Whether you call it a gravestone, headstone, tombstone, memorial, or grave marker, most likely this is the first time you have ever had to choose a monument. Let us help you design the perfect memorial for your loved one. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
Location: 313 Winchester St, Decatur - Located at the Historic 5 Points
There are many variables in pricing including the color, size, and number of surfaces polished. Main Street Monuments has a long history of very competitive pricing. If you are working within a budget, please do not hesitate to bring this up at the beginning of the discussion. We are in the business of providing excellent service whether the job is large or small.
No. When Main Street Monuments quotes a job for you, it should be a complete price finished and installed. The only exception to this answer would be in the rare case a representative needs to investigate pricing on the cemetery foundation fees. In this case, the rep will tell you he or she will get back to you as soon as they can find this information.
The overwhelming majority of memorials are made of granite. We do offer bronze markers if your cemetery requires it or if it is your personal preference. We also still produce memorials from marble on occasion. However, granite is the superior choice for beauty and durability.
Granite is a plutonic, or deep-seated igneous rock characterized by the presence of the minerals quartz, feldspar, and mica. The rock is wholly crystallized and possesses an irregular granular texture. The feldspar and mica give granite its warm rich colors. The quartz gives it its shine and sparkle. Igneous rocks are the hardest rocks, being almost impervious to erosion.
The making of a monument is a long process. Huge 20-ton blocks of granite are cut and blasted from quarries, some over 350 feet deep. Only about 20% of all granite lifted out of these quarries is good enough for memorials. The rest is discarded. The good blocks are then cut into slabs like loaves of bread using huge diamond-tipped saws. The slabs are polished on both sides and then cut or broken down into selected memorial shapes. Using hammer and chisel, skilled craftsmen then perform the final shaping. The blank polished memorials are then shipped to companies like ours who work with the family to determine the final design that will be sandblasted into the surface of the memorial.