How much do memorials cost?
Memorial pricing will vary based on the memorial style, size, finishes and color of granite. The color of granite you choose will ultimately dictate the price of your memorial, simply because each comes from a different quarry in different parts of the world.
What is included with the price of the memorial?
Individual memorials include: First name, Middle Initial, Last Name, Date of Birth and Date of Passing (if applicable), one Classic Monument design element and installation. (in our normal setting area)
Companion memorials include: 2 – First name, Middle Initial, Last Name, Date of Birth and Date of Passing (if applicable), one Classic Monument design element, choice of either a cross, praying hands or wedding rings between names, wedding date and installation. (in our normal setting area)
How do we pay for the foundation cost?
The cost of the foundation is dictated by the cemetery, based on the overall footprint of your memorial. We work directly with the cemeteries to ensure current pricing and calculate the foundation cost for you. The total foundation cost is then added to your contract with Piqua Granite. We then handle all correspondence with the cemetery to ensure we have the correct lot and section number, ensure they have the correct dimension to pour the foundation and they in turn notify us when the foundation is poured and ready for setting. Again, our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you and your family ~ we handle all of the necessary paperwork.
What is the most cost effective color of granite?
Classic Light Grey granite is the most cost effective. The quarry is located domestically, in Georgia. The granite is abundant and easily quarried year-round.
When will my memorial be in place?
There are many variables which play a part in the crafting and placement of your memorial in the cemetery. We have provided the most common variables below; however, please keep in mind, your memorial is crafted uniquely to your requests and specifications. Therefore, every memorial crafted will encounter unique setting timelines.
Granite ~ Granite is quarried either domestically or internationally. We can typically receive domestic granites within 3 to 4 months from the time the order is placed, the granite is cut from the quarry and is transported to our location. International granite typically takes 6 months, as there is added transit time coming across waters and through customs.
Production time ~ as we sandblast our own memorials we are able to control the production lead time. This allows us to craft your memorial as quickly as necessary. However, added features such as: portraits, laser etchings or bronze appliques may increase the production lead time.
Foundations ~ Typically, the cemeteries pour foundations 2x a year; once in the spring (April-May) and again in the fall (September – October). This timeline is weather dependent, as foundation can only be poured when the weather is dry and warm to ensure the concrete cures properly. As memorialists, we do everything within our power to have monuments and markers in place for Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Weather ~ Mother Nature plays a crucial role in our setting process. We must have warm, dry weather for the setting compound to cure properly. We make every effort to meet requested setting time lines, but are ultimately at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Can we choose any type of Memorial?
Each cemetery has their own rules and regulations regarding the types of memorials you may choose. For instance, some cemeteries only allow lawn level or flat markers; some even specify the types of materials you must use, such as bronze on granite. Others have sections within the cemetery where traditional upright monuments may be used, while other sections within the same cemetery may require a different style of memorial. Regardless the type of memorial, there will always be a maximum length and width you are allowed. Prior to purchasing your cemetery lots, it is best to speak with the caretaker for your cemetery to ensure your desired memorial style is allowed.
How can we pay for the Memorial?
Our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact us directly, so that we may discuss which options are best for you and your family.