Many people have never purchased a memorial before when the task comes to them. Here in northern Indiana if you take a walk through a cemetery, you will quickly realize that the newer memorials there are made from granite, and for good reasons. Our climate here has intensely hot summer sun, harsh winters, and temperatures that vary by over 100 degrees. Monuments are meant to last, and that means choosing a stone that will be able to endure sun, rain, snow, and fluctuating extreme heat and cold.
So Why Granite?
Granite is Durable
According to Coldspring Granite, "Not only is granite beautiful, but it’s also more durable and resistant to freeze-thaw cycles than most other hardscape materials. In addition, granite has a low absorption rate and is highly resistant to fire and heat. Depending on the type, granite is rated six or seven out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This rating means granite can withstand some of the harshest environments with relatively little upkeep." Of course, a granite company would say that, but as you walk through cemeteries and look at older stones made from other stone such as limestone, you'll quickly notice how they have deteriorated over time whereas granite retains its shape, beautiful color and engravings with fairly little upkeep (your stone still needs routine maintenance and cleaning to look its best).
Granite comes in many different colors and variations and is more affordable than marble. Common shades include grays, blacks, browns and reds, but it can also be found in pink, white, blue and even green. There are granite quarries right here in the United States (unfortunately none in Indiana or Michigan).
Granite is an excellent choice for stone design. Because granite is so durable, it holds up well to laser etching and sandblasted lettering and designs. This allows for creative personalization such as laser etched portraits and scenes.
These are just a few of the reasons why we provide granite memorials to our community. With so many color choices, design options and styles, you will likely need help figuring out what will work best for you and your family. We hope you will rely on us to help you select the perfect granite memorial for your loved one.