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What's the Difference Between Granite & Marble Headstones? July 31, 2020

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What's the Difference Between Granite & Marble Headstones?, Rochester, New York

After losing a loved one, one of the difficult decisions you’ll likely make is what type of headstone would best memorialize them. Two popular material options are granite and marble. Below is a helpful guide that outlines the benefits of both headstone types so that you can select the one that best fits your needs during this difficult time. 

Granite Headstones

This natural stone is available in a variety of styles and colors, including shades of brown, blue, red, pink, gray, green, and black. Despite the wide selection of color choices, each stone will have color variances due to naturally-formed particles of rock. Granite works well with laser etching because of its high durability, so it’s an excellent choice for a customized headstone. Correctly done etching or engraving will stand out and last for years with the contrast provided by colored granite.

Marble Headstones

headstoneMarble is another natural stone that is a classic choice for headstones and markers. Because it was economical and polished quickly in a high gloss, it was the go-to material from the 1850s until the 1920s. It’s available in multiple colors, but the more frequently used shades are white or gray. However, the material is porous and not as durable as granite, which means moisture will seep into the stone as it’s exposed to the elements throughout the years. The moisture causes erosion, and over time, names, dates, and other details about the decedent may become blurred.


Regardless of your choice of a headstone, the compassionate team at McGee Monuments will create a beautiful marker to honor the life of your beloved family member or friend. For more than 100 years, this company has created monuments to commemorate loved ones throughout the Rochester, NY, area. With their extensive selection of memorials, markers, and gravestones in a variety of colors and styles, they will help you find the perfect product for your needs. They also offer custom-made monuments as well as high-quality inscriptions. To schedule your appointment, call (585) 546-4602 or visit them online today.

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