Headstones FAQ – South Wales Monuments

What are headstones made from?

Typically, materials such as granite, marble and several types of limestone are commonly used to create and craft headstones. Granite and bronze are the most popular materials to use for headstones nowadays. There are many different materials that headstones can be made from; this is entirely up to the craftsmen of the headstone.

How is a headstone made?

Headstones are normally made by experienced craftsmen. Once the materials and design have been chosen, the stone will be cut and drilled into the desired shape. The edges will also be polished for a smooth finish. In many cases, the stone will also be sprayed with steam in order to remove any glue or stencils on the headstone.

Are headstones expensive?

Headstone costs will entirely depend on the size, material, inscriptions, design and additional features. The average cost for a headstone is usually between £1000 and £3000. This takes into account any personalisation and bespoke requests; however bespoke headstones will usually be more expensive.

Do headstones come in different colours?

Headstones are available in a variety of different colours. This can be chosen before the headstone is crafted and designed. Common colours include black, grey, red and white. The colour will also depend on the primary material used for the headstone. Certain cemeteries may have their own specified requirements for headstones colours.


Why are headstones important?  

Headstones were created in order to prevent the dead from rising. Nowadays, headstones are used to represent the dead. They are usually used in order to remember a loved one who has passed away. A headstone represents the memory of someone’s life. Headstones are important to those who have lost a loved one and wish to remember them.


Can you personalise a headstone?  

The personalisation of a headstone normally takes the form of an inscription. Inscriptions are lettering and messages that are engraved onto the headstone. Personalisation can also reference the colour and design of the headstone. Bespoke headstones often incorporate a lot of personalisation in order to make the end product as unique as possible.

How are headstones engraved?

In order to engrave a headstone, the surface will normally need to be polished. Engraving will also require a stencil in order to ensure that the inscriptions are accurate. The actual engraving will usually require a knife or sharp object so that the inscription is properly engraved onto the stone – it usually requires a certain amount of force.

Can you design your own headstone?

Designing your own headstone for your loved one will ensure your headstone is unique and personal. Bespoke headstones incorporate all of the features requested by the customer. The craftsmen will ensure that the headstone is made to order. You can design your own headstone within the variety of colours, materials and inscriptions available.

Can headstones be repaired?

Yes. Headstone repair will normally be covered by the insurance that was taken out when the headstone was installed. However, headstone repair can often take a long time, depending on the damage that has been done. It will require proper tools and materials in order for the repair to be successful. You should always get a trained individual to fix your headstone.

How do I take care of a headstone?

Looking after a headstone will protect its longevity and ensure it does not occur any accidental wear and tear. It is important that you clean the headstone with little force in order to prevent scratches or dents. The cleaning method will entirely depend on the material that the headstone is made from.

How much does headstone insurance cost?

Typically, a headstone of £1000 value will cost £61 for 5 years cover. This also includes subsidence of the memorial. A total care service will cost around £80 a year for 4 visits to the headstone per year. Headstone insurance will protect your headstone in the instance that it is damaged or requires renovation. It is particularly recommended for expensive headstones.

What cleans headstones?

The best way to clean a headstone is to use warm soapy water, however, this will depend on the material and features of the headstone. It is recommended that you use a cloth, scraper and specialised cleaner in order to protect the headstone. You should only attempt to clean a headstone if it is not damaged as cleaning an already damaged headstone may damage it further.