At Dayton Monuments, our focus is to listen to your stories, to learn about your family and the life of your loved one. We want to discover what made them feel special, passionate, or happy. We want to hear about your best memories together and what will you miss most about them. We want to know as much as we can so that we can help you to create a special space where the story of their life is perfectly depicted, remembered, and celebrated.
There are many things to know and consider when selecting the ideal monument for your loved one. If you have never been through the selection process before, you may have many questions, we are here to answer them so that together we can capture your loved ones life story in stone.
Choosing the Perfect Memorial
At Dayton Monuments, we have created simple steps to make this decision easier for you. Our process starts with selecting the type, color, shape and size of your monument. Then, we want to hear your stories and memories. We will talk about the hobbies, passions and interests of your loved one, and we will design a memorial that celebrates their unique traits.
We have created this process to eliminate frustration and indecision. However, to further ensure that you feel prepared to choose the right monument for your loved one, we would like to provide you with additional facts and information about headstones and the selection process.
Headstones or monuments have also been called grave markers, memorials or tombstones. They are most commonly made of granite, and they come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The price of the monument is dependent on each of those factors.
Some monument companies will charge separately for the materials, design, manufacturing and setting. At Dayton Monuments, you will pay one affordable price that includes all of those services with no additional charges or fees per letter or for additional proofs.
It is our goal for your monument to be as unique as the life that it represents. Because of that, we offer an all-inclusive price to allow your family to have a personalized stone without paying an added expense for customization.
Many cemeteries have requirements or restrictions regarding the size or type of headstone that may be installed at the grave. It is a good idea to check with your cemetery before making selections, even though you are able to rely on us to check prior to processing your final order. Once we have information from the cemetery, the type, color, shape and size of the monument will need to be selected.
Choosing the Monument Type
The first, and least expensive, is called a flat marker, grass marker, or flush marker. This type of marker is parallel or flush with the ground.
The second type is very similar to a flat marker except that it is tilted up in the back. We call this type of stone a bevel marker.
The third type of headstone is called a slant marker. A slant is similar to an upright monument but has a slanted face or front.
The fourth type is an upright monument. An upright monument is comprised of two parts, a die, also called a tablet, and a base.
Choosing the Monument Color
There are many options to choose from when selecting the color of your granite. One of the most important distinctions to understand before selecting color is the difference between two manufacturing processes, sandblasting and etching.
The process of sandblasting happens when a rubber stencil of the approved design is printed and then attached to the granite. The portions of the design that need to be cut are pulled or picked out of the stencil. Then the stone is pushed through a sandblasting machine where pressurized sand hits the stone to carve out the design. All colors of granite can be used for the process of sandblasting. However, when using this process, unique design options are more limited.
The second process, etching, occurs when a design is transmitted to a large laser that cuts detailed designs, photographs and scenes into the stone. This process allows us to customize detailed designs into the granite. The limitation of this process is that only black granite can be used in the etching process.
Keeping these two processes in mind will greatly simplify your granite color decision.
Choosing the Monument Shape
The shape of the monument only becomes a factor when you are selecting an upright monument. The most common options for shapes are the serpentine top, teardrop, heart, and oval top.
Choosing the Monument Size
Monument size selection is typically based on two factors (aside from preference), cemetery regulations and desired detail of the design.
All cemeteries have specific plot or grave sizes and have designated a certain amount of space for a headstone. Be sure to check with the cemetery about the amount of space that is available for your specific grave.
The second factor, desired detail of the design, should also be considered if you are choosing a stone that must be sandblasted (explained in Choosing the Monument Color). If your stone is being sandblasted and you want to include small text or multiple objects, elements, or hobbies, then you will want to choose a larger stone as it would allow for more detail.