When looking for a gravestone to commemorate the life of a loved one, you are likely to be given a choice of bronze or granite. These aren’t the only materials that can be used for stone markers but they are the most popular, and with good reason.
Both bronze and granite are durable, stand up to harsh weather and are ideal for carving intricate designs. They’re also favorable because they don’t need cleaning or maintenance too often.
Because bronze and granite are so common, most cemeteries have a policy of only allowing headstones and markers made from these materials on their grounds.
Bronze and granite markers are similar, but have distinct differences that make people choose one over the other.
Not sure which to choose?
Perhaps the most important factor is how the headstone looks. Both granite and bronze headstones can look beautiful and sophisticated with the option of adding personalized embellishments. This beauty can last for many years, however with bronze markers they can develop a green look over many years; although this look is not dramatic, it can have a slight impact on appearance.
Bronze headstones are typically produced in dark brown, light brown, verde green and antique green. These colors are standardized and recognized by most cemeteries.
Granite comes in a wider range of colors from blacks to reds, pinks, blues and greens.
Bronze is more expensive than granite. It is popular because it is so durable. In some areas however this means that it is prone to a greater risk of theft. Granite on the other hand is heavier and of less value to thieves.
Bronze markers often have removable plates which show the name, date of birth and death of the individual. This means that it is easier for adding the information of the surviving spouse in the future.
What about cleaning?
Cleaning is pretty much the same for bronze and granite.