Headstones are used as a marker and memorial for those who have passed away. While you want to select one that properly honors your loved one, choosing the right headstone goes beyond style and what best represents the deceased. The climate in which the monument will be placed should also be considered. Below is a guide to help you decide which material is best suited for your climate and needs.
Materials to Consider
One of the most popular materials is granite. It is highly adaptable and available in a wide array of colors and finishes. Due to its durability and affordability, many burial locations in a variety of climates use granite.
Another material gaining popularity is bronze. Just like granite, it is sturdy and resilient to strong winds. However, it is a pricier choice, and not every location will permit it. Be aware that bronze can change color and tarnish over time, so it may not be the best option for rainy or hurricane-prone areas.
Different limestone options are also common. Over time the surface hardens, safeguarding it from heavy rain and erosion. When choosing limestone, make sure that any engravings are bold and deep-set, since the elements can negatively impact shallow or small lettering. Although strong and beautiful, limestone is softer than granite.
Many people love the look of white marble headstones due to their unique veining and rich appearance. Unfortunately, marble can be fragile, especially in moist or humid environments. Consider this material if you live in an area that experiences dry heat.
No matter the material, headstones need regular maintenance and cleaning. Colors tend to fade, and some materials are more susceptible to weathering than others. This erosion can make engravings illegible.
If your marble or limestone monument has cracks and flakes, a consolidator should be applied before any sealants to fill empty spaces and bond the stone once again. When applying sealants, make sure the stone is completely dry.
The material dictates how intensely it can be cleaned. The more durable it is, the more cleaning it can withstand. For example, granite can handle vigorous cleaning, especially to remove calcium deposits that develop over time. A cup of non-ionic soap and distilled water applied with a scouring pad will do. For marble, opt for a cup of ammonium hydroxide, distilled water, and a natural bristle brush. Bronze headstones can be scrubbed with a soft cloth, non-ionic soap, and distilled water. However, it will also need polish and wax annually to retain its shine. Before cleaning the headstone, check with the cemetery whether they have cleaning services and if they permit self-cleaning.
Since 1936, Fort Worth Monument has been the top choice for headstones and monuments to memorialize a loved one who has died. They are located in Tarrant County, TX, and will serve 100 miles from Fort Worth. Their caring team will assist each customer every step of the way to ensure the perfect grave marker is crafted. To request a free estimate, call (817) 625-2721. Visit their website for a look at their gallery of work.