Tips for Selecting the Right Kind of Monument Headstone

Tips for Selecting the Right Kind of Monument Headstone

November 10, 2020

The process of choosing a monument headstone can be rather overwhelming, especially when you consider the sheer number of choices available on the market. When you add this to the fact that, for many people, the choice of a monument comes during a period of loss and emotional strife, it can be difficult to get through the process in an efficient, non-stressful manner.

To make the process a bit easier for you, we’ve gathered some tips for selecting quality cemetery monuments for gravesites in Phillipsburg, NJ. Here are just a few of the things you’ll want to consider in making your decision:

  • Headstone design: This is going to be one of the first things most people will think about—how will the headstone look when it’s complete and installed? You can get headstones in flat or upright varieties, or larger memorials in more unique shapes. These come in different sizes and at different price points. Start with the more basic decisions (i.e. flat versus upright), and then move into the more intricate design elements from there.
  • Cemetery regulations: Before you get too far along with choosing a design for your headstone, you need to have a basic understanding of what is or is not allowed on the cemetery grounds. Every cemetery will have its own set of regulations you will need to abide by. These regulations may govern the size or type of monument, the materials you’re allowed to use and the methods of installation. You’ll need to have any design you select approved by the cemetery before installation, so don’t get too far ahead of yourself before checking in with the cemetery.
  • Material and color: There are several types of stone that are most commonly used for headstones, including granite, sandstone and marble. Granite is especially popular because it comes in a wide range of colors, though there are also different color options for sandstone and marble for you to choose from. Each one of these materials comes at different price points, but they’re all favored for their durability. You might have a harder time finding some specific colors or variants of the stones if you find yourself being particular about color and type.
  • Finish: After selecting the kind of stone and its color, you will then need to consider the kind of finish you’ll use for the monument. You can select polished, rustic, sawn or various other types of finishes, depending on what the monument company offers (though those are the three most common options). This is mostly a choice based on personal preferences, though there may be some additional maintenance or durability issues to consider for certain types of finishes.

Interested in learning more about the factors that should go in to your monument decision? For more information about quality cemetery monuments in Phillipsburg, NJ, reach out to Phillipsburg Memorial Company. We look forward to working with you to create a high-quality monument for you or your loved one that will last for many decades to come.

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