Consumer Tips On Purchasing A Cemetery Headstone or Grave Marker
Many consumers have never purchased a cemetery headstone or
marker, therefore it would be in your best interest to first
shop around to compare quality, craftsmanship and prices before
making a final decision. Selecting a cemetery headstone will be the most
permanent thing you will ever purchase in your lifetime, so
there's certainly no need to make a quick and hasty decision.
It is important during the process of cemetery memorial shopping that you
ask many questions. You should ask for the name and original
origin of the granite(s) that you are interested in. For
example, there are many grey granites on the market today, with
many different names such as Barre Grey granite, Classic Grey
and even Heritage gray
however, Barre Grey is from Barre, Vermont and Classic Grey is
from Georgia. Both may appear very similar in appearance, but
Barre Grey is known to be far more superior and will not hold
moisture like the less expensive and softer Georgia Grey will. Also, some companies have been known to change
the names of granites to impede comparison shopping. Example;
Dakota Mahogany is now being called Burgundy by some memorial
dealers. This is why
we always recommend asking exactly from what part of the country
or world the granite comes from.
Because there so many varying degrees in the way a granite
memorial is crafted by headstone companies, you should always
ask to see actual examples of a headstone company's finished product. This
way you can carefully examine the craftsmanship of the design,
shaped roses, lettering, etc. This will give you a good idea on
the kind of quality you can expect to receive from that
If you are having a cemetery headstone quoted, you should
always ask for the exact size dimensions, including the
the memorial. The size of the bottom piece or "base" should be
furnished with the length, width and height (ex: 3-0 x 1-0 x
0-10). The top piece, known as a "tablet or die" should be
furnished with the length, width, and height in this order
(ex: 3-6 x 0-08 x 2-2).
A granite memorial should be able to stand the test of time.
Therefore, you should receive a written perpetual
full replacement warranty on the granite and craftsmanship in
the event your granite headstone or granite marker proves
defective over time. And keep in mind, a written warranty is
only as good as the company that is writing it. Many of these
start-up internet-only monument companies have been around 10
years or less and are like other dot com companies that come and
go over time.
Woodlawn Memorials is not a "web based only" operation. We
are a "brick and mortar" monument business that has been around since 1907 carefully and
thoughtfully serving thousands upon thousands of satisfied
families with our guaranteed memorials, craftsmanship, and
monument lettering services. We will be here to stand behind our
work and honor our written guarantees.
"An Educated Consumer Spends Less and Receives More"
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memorials, gravestones, granite and bronze grave markers,
Woodlawn Memorials, Inc., 315 Elm St., Everett, MA 02149