Granite is the traditional stone used to create monuments. It is one of the hardest and most durable of substances. It can be exposed to weather for centuries without crumbling. It is this extreme hardness, plus the fineness of its crystals, that makes granite the perfect choice for monuments. Different types of granites are quarried from specific regions of the world. Some from as close as Vermont and some as far away as South Africa and China. Each type of granite carries a color, texture and the particular crystal pattern associated with that region. At Staten Island Monuments
we help you choose a granite of beauty with a color, texture and finish that is perfect for the very special memory of your loved one.
Granite is quarried by either jet-piercing, blasting or sawing it from the earth. Once in granite block form, they are transported to production plants by heavy machinery to begin the manufacturing process. The blocks of granite are cut into pieces or “slabs” of various thicknesses by diamond saws. Many of these slabs undergo polishing. The polishing process is somewhat similar to the sanding of wood, in that abrasives are used to smooth the surface of the stone. Coarser abrasive grits are first used to rough grind the granite. Progressively finer grits are used during the process to first polish and then to buff the surface to a glass-like sheen.
Once dried, it is time for the Quality Control Inspector to carefully compare the original order and design to make certain that the memorial is complete and error free. Only after the memorial completes inspection and receives a passing grade from the Quality Control Inspector is it moved to the crating area, where it is carefully packaged in a wooden box and shipped to our facility where it is staged awaiting setting in the cemetery.