Monument & Marker Styles
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There are many different styles of granite memorials. You need to know the correct terminology, so that you can accurately describe them when discussing options with the place or ordering. The following will teach you the definitions of the terms we use.
Most flat markers, bevel markers, and slant monument have a polished face. Upright monuments are usually polished on the front and back. Typically bases are polished on the top. Visible surfaces that are not polished or steeled are rock pitched. The bottom of every marker is usually sawed since they are not visible.
- A wide variety of smooth and textured patterns made by pneumatic hammers and steel chisels.
Balance Rock Pitched
- Rough cut surface with mitered corner lines.
Bottom as Quarried
- Rough broken surface.
- Cut smooth to fit on smooth surface.
Bottom Sawn / Balance Sawn
- Smooth finish, may have saw marks.
- Carving with no contouring details.
- A dark, smooth finish ground with carborundum wheel orloose abrasive and water.
- Paint specially formulated for stone.
- A light smooth, finish by sand blasting with fine childed shot.
Pitched to Top Line Only
- Edges are left rough as if broken.
- A dark mirror-glossy finish, made with felt buffer and tin oxide.
Polished Bevel Top
- Glossy Top (at an angle to bottom)
Polished Flat Top
- Glossy Top (parallel to bottom)
- A hand-cut rustic finish with edges dressed to a straight line.
- Curved with highest point in the center, reverses at the ends.
- Carved with details contoured.
- A hand-cut rustic surface with strong, scalloped or dish shaped appearance.
- Widely known industry standard.
- A light, smooth finish, from grinding with iron wheel and chilled shot.
- A rough, random-texture finish created by spalling with high-temperature gas flames.