A monument stone does much more than mark your loved one’s resting place. It honors their memory and provides a place people can pay their respects. Granite and marble are two of the most popular materials used for headstones due to the natural beauty and strength of the surfaces. Below, learn about the two stones to know which is right for you.
Marble comes in a wide range of colors, but tombstones are typically made of white or grey marble with a beautiful vein marbled throughout the stone. It used to be the material of choice, so as you walk through a historical cemetery, you’ll find that most of the stones are marble. The limestone of the marble is soft, and it can be scratched with a blade and has calcium carbonate that will react with the acid in the rain. This causes visible weathering over time that may make the stone difficult to read.
Marble is gorgeous and sleek. However, it does not withstand the elements as well as other materials. This means that it is best used in enclosed spaces where it will not risk damage from flying debris or rain. For example, you may use it inside a mausoleum. However, if the marble does need upkeep, you can hire a restoration expert to maintain the surface.
Granite is an igneous rock, which is the result of cooling magma. This makes granite an extremely hard material. It can withstand poor weather conditions, strong sun, and other natural threats without wearing. It comes in all shades of black, gray, red, brown, blue, white, and green. The neutral colors, such as black and white, are popular in many cemeteries.
Granite is the material of choice for most modern-day grave markers. Its hardness means you can expect the lettering to be easily readable for many decades in the future, so the stone will stand the test of time. It looks particularly beautiful with laser etching on the surface, which creates a contrast with the stone’s finish.
Fort Worth Monument will create a stone that properly memorializes your loved one in Tarrant County, TX. This family-owned company uses only the most beautiful natural stones and is dedicated to the finest level of craftsmanship. View some of their headstones on their website and call (817) 625-2721 to request a free estimate.