Granite is by far the most durable material used today. Marble is very soft in comparison and weathers over time. (You’ve all seen older whiter monuments that you can no longer read because of surface deterioration or lack of contrast) Granite comes in a wide variety of colors and therefore provides natural contrast between the polished surface and the engraving. Also, most granites cost less than marble.
Some cemeteries have regulations that must be taken into consideration when choosing a monument. We endeavour to stay current in this area in order to guide you appropriately.
Monuments for Cremation vs. Traditional Casket Burial
Unless regulated by the cemetery, there is no difference in choosing a monument for a loved one who was cremated vs. buried in a traditional casket. You will be given full freedom in your choice of the monument
In an effort to keep choosing a memorial simple, the following is a list of what is included when purchasing a memorial from Carman Granite & Marble Works.
• the monument or marker of your choice
• selected standard designs from our collection of over 10,000
• all lettering to be engraved when first produced (See note below under “Extra’s”)
• proper sized standard gray base
• properly sized foundation
• delivery & installation within our main service area
• all Application/Administration/Perpetual Care fees, as levied by regulated cemeteries.
• scaled computer drawing, upon request
• our 10 year “Keep it level” guarantee
• full material & craftsmanship guarantee
Note: The greatest misunderstanding about what is included in the purchase of a memorial concerns future engraving of the death date. Carman Granite has never collected fees for this service in advance. Why?
It is illegal to collect money for services to be provided in the future, without establishing a trust account for that money. It becomes too cumbersome & expensive to administer small trust accounts, since the fee for completing this work is minimal.
We have seen situations where estate executors were not aware of where the original memorial was crafted. In making arrangements with another company to complete the final information, any pre-paid funds would be lost.
In an effort to eliminate that possibility & at the same time ensure that future engraving will match exactly, Carman Granite can provide you with a Direction & Authorization document. When placed with your will, you will ensure that your estate executors know how to contact us when the time comes.
When it comes to repairing & restoring existing monuments, you can be assured that our experience in the industry since 1922 comes in very handy. Whether it be raising & relevelling crooked monuments or refurbishing the lettering & designs of a hard to read monument, we specialize in restorations of any kind.
We will provide expert analysis & review all possible options in an effort to restore the beauty of any older monument.