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What to Look for to Find the Best Headstone for You

Whether you’re choosing a headstone for yourself or a loved one, there are certain factors you should consider to find the best one.

To choose the perfect headstone, ask yourself the following key questions. The answers to these questions will let you know what to look for in a headstone.

What are the regulations at the cemetery?

Cemeteries and memorial parks have regulations that vary by location. Some allow only certain types of headstones, while others are more flexible. Be sure to check the regulations at your chosen burial site before you decide on the final details of your headstone.

What is my budget?

As with most items, the price of a headstone varies greatly depending on the style and materials you choose. Typically, headstones cost between $2,500 and $5,500. You must decide what you are willing and able to spend on the headstone, as this will affect which style you can afford.

What material do I want?

Headstones are usually made of marble, slate, bronze or granite. Each of these materials is also available in a variety of colors. Decide what is most important to you regarding the material: color, durability, patterns, etc. This will guide you to choose the perfect headstone. For example, white marble can be attractive, but it tends to deteriorate over time.

What are my design options?

Headstones come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and shapes. You can customize your headstone design or choose a standard design. It may help to walk through a cemetery and look at headstones to see which kind you like. You’ll notice several common styles:

  • Flat markers: This type of headstone lays flat on the ground and is usually rectangular and made of granite or bronze.
  • Bevel markers: This style also lays on the ground, but it is slanted so the back is higher than the front.
  • Slant markers: These headstones stand upright but have a sloping face. They are installed in a concrete or granite base.
  • Upright headstones: This is the traditional headstone design, with a wide base and upright tablet. These are available in any shape or size, per cemetery regulations.
  • Ledger marker: This type of headstone is a slab of stone that covers the entire grave. It may also cover more than one grave.

Do I want any accessories?

Possible accessories include flag holders, picture frames, wreath holders and flower vases. You can also add custom statues and lighting to the headstone.

Who is the best supplier?

When it’s time to choose the perfect headstone, you need a quality supplier to assist you. Look for a company that has experience and a proven track record in the industry.

We have answers

If you’re wondering what to look for in a headstone, consult with the professionals at Harsha Monument Co. We’re here to help. We are your local, full-service monument company, serving individuals and families since 1854. We offer a complete selection of markers and monuments and can help you choose the perfect headstone to meet your needs. Contact us today at 937-393-2810.