THINGS TO REMEMBER
When planning to buy a Tombstone there are a couple of things to remember / consider.
- Are you allowed to put up a full Tombstone or are you only allowed a BERM (Headstone). Enquire at the office at the graveyard or the funeral parlor that handled the burial.
- Please ensure that you know the Grave Number when ordering your Tombstone.
- All formal graveyards have height restrictions. Please ensure you know what they are. Obtaining the permit is your responsibility. Special permission to lift restrictions as well.
- Some graveyards have cattle grazing in them. This is more a rural problem, but a problem never the less. Please consider this when choosing a headpiece. Cattle can push them over.
- Prices of Tombstones are normally directly related to the thickness, height and complexity of the design of the tombstone. Make sure you know exactly what it is you are buying. Something might look beautiful on a picture whilst dissapointing you in real life.
A frequently asked question is how we install a Tombstone to ensure that it will not sag as time goes by. I know that there are many great installers out there that will do exemplary work, but there are also those installers that will ignore the basics just to get the job done. When purchasing your Tombstone make sure that you ask for references of prior work done. You are going to spend a lot of money honouring your loved one – make sure you get your monies worth.
We at Premier Granite follow the ground rules when installing a Tombstone.
- The plot is levelled.
- We ensure that the Tombstone is square with the surrounding Tombstones
- Lintels: 1.2m or 1.5m (depending on the terrain) are embedded on the top – and bottom end of the tombstone and levelled.The lintels are embedded on the solid ground next to the excavation to ensure that the tombstone will not sag.
- The curbs are installed on top of the lintels and embedded in a concrete floor. The curbs are fastened with Epoxy to ensure a strong structure
- If a ledger must be installed it is done now. If the Tombstone must be finished with chips we will first compact the ground within the curbs to the best of our abilities. A thick plastic sheet is then placed over the ground between the curbs to protect the grave from springing weeds. A 30 – 40 mm layer of concrete is then poured over the plastic and leveled to the same height as the curbs – leaving you with a solid base. Chips will be put on this base to finish off the Tombstone.
- The frame of the tombstone is also finished off by pouring concrete around the curbs, strengthening the structure even more.
- Once all the above is done the foot piece and headstone is erected and the Tombstone finished off and cleaned.
- Unless the tombstone must be removed at a later stage for another burial all components are fastened with a high quality epoxy, preventing any damage from cattle.
If you did not find the answer you were looking for in the above, please do not hesitate to contact us. we will try and assist as far as possible.
Eduan du Plessis