Selecting the perfect finish for a memorial

We are well known for offering the widest and most diverse selection of adults and childrens memorials available in the UK, in a range of designs, shapes, sizes and materials. It is always our goal to make sure our customers are completely satisfied with the finished memorial and to make sure they understand all the options available to them.

As well as choosing the design memorial itself, you will need to consider the type of finish you want it to have. Alongside the material, the finish will have a major impact on the final appearance of the memorial and can also help it to last longer without any need for maintenance or touch ups. There are several possible options when it comes to choosing finishes for headstones, kerb sets, memorial vases and other memorial products.

Many people opt for a polished finish, as this provides a smooth, shiny and impressive appearance. However, it is important to bear in mind that some traditional churchyards may not allow polished memorials due to their reflective quality not fitting in with the historic atmosphere of the grounds. If you do not wish to commit to a fully polished memorial, you may also choose a part polished finish. Part polished memorials are usually shiny and glossy on only one area, such as the inscribed face of the headstone, while the rest is matte.

A honed finish also provides a stylish and uniform smooth texture, but is less shiny and reflective than a polished finish. These are generally suitable for most churchyards and cemeteries, so you should not face any concerns about the acceptability of your chosen design.

If you wish a memorial to have a more rugged look, a pitched finish could be the way to go. This type of finish gives the appearance of a natural piece of stone, with a rougher, more individual and less uniform appearance which can look extremely impressive in the right setting. Pitches headstones look stunning in traditional or natural burial grounds, complementing their surroundings perfectly.

For something a little more unique, some people choose a tooled finish. This can involve the memorial masons inscribing or carving patterns or specific textures all over the material using the most suitable tools for the task.

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