Granite Headstones / Monuments

Granite is the most commonly used stone for creating memorial monuments. It is impervious to cold, heat, staining or weathering so it retains its original beauty and withstands the test of time. Granite can be sculpted or carved into various shapes and is very versatile. We use the finest granite from domestic and imported suppliers. All of our monument granite is covered by our everlasting guarantee.

 

Velvet Red monument graniteVelvet Red
Mt Rose monument graniteMt. Rose
Balmoral Red monument graniteBalmoral Red
Dark Barre monument graniteDark Barre
Light Barre monument graniteLight Barre
Stanstead Grey Sawn monument graniteStanstead Grey Sawn
Stanstead Grey monument graniteStanstead Grey
Prairie Green monument granitePrairie Green
Brits Blue monument graniteBrits Blue
Laurentian Pink monument graniteLaurentian Pink
Galaxy Black monument graniteGalaxy Black
Canadian Mahogany monument graniteCanadian Mahogany
Blue Pearl monument graniteBlue Pearl

 

Shapes

Granite monuments can be made in many different shapes and sizes. Most monuments are available in individual and companion sizes. Granite headstones are available in these shapes:

Flat monument shape

These stones are 3” thick and are set flat and even with the ground or placed on a granite foundation.

 

Pillow marker monument shape

Pillow markers are set flat and may be placed on a foundation with or without a base.  Pillow markers are sloped from 6" high at the back tapering to 3" in the front.  Some pillows can be ordered in unique shapes, such as the shape of an open book. 

 

upright monument shape
The upright memorial is set vertically on a granite base. Upright monuments are 4" or 6" at the top, and have a uniform thickness to the base.

 

hickey monument shape

A Hickey Upright is  3” thick at the top and increases to either  6” or 8" thick at the base. 

 

Polish Options

Typically, the face and the back of a monument are polished, smooth and shiny. You have the option of leaving the edges and top as a natural rough finish, or having these polished as well.

Your monument can be polished on:

Two sides (front and back)

Three sides (front, back and top)

Five sides (front, back, top and sides)

monument polishes

 

Lettering Techniques

We use two different techniques for adding lettering and graphics to the granite stone: sandblasting and laser etching.

Sandblasting

Sandblasting is suitable for granite of all colors.  Sandblasting is a process where we use high air pressure and force sand through a nozzle to carve the design and lettering on the memorial.

Laser etching
Another technique we use for both lettering and graphics is laser technology.  Detail of lasering allows us to incorporate almost any graphic into the design of your monument. In order to ensure high quality results with the best contrast, laser etching is done on black granite only. 

Design Elements

A monument can be personalized to reflect the personality of your loved one. Family heritage, life’s accomplishments, interests and hobbies, character, or faith can all be incorporated into the design of the monument. This can be done using images and words. If you cannot find a suitable design in our catalog, our design specialists can also create a custom design for you which will reflect your loved one’s unique personality. 

Photos

If you are interested in adding a photo or image to the monument, you have two options.

Option 1) Photos and images can be etched on the surface of the monument using laser technology. This option is available on black granite only and the image will appear black and white. A good quality photograph in its original form is required for best results.

Option 2) A quality ceramic portrait can be attached to the monument. Available in color or black and white, the portrait is permanently coated onto a ceramic disc using high temperatures to ensure image permanence. The portrait is guaranteed against breakage, fading or deterioration of any kind, including vandalism through the manufacturer . You can choose between 16 different shapes and sizes so you are sure to find one that fits with the style and size of your chosen monument. 

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All monument related photos courtesy of Peace Country Memorials Ltd.

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