Headstone Materials Guide


When preplanning your funeral, the headstone is one major decision you will need to make. When choosing a headstone for your final resting place, the first concern is what is allowed in the cemetery. Each one will have their own rules and regulations that will have to be followed. Once you have this information, you can use the following guide to select which option you prefer that will fit within the rules.


This is by far the most common option because it is affordable, durable, and comes with plenty of color options. Most cemeteries allow granite, although there may be limitations on the colors allowed. Color options include pure black, blue tones, green tones, red, pink, and tan. The darker colors show etching well, while lighter stones typically have the engraved information dyed a darker hue. You can get granite in a high-gloss sheen or you can opt for a stone that has a rougher, more natural texture.

As for design, granite can be carved into nearly any shape, from the traditional headstone to a large obelisk or even a statue. It is also commonly used for flat markers.


Marble is also allowed in many cemeteries, and it provides a lighter-colored alternative to granite. It isn't as durable and it typically costs more than granite, though. Marble isn't pure white, as it does have blue, grey, and black veins running through it.

Marble only comes in one finish – a satiny smooth finish that is meant to shed water and prevent staining. Unfortunately, marble can deteriorate, especially in damp climates, so it isn't always the best choice.


Limestone is mainly available in two colors, grey and tan. Although not as durable as granite, they do make attractive markers. Limestone only comes in one finish, a smooth finish similar to that of marble.

The light coloring of limestone makes it difficult to read inscriptions unless they are cut in deeply or dyed. The stones tend to weather and age, which can be an attractive look for those that like the appearance of old gravestones.


Bronze is the most popular of the metal gravestones, although metal plate is sometimes used in conjunction with stone. Most metals will age and tarnish over time, which can be attractive. As a general rule, metal is the most expensive option, whether you opt for a fully bronze marker or a stone marker with a metal plaque or statue attached. Metal also isn't allowed in all cemeteries due to its unorthodox appearance.

For more help, contact a company that specializes in headstones and grave markers. Check out websites like http://pemibakermemorials.com to get started.


19 July 2016

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