1.  What types of memorial markers do you offer?
Here are the most popular styles:  
Monuments -a 2 piece memorial ( a straight upright tablet that sits on a matching granite
Slanted Markers -  similar to an upright memorial, except it slopes at a steep angle, and
doesn't require the granite base
Grass Markers - A flat stone that is installed flush to the ground
Hickey Markers - similar to grass markers but they're slightly elevated, and sloped from
back to front
Bronze Markers - flat bronze markers, with or without a vase (this type of marker is
required by some cemeteries)

It's important to note that some cemeteries do require a certain type or size of marker.

2.  Once my stone is ordered, how long will it take to be set up?
 In most cases, your stone will be installed in 6 to 12 weeks.  We will notify you when the
work has been completed.

3.  Do I have to pay for my order in full when I order it?
 We require a deposit 1/2 down when you order your stone.   If you aren't able to
do so, you can still order your stone, although we will wait until you have reached the 1/2 requirement  
towards the stone before engraving it.  The balance is due upon completion.

4.  Can I have any design I want on my monument?     
Provided that there's enough room on your stone, virtually any design can be added
(unless otherwise specified by your cemetery).  We have a large assortment of designs from
which you can choose, or we can customize the design to your specifications.   Some of the
most popular themes include florals, religious, occupations, hobbies, and nature.   

5.  Does the design affect the price of my stone?
 Most designs are included in the price of the stone; however, if you decide to have an
"etched" design or deeply sculpted design, etc., there will be an additional charge.  Also, if the
design is not in our computer or is complicated, there might have to be a drawing cost added.

6.  Can I have lettering done on the back of the stone also?
 All of the lettering on the front of the stone is included in the price at the time of your
order, but there is an additional cost for lettering on the back of the stone.  Also,  if you decide
to have  lettering added to the front of the stone in the future, there will be an additional charge.

7.  I need the date of death added to a stone, but I don't know where the stone  was
purchased.  Can you do the lettering?
Yes!  We can do lettering on any stone, regardless where the stone was originally

8. What is lithochrome?
Litho is a coloring (usually black) that is sprayed into the the lettering or carving to give it
contrast and make it  more outstanding.   Over a long period of time, however, it is possible
that it may fade.

9.  My husband was a veteran... do I get a discount?   
If the veteran is deceased, and served during specific war time periods, yes, there is a
discount of $75.00 in Fayette County and $50.00 in Westmoreland County.  Other counties
may vary.    We'll need information such as rank, branch, and war-time period he served.
If however, the veteran is not deceased yet, the discount does not apply.  Lettering of the final
date will also qualify for a discount.

10.  Is there any kind of sketch that you provide so that I can see what my stone will
look like?
 Yes, we will provide you with a computer drawing of your stone in approximately 2 or 3
weeks after your order is placed.  In order to get your stone installed as soon as possible, you
should immediately return the drawing to us with your approval or with any changes you want
to make.   If there are changes, we'll provide you with a second print-out to approve also.

11.  Can I get vases installed on the base of my marker?
 Yes,  however normally we need at least a 5 inch clearance on each side.  You can also
purchase a “sub-surface vase, which has a cylinder installed directly into the ground if you
don’t have enough clearance, or you don’t have a base.        

12.  I need a double stone.   What is the smallest size that’s suitable for 2 people?
 We recommend at least  a 2 ft., 6 inch across stone for 2 people.   Sizes go up to 3 ft., 3
ft  6 inches, 4 feet and larger. Single stones generally are 2 foot and under, unless a design is
chosen that requires a larger size.

13.  When you give me the price of the memorial, are there any additional charges I
should expect?
No.  The prices we quote are inclusive of everything,  which includes the lettering, foundation, and
installation (provided we are aware  which cemetery the stone is for since some cemeteries have unique
installation requirements)  And there is no sales tax on memorials.
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