When choosing between a headstone, you'll usually be choosing between bronze headstones and granite headstones -- or bronze monuments and granite cemetery monuments. Both of these materials are often used because they last a long time and look very attractive, but granite has a few benefits over traditional bronze.
There Are More Color and Pattern Selections
Granite can be found in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can personalize it based on the preferences of your loved one. Bronze, of course, only really comes in a single color, though textures can be added to the surface. In general, because it's more difficult to work with, bronze is usually only produced in a few major styles. Granite, being carved, can be used to create more customized tributes.
Granite Will Not Develop a Patina
Over time, all bronze will begin to develop a green patina. Even with cleaning, there will always be somewhat of a green cast. Some people like this appearance while others find it unattractive. Granite does not develop a patina, making it preferable for those who want to avoid the green. Beyond the patina, both granite and bronze tend to be similarly easy to take care of.
Granite Headstones Are Cheaper
Bronze is up to four times more expensive than a traditional granite headstone, making granite the more economical option. Of course, that doesn't mean that one would have to find the cheapest option; instead, the money could go towards building a larger granite cemetery monument, compared to a smaller bronze headstone. By saving money on the actual material, more complex additions can be made to the headstone, such as lengthier engravings, inserted photographs and other thoughtful options.
Bronze Headstones Are Occasionally Stolen
Thieves tend to target bronze headstones because they can be melted down and then sold for money. Granite cannot be reused the way that bronze can. If you're concerned about the possibility of theft or that the grave of your loved one could be disrupted, a granite headstone may be best.
Price and other considerations aside, the decision between a granite headstone or a bronze headstone will often come down to personal preference regarding the aesthetics. Some people prefer the classic, clean appearance of granite while others prefer the stately and luxurious appearance of a bronze headstone. Granite is, however, the more versatile and less expensive option. The important thing, as always, is to find the headstone your loved one would have liked best.
If you have more questions about gravestone options for your loved one, contact a local supplier or manufacturer like Genesis Granite.