Cemetery Monument Information and Frequently Asked Questions
Cemetery monument information and some answers to frequently asked questions. You can also find additional information about cemetery monument design and our company on these pages:
- About Our Houston Monument Company
- Headstone Designs and Monuments Design Process
- Tombstone Shapes and Monument Styles
- Cemetery Monument Finishes
- Granite Colors for Cemetery Monuments & Memorials
- Headstone Quotes and Epitaphs
- Memorial and Headstone Cleaner
- Customer Reviews
- Schlitzberger and Daughters Videos
- The Schlitzberger Blog
We encourage you to contact us to visit with our staff about any other questions you may have.
How long should I wait before purchasing a monument?
What do I need to know about purchasing a monument?
Currently in the United States, there are more than 160,000 cemeteries; each with varying regulations, restrictions and requirements. No comprehensive data base of cemetery policies, restrictions and guidelines exists. It is therefore impossible for Schlitzberger & Daughters or for any other memorial retailer to sell you a memorial online and assure you that it will meet your local cemetery’s requirements. This dilemma highlights the consumer’s need to work with an experienced, reputable company to insure that whatever monument is designed and purchased will not be rejected by the local cemetery board. Schlitzberger & Daughters have this experience and expertise.
In addition to the technical impossibility of online selling due to varying cemetery requirements, standards and regulations, there is another important consideration – customer care. There are noted online booksellers who provide great pricing, a wide selection and exceptional customer service. But a memorial is not a book. There are many considerations when designing and crafting a memorial. We at Schlitzberger & Daughters have certified memorialists who are passionate about providing our customers with personalized, quality care. We choose not to sacrifice this value for mere expediency.
What are monuments made of?
What are typical monument styles?
- Flush markers – these are placed flush with the ground.
- Bevel markers – these are not very high above the ground, with the back of the stone being a few inches higher than the front.
- Slant markers – these stand typically 16 or so inches above the ground with the back of the stone straight vertical, and the front sloping at about a 45 degree angle.
- Traditional upright monument – these are typically a two piece memorial consisting of the monument and a base that it is attached to, or a one piece monument (called a monolith) with a portion of it buried into the ground.
Are mausoleums an option?
What about personalizing a monument?
What other products can be added to the monument?
How much does a monument cost?
What are the exact dimensions of the memorials you are comparing?
What are the credentials of the company you are buying from?
Are the memorials double processed or single processed?
How deep is the lettering carved into the stone?
If you purchase from an online company, what type of recourse do you have if the memorial arrives wrong?
We have been here since 1961, and we have a storefront available for customers to visit. We do not sandblast a memorial until the customer has signed their approval on a scale layout.