Which Material is Best for a Headstone?

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Finding the perfect design for a headstone is a difficult task, but here at Summers Memorials, we are on hand to help you.

A headstone should be built to stand the test of time, so finding the right material is a vital step in the process. There are many factors to consider when selecting a material, including cost, versatility and appearance.

Here at Summers Memorials, we only work with quality natural materials that are suitable for use in the UK climate. We work closely with a number of cemeteries in Bristol and offer a range of different materials to suit all requirements.

Below are some of the most popular stones we work with:  

Granite

Headstone made of granite stone material

By far the most popular choice for a headstone, granite is an impressively durable stone that will maintain its appearance for decades. This strong stone is not affected by normal weather conditions and has a unique composition that allows for intricate designs to be carved into it. Granite is relatively low cost compared to other natural materials, and its longevity makes it a worthy investment. It comes available in a range of beautiful finishes, including Star Galaxy, Blue Pearl and Bahama Blue, and a range of various red granite headstones, although classic Black Granite is the most common choice for a memorial.

Marble

Headstone made of white marble stone material

Marble is a beautiful, elegant stone that is another popular choice for memorials. It has a striking natural appearance, and it can be intricately carved into almost any design. White marble features veins of black, grey, or blue running through it, making each piece completely unique. It can be carved into almost any design, but it can also become weathered over time from the mild acid found in rainwater. This can cause inscriptions to become difficult to read and can also ruin the beauty of the design. It is also overall more expensive than other headstone materials. Nevertheless, the true aesthetic beauty of marble continues to attract attention.

Limestone

Headstone made of limestone material

Portland Limestone is another great stone material for a headstone due to its durability and versatility. Other limestones are also suitable, but the beauty of Portland Limestone makes it hugely popular. It has a distinctively beautiful finish which has seen it commonly used for traditional headstones for many years. As with marble, limestone is weathered by the mild acid in rain over time. Although a Portland Limestone headstone will last for decades, the inscription and beauty will fade quicker than that of other materials – but this is something that a memorial restoration specialist can easily restore.

Welsh Slate

Headstone made of slate stone material

Slate is a popular material for a headstone due to its durability and attractive finish. Here at Summers Memorials, we use only the highest quality locally sourced Welsh Slate. It is highly resistant to the weather elements, ensuring your slate headstone retains its unique beauty for decades to come. The unique composition of slate stone allows for extremely intricate carving, which makes it an excellent choice for those seeking an suitable headstone material.

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Here at Summers Memorials in Bristol, we work with a selection of quality natural materials to offer a range of memorials across Somerset and the surrounding areas. Our skilled family advisors have years of experience in helping families find the right way to commemorate a loved one, and are on hand to help you find the best material for your headstone – so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

There are restrictions in place across certain cemeteries that prohibit the use of some materials. We work closely with all Bristol cemeteries so can ensure you find the perfect memorial for your chosen cemetery, including Avon View Cemetery, South Bristol Cemetery, and Thornbury Cemetery. Our years of experience allow us to offer expert advice on the regulations of each individual burial space.

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