Throughout history, people have made memorials to commemorate loved ones or mark special occasions or places. Today memorials can be made with a multitude of options to suit specific requirements. Before ordering stone memorials you will need to check that it is in accordance with local council regulations. It is also recommended that the suppliers and installers are fully qualified stonemasons.
Stone selection is one of the first steps in the memorial design. Sandstone, Marble, and Granite can be used. Granite is the most popular and most recommended due to its durability, strength and low water absorption. Below are samples of the typical granites that can be selected.
Stone can come in many different finishes these include:
Stone is a natural product and subject to variations in colour and structure. Good stone selection and quality control systems will ensure memorials are free from other defects like chips and imperfections. Colour enhancers, sealants, and chemicals should not be used on the memorials.
Depending on the council regulations many designs and sizes are available. Due to the improvement of manufacturing equipment and advances in technology, there is a myriad of shapes and sizes to choose from. Memorials can be made in many forms, some of these are:
* The above lifespans are approximated only and should only be used as a guide. There are a number of factors that can affect the lifespan of an inscription, including granite selection, weather conditions, and surrounding environment
Times New Roman
Photos, images, artwork, and text can be etched into granite memorials of any size and shape. Laser etching can only be done in black granite to allow for a good contrast of colour for the image. A full-size original of the image or high-resolution scan is the best to supply to ensure that best quality is achieved.
Ceramic Photos can be supplied in either coloured or black and white. These can also be set in a bronze frame. When submitting a photographic image for reproduction for either a ceramic casting or laser etching, you will need to advise if the background will need to remain or if an outline needs to be made.
This list is an indicative sample of what can be sandblasted, pending trademark™, copyright© or registrar® approval. We have numerous image designs for borders, book outlines, logos, flags, and maps. Please forward any specialised requests for approval.
All work by QHM will comply with Australian standard AS4204-1994 (Headstones and cemetery monuments) and council requirements. All work will be undertaken by fully qualified stonemasons. Consideration will need to be made for the foundation, fixing detail and materials, and engineers design when ordering.
Services include cleaning, plastering, new floors, repainting or regilding an existing inscription. Added inscriptions can be undertaken to match the existing inscription, these can be done onsite or at the factory.
Ensure no chemicals are used in the cleaning process as these can cause damage and discolouration to the natural stone and inscription. Particular care should be taken when cleaning near the inscription. We recommend cleaning with water and a nylon brush in a trial area. With mold and lichens, an application of a Quaternary Ammonium (2%) product like “Wet n Forget™” will not cause damage to the memorial.
Queensland Heritage Masonry are licenced stonemasons with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC Lic. 102 4610) and Queensland Master Builders. QHM are members of the Queensland National Trust and are also accredited by the Brisbane City Council to complete the full range of monumental masonry works within BCC managed properties. Queensland Heritage Masonry holds the full range of insurances and can provide Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental policies as required