How Gravestones Are Made

Materials are important in defining the gravestone style and its durability. Here are some of the materials that are common in making gravestones;

  1. Different gravestone materials

i. Granite

This is the most durable material and can withstand any weathering. The material is available in different colors, including grey, black, blue, and red. Traditionally, this material was expensive but is now affordable than it used to be. It is popular in churches graveyards which sometimes insist on the use of granite gravestones for uniformity.

ii. Bronze

Bronze markers are now becoming popular with the local authorities, given their hardy nature. The gravestones made of this material will be good, but over time, they start to darken. The good thing about bronze materials is that it is easy to maintain and is resilient as well. In terms of prices, bronze is a bit expensive compared to granite. Bronze gravestones are not allowed in church graveyards.

iii. Marble

Marble is a strong material and can give a great look in the beginning. It can also last long without wearing out, but it can never beat granite in durability. Moreover, marble gravestones are vulnerable to weather changes, and this is why they are never placed in damp areas. If it is placed in a damp area, over time, the inscriptions will fade away. If your loved ones wishes were to be buried in the church graveyard, unfortunately, you cannot use a gravestone made of marble material because it is not allowed in church graveyards.

iv. Limestone

Unlike the other material options that come in different colors, the most common limestone material is light beige and is called Nabresina. The material is long-lasting and allowed in the church graveyards. If your material option was a white marble, this form of limestone can be a perfect alternative and pleases the eye. The most common stone used in the Portland Stone is usually referred to as limestone and is common in churchyards.

  1. Gravestone finishes

From the list above, it is clear that bronze and granite are the easiest to maintain, but that does not mean gravestones from other materials cannot last long as long as they have the needed attention and care. ( Once you have decided on a material to use, it becomes easy to pick the finish because this determines how long the gravestone will stay in the right condition and its appearance.

A polished gravestone is usually shiny and smooth, and they are allowed in every cemetery run by the council. ( The polished gravestone also needs proper maintenance to prevent any discolorization or blemishes from occurring. Here are some of the finishes you can use on the gravestone;

i. Pitched

This finish is rough and gives the gravestone a unique appearance. ( The rustic look ensures that the edges are jagged and fit perfectly into the surrounding.

ii. Honed

This finish produces a smooth and non-reflective look. The gravestone surface is finished by removing some of the polish with dust. It is common with gravestones that have many colors.

iii. Part polished

Gravestones of this kind are glossy at the top and base, while the other parts are left with a pitched or honed finish. This finish is used to highlight images and inscriptions.