When exploring their options for granite for their grave markers, customers may end up feeling overwhelmed by scientific terms that granite experts often use to describe the differences in the various types of granite.
Terms like “modulus of rupture,” “compressive strength” and “bulk density” can intimidate even someone with a high IQ but who is not overly keen on physics. For those consumers, and all others, we say, “relax.”
While different types of granite do have various technical measures of strength and quality, the differences are all-but meaningless for the purposes of building a long lasting memorial tribute. Bridge builders and skyscraper architects will definitely want to be sure of their granite’s compressive strength and rupture modulus, but headstone shoppers need not worry so much. If a piece has met the minimum requirements to be officially called “granite,” then it will, without a doubt, be perfect for a memorial that will weather the elements for about as long as time.
All grave marker granite will be heavy, strong, and sturdy. The question that should most concern consumers, then, is simply, color. Granite is available in a huge variety of colors – from green to shiny black to speckled white to, well, just about any color and shade – and the choice is up to your tastes and your budget.
Pricing of the various colors is usually a function of, simply, how readily available a particular color is. Following the laws of economics, if a color is commonly found in the world, its price is, generally speaking, going to be low. Rarer colors will almost always cost more. Demand, of course, sometimes plays a role in how much a particular granite color will cost. But, more often than not, the price of granite is usually based on its availability. The highest priced granite types typically can be found in just one part of the world and, often, in just one quarry. With luck, the perfect granite color for you will be one that is readily available across the world.
When considering a bronze plaque for your granite based grave marker, it’s best to find a granite that will blend well with your plaque. But what does the word “blend” mean, exactly. That can be a tricky question because it depends on your taste. Blend, for some, can mean that the plaque will stand-out from the granite but still be color coordinated. For others, blend could mean that the plaque, more or less, matches the color of the granite.
When choosing a granite color, then, the best thing to do is decide on your plaque color, then decide if you’re a “stand out” or “match” person, and, finally choose your granite. And, of course, it’s always good to solicit opinions from other family members before deciding upon your granite color.
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