Flat markers are . . . you guessed it . . . flat. They sit completely flat on either a granite base, within the concrete foundation or are flush with the ground. There is no slant at all to the face of the stone.
Bevel means tilted or slanted. These stones are only slightly slanted, meaning the front of the marker is lower than the back. These are sometimes called wedge or pillow markers. Bevel markers can be used with a base or without.
Regular slant markers generally have a 16” slanted face and have a 3” rock pitch bevel (the polish stops 3” from the bottom and then is rough) on the front. The slanted face allows the stone to be viewed well from a distance. Slants can be used with a base or without.
Single Upright Monuments
Upright monuments are . . . well, upright! There is no slant to the die (or top part of the stone). Uprights allow for more design capabilities because of the extra space on the front and back. There are many sizes, shapes and designing options with uprights. Depending on the cemetery regulations, uprights may have a height limit.
Double Upright Monuments
(Also called companion monument) – Double monuments are commonly used for couples, close family members or multiple family members. Double monuments have the most space, so there are many sizes, shapes and designing options available. Depending on the cemetery regulations, uprights may have a height limit.
Memorial benches are a unique alternative to a traditional marker or monument and provide a place to sit and remember your loved one. Benches are not just limited to be placed in cemeteries. Some choose to place a bench in a garden or landscaping as a memorial for a loved one. Bench options can include a niche for cremated remains, backless or with a back, and many more other options. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
Laser etchings are amazing and the options are endless! Take a photo of a farm scene, family member(s), drawing or any design and it can be laser etched on a marker. Etchings can be done on many colors of granite, not just black.
Carvings are a design which is carved (or cut deep) into the granite. Whereas etching is very light, carvings are cut deeper and consist of outlines of the shapes, with more lines carved to form the details. For example, a rose leaf carving would have the leaf shape outline and then more carved lines in the middle to depict the detail of the leaf. Carvings can be done at varied depths to create different affects.
Porcelain pictures are a beautiful, visual way to memorialize your loved one. A chosen photo can be used to create an exact replica on porcelain. There are different shapes, sizes, color options and even photo editing available. The picture is then mounted permanently on the marker.