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Marble Headstones: Some of The Most Common Questions Answered

For decades, O'Connor Memorials has supplied customers all over Kerry and the rest of Ireland with the best marble headstones. This material has been used for decades on monuments. The reason for this is apparent. Marble is a truly beautiful material that can be carved into various shapes, perfect for a memorial. We often get questions about these types of gravestones because we have supplied so many headstones to clients across Ireland. We have compiled some of the most common questions below to make it easier for our clients or the curious to find this information.

Do marble headstones last?

Marble headstones can last for many years, even centuries, if properly cared for and maintained. Marble is a durable and long-lasting material that can withstand exposure to the elements, such as rain, wind, and sunlight, for many years. However, due to exposure to pollutants, acid rain, and other environmental factors, marble can be susceptible to weathering, erosion, and discolouration over time.

Regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend a marble headstone's lifespan. This includes removing debris and plant growth from the surface of the headstone, avoiding the use of harsh cleaning agents or abrasive materials, and periodically applying a protective coating to help repel moisture and prevent staining.

Ultimately, the lifespan of a marble headstone will depend on various factors, including the quality of the marble, the location and environment in which it is placed, and the level of care and maintenance it receives.

How to clean old marble headstones?

Cleaning an old marble headstone requires care and attention to avoid causing damage. Here are some steps you can follow in cleaning an old marble headstone:

  1. Assess the condition of the headstone: Before starting the cleaning process, inspect the headstone for any cracks or areas that are particularly fragile. Do not attempt to clean any areas in poor condition or show signs of deterioration.

  2. Remove debris: Clear any dirt, debris, or plant growth around the headstone to avoid damaging the marble during cleaning.

  3. Test a small area: Before cleaning the entire headstone, test a small, inconspicuous area with your cleaning solution to ensure it doesn't cause discolouration or damage.

  4. Use a gentle cleaning solution: Mix a solution of warm water and a mild, non-abrasive soap or detergent. Apply the solution to the headstone using a soft-bristled brush or a cloth.

  5. Rinse thoroughly: Rinse the headstone with clean water, removing all soap residue.

  6. Dry the headstone: Gently dry the monument with a clean, soft cloth. Avoid using harsh or abrasive materials that could scratch the surface.

  7. Repeat if necessary: If the headstone is still dirty or stained, repeat it until it is clean.

It is important to note that certain cleaning products and techniques, such as using high-pressure water or acidic solutions, can damage the marble and should be avoided. It's also a good idea to consult with a professional conservator or restoration specialist if you need clarification on the best way to clean an old marble headstone. We provide complete headstone restoration services.

What is the average cost of a marble headstone?

The cost of a marble headstone in Ireland can vary depending on many factors, such as the size and design of the headstone, the type of marble used, and any additional features or inscriptions. Generally, the cost of a marble headstone in Ireland can range from several hundred to several thousand euros.

According to a survey by the Irish Association of Funeral Directors in 2020, the average cost of a headstone in Ireland was €1,400 (including VAT). However, it's important to note that this is an average and the actual cost of a marble headstone can vary widely based on the factors mentioned above and the specific location and provider. To request a marble headstone quote, please get in touch with us today.

Is granite better than marble for a headstone?

Whether granite is better than marble for a headstone depends on personal preferences and the specific requirements of the headstone. Both granite and marble are popular choices for gravestones, and each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Granite is a dense and durable natural stone resistant to scratches, chips, and other types of damage. It is also less porous than marble, which makes it less susceptible to staining and discolouration. Granite is available in a wide range of colours and patterns, which makes it a popular choice for custom-designed headstones.

On the other hand, marble is a softer and more porous natural stone prized for its smooth, elegant appearance. It is often used for traditional, classic-style headstones and monuments. While marble may require more maintenance than granite, it can be easier to carve and etch than granite, which makes it a good choice for intricate designs and inscriptions.

Granite may be a better choice for a headstone if durability and ease of maintenance are top priorities, while marble may be better if the appearance and aesthetic appeal are more important. Ultimately, the decision between granite and marble will depend on personal preferences and the specific requirements of the headstone.

Please get in touch with our Kerry offices today if you have any more headstone questions.


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