Where do we start?
First start with the cemetery to select a suitable site, giving some thought to their Height regulations and the surrounding memorials for ideas. Then call to arrange a meeting or request a free quote from Heritage Memorials.
How long after the burial do we have to wait?
As soon as you’re ready. if a Monumental Mason suggests you wait a year or so it probably means they do not intend to construct proper foundations.
What foundations do we need?
Foundations depend on the type of memorial but at the very minimum we use 150mm diameter concrete piers, installed in each corner to a depth of approx 2000mm,with galvanized reinforcement well above the requirements set out by the Australian Standards AS4204.
What about the quality of the foundation?
Using years of expertise our work is of the highest quality, and is far above industry standards. We only use galvanised steel and reinforced mesh to strengthen the memorial and to prevent concrete cancer.
What type of Memorials are available?
Many different shapes & colours are available and it can be quite confusing. it is sometimes best to take a stroll through your local cemetery to gather an impression of the style and size you prefer.
How much should I spend?
Price can vary greatly from a small bronze or granite lawn marker to a full family tomb. But as a guide $2,500 to $9,500 is average.
What are cemetery fees?
Cemetery fees are paid to the cemetery for work done to a grave by a Stonemason. The cost goes towards the administration & maintenance of the grounds.
What Materials should I consider?
Granite, Marble, Sandstone and Granolite are the most common materials used. Granite being the most favoured for its durability, but a combination can reduce the cost, for example Granolite surrounds with granite Headstone & top cover slab.
What is Granolite?
Granolite is a combination of granite crushed to a dust and mixed with cement.
What about different religious beliefs?
Heritage Memorials has State of the Art computer technology to ensure inscriptions in all languages can be produced.
What colour granite is best?
When thinking of a headstone the darker the colour the more the inscription lettering will stand out, for example Black granite with gold gilded letters will appear brighter than if it was cut to a light grey granite.