Upright monument headstones are tablet style gravestones that sit on a granite base, and are set on a foundation. They can vary greatly in shape and size, limited only by a specific cemeteries set of cemetery regulations. Single upright headstones, or "individual" upright monuments are generally taller than they are wide, while double upright headstones or "companion" upright monuments tend to be wider than they are tall - allowing more space for the engraving of two names.
Slant monuments, or "slanted memorials" are simply short grave marker tablets with a slanted face, and like upright tablets must sit on a foundation, usually with a granite base. A 2" flat area on the front of a slant monument is called "nosing", and can be polished or rock-pitched. A slant monument with no nosing is called a "full-face" slant. Full-faced slanted memorials are placed on a granite base in the cemetery, while slant monuments with nosing may be placed directly onto a foundation. This type of memorial is excellent for custom engraving and personalization
The Flat Marker is the most economical type of Memorial one will find. Flat Markers lay flat on the ground and come in a number of sizes and colors. These are a more affordable marker but does not mean lower quality. These markers will beautifully mark the resting place of a loved one for centuries to come.
Pillow grave markers are similar to flat grave markers but with a slightly slanted face, created from having a higher back edge, and often sit on a granite base in the cemetery. Pillowed gravestones may be personalized with custom shapes, sizes, or headstone designs.
Granite memorial benches are set on a foundation, and may sit on a granite base. Benches also vary greatly in shape and style, and may contain carved or bronze elements.
Monubenches, or monument-benches, are simply granite benches combined with an upright tablet. It is also common for granite or bronze statues to be a part of a monubench. Because of their make-up, monubenches can vary greatly in shape and style, and lend themselves well to creating custom memorials.
Columbariums & Mausoleums
Columbarium or mausoleum units can range from very large granite buildings or monuments. They are typically located at cemeteries or churches, to private family columbarium memorial units. Mausoleums entomb full caskets, while columbaria contain niche units which house urns containing cremated remains. The granite plates covering a crypt or niche unit may be removed, and are held in place by one of a number of different types of locking mechanisms. Some units contain what are called "rosettes", which are small knobs that connect to the locking mechanism and help in removing the granite plates. Optionally, small bronze vases may be installed for the placement of flowers on a specific unit.
Pet memorials may come in all shapes and sizes - whether a full monument tablet or slant, a granite plaque, a garden marker or boulder - headstones for pets are limited only to personal preference.
River rocks and boulders have become a more and more popular choice for engraving over the last few years. We regularly polish and engrave local boulders for use as memorial stones, garden markers, benches, signs for business, and home address markers.
Have a special project in mind? We can engrave or etch designs into many different surfaces. Visit us with your ideas and we can help you in any way we can.