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Granite vs. Marble

Granite Versus Marble FAQ

With decades of experience in custom granite monuments, a question we hear frequently at Maggard Memorials and Laser Art Technology is, “Why not marble?”

In the 19th century, marble was a very popular material for headstones and other monuments. Today, granite is preferred, and many of our clients wonder why.

Brittle Marble

Marble is composed of dense crystalline or granular metamorphic limestone. This composition makes marble brittle, especially over a long period of time. It cracks, breaks, and erodes. If you have noticed headstones that were hard to read, it is likely they were made from marble and have eroded.

Durable Granite

In contrast, granite is an igneous rock that is composed of quartz, feldspar, and mica. It does not crack or erode the way marble does, and that makes it ideal for permanent memorials, monuments, and headstones.

Granite is eternal, but we feel morally unable to sell a simple blanket warranty on our engraved granite products. If you have questions about all that will be covered in your personalized monument, contact our office in Lebanon .

Durable Granite