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3 Common Types of Headstone Materials May 31, 2019

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3 Common Types of Headstone Materials , Willimantic, Connecticut

headstone allows you to celebrate the life of someone who’s passed and leave them an enduring message. This memorial will last many years and offer a source of comfort for you and your loved ones. If you’re designing a headstone, one of the first choices you’ll have to make is what material you want to be used. To help you make an informed decision, here are some common options and the benefits they bring. 

3 Materials Often Used for Headstones

1. Granite

headstoneOne of the most traditional choices for grave marker materials, granite is a cost-effective and timeless option. For cemeteries with specific marker guidelines, such as churchyards, granite is often the only allowed material for cohesion. It is available in a wide range of colors and is an ideal medium for etching and sandblasting, which can be used to incorporate images or quotes to honor your loved one.

2. Bronze

Another popular type of metal for memorials, bronze is a beautiful and classic solution. It’s a stately choice for traditionalists for its polished, elegant look. It also holds up to the elements and maintains its luster for many years. You can add an engraved bronze plate onto a granite base to add texture and visual appeal.


Many people consider marble monuments the standard choice for memorials. Many of the country’s most-loved monuments were sculpted out of marble, leaving behind timeless treasures.While marble peaked in popularity in the 19th century, this timeless and elegant material remains popular today. It’s also easy to cut and polish than other materials, making the creation opportunities endless. 


If you’re seeking a trusted source for quality headstones, memorials, and other types of custom monuments, turn to Tri-County Memorials in the Waterford, Norwich, and the Willimantic areas. Serving those east of the Connecticut River, these experienced professionals have been dedicated to quality craftsmanship since 1973. They use cutting-edge technology to design unique memorials to honor the lives of loved ones. Explore their gallery of completed work online or call (860) 443-8744 for Waterford, (860)-886-6200 for the Norwich location and (860)-456-8658 for the Willimantic location to discuss your memorial.

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