical so that it is easier to see the face of the marker. If you choose a slant marker, you will also need to choose the shape of the top. The following top shapes are available with this type of marker. Click here to design a slant marker.
  1. Flat
  2. Oval
  3. Serpentine (most common)
 
Upright Monument 
An upright is also known as a monument or tablet.  An upright tombstone is always set on a base piece to ensure the marker is level and secure. Uprights can be used to mark individual gravesites, companion gravesites, or family plots. This type of memorial has three top shapes to choose from. Click here to design a monument.
  1. Flat
  2. Oval
  3. Serpentine (most common)
If you prefer to choose a flat bronze on granite grave marker, we offer many sizes, colors and bronze designs for you to choose.  Follow these links to see what's available.
 
GRANITE COLORS FOR BRONZE ON GRANITE MARKERS
These granite colors are available for the granite bases that go beneath bronze markers.  They will have a polished top and the sides will be cut smooth (but not polished).
 
Lone Star Pink Moonlight Gray Mountain Red Royal Mahogany Sierra White
 
BRONZE ON GRANITE SIZE
Bronze on granite markers are available in a variety of sizes.
 
Bronze on Granite Individual Companion
 

24x12 Bronze with a 28x16x4 granite base

36x13 Bronze with a 40x17x4 granite base 

 

24x14 Bronze with a28x18x4 granite base

44x14 Bronze with a 48x18x4 granite base

 
GRANITE SIZE
The size of the marker you decide to choose depends on if you need a memorial for an individual or for two people. Once you have selected an individual or companion marker, we have the following sizes available (mesured in inches).
Flat Markers  

Individual 

Companion
  20x10x4 (Child marker) 42x12x4
  24x12x4 (Most Popular) 48x14x4 (Most Popular)
  28x16x4 54x16x4
 

Bevel Markers

Individual 

Companion
  20x10x6 (Child Marker)  42x12x6
  24x12x6  (Most Popular) 48x14x6 (Most Popular)
  28x16x6   54x16x6
 

Slant Markers   

Individual 

Companion
  24x10x16  (Most Popular) 42x10x16 (Most Popular)
  28x16x16   48x10x16
 

Upright Monument

Individual 

Companion
  24x6x20   42x6x20
  24x6x24  (Most Popular) 48x6x20 (Most Popular)
  24x6x24 (Heart-Shaped) 48x6x26 (Heart-Shaped)
 
Upright Monuments will need to have a base. Our base sizes that are available include the following.

Bases   

Individual 

Companion
  36x12x6   54x12x6
  42x12x6 60x12x6
  66x12x6
 
GRANITE COLOR FOR GRANITE HEADSTONES AND MARKERS

Granite is quarried all over the world. Much of the granite used for monuments is quarried in the United States, but there are other areas in the world that produce different colors of granite. The granite we offer gives you a good variety of colors at affordable prices. The list below shows what those colors are.

Click on a granite color below to see the standard finishes available.

 
American Rose Jet Black Flash Black Premium Red Gray
         
     
Sunset Red Mahogany      
 
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