The Most Popular Types of Gravestone Materials

In this day and age technology has really advanced to the point where the type of design and writing put in gravestones is really varied. However, the basic materials that are used to create the gravestones have been the same for decades. Here are some of the most common materials used in modern monuments and gravestones


Granite is one of the most popular stones because it is exquisite with natural beauty. This material is usually unearthed in very huge chunks and then polished to the desired shape. As one of the most particularly prized grave materials, granite is resistant to high heat, low temperatures as well as acid rain pollution. The only problem with this gravestone material is that it is very challenging to clean, given the white films that build up over time. However, a good polishing usually brings it back to the original luster.


Marble was commonly used in the 1900s because it was cheap and easy to polish. It is also very easy to cut and curve with the tools available. However, even though marble polishes very well, it tends to get eroded much faster by moisture, this means that with time, the moisture the names, the names, dates as well as other carvings on the gravestone. In addition to that, sugaring, which is a steady dissolution on the surface will create a hash granular and crystalline look.


Bronze is a copper alloy that was customarily used to fabricate weapons as well as tools. However, it’s also as a very elegant detailing material when it comes to headstone designs. While most people like it for its durability and protection against different types of weather, it usually forms some green patina that’s not very good. During the restoration, it requires a lot of chemical treatments and elbow grease.


Concrete is loved for the fact that it can be formed or shaped in different ways. However concrete is susceptible to mildew and mold. Usually, gravestones made of this material needs to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Limestone and Sandstone

Both of these materials are very popular because they are very easy to carve. On the downside, both of them are not durable. When it comes to limestone, it usually cracks and breaks at the bedding, while sandstone gets damaged through the freeze-thaw cycles.


Fieldstone is a naturally occurring rock that is used mostly in building materials. It is found in most local fields, washed, then carved, and decorated. It makes a very beautiful gravestone as a matter of fact.

Final Say

All these gravestone materials come with advantages and disadvantages, which means that you need to look deeper into them before you make a choice. It is very important you consult the cemetery you are going to use about their gravestone requirements, rules and regulations. This is more so if you are using a churchyard because churches tend to be very strict about it. Regardless of what material you use, you will need to take care of it through the years.

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