Understanding the Cost of Headstones in New Jersey
The cost of the cemetery monument will depend on the size, type of granite, finish, carving, and lettering used. Most standard monuments range from $1,000 to $7,500.00.
Larger monuments or monuments requiring more customization such as family monuments and hand carved monuments will generally range from $7,500.00-$80,000.
Understanding Prices for Headstones, Gravestones, Monuments and Bronze Plaques
The price of a monument is based upon several factors including granite type, size, finish, lettering, carving and etching. We work with each family to design a monument that suits both their needs and their budget. Our expertise in monument building will enable us to offer simple suggestions which can often lower the cost of the monument while staying true to the design. American Monument Co. is committed to providing high quality and affordable monuments, headstones, tombstones, grave markers and bronze plaques.
Factors that determine the price of a monument, headstone, footstone, granite marker and bronze plaque.
There are over a dozen granite types that we work with on a consistent basis. Each granite is priced differently based upon several factors including quarry costs, availability and shipping costs. The most affordable granite type for headstones is Barre Grey Granite. Barre Grey Granite also happens to be the highest quality memorial granite. The lower price does not mean a lower quality; the price is lower because the quarry is more efficient, the granite is readily available and shipping costs are lower than other granite types.
Smaller monuments are less expensive than larger monuments. Increasing the size of the headstone or marker by only a few inches will increase the price as a result of higher material costs, transportation costs and installation costs.
Most headstones are polished on the front and on the back with top and sides that are rock pitch. This finish is commonly referred to as “Polish 2, Balance Rock Pitch”. This is often considered the standard finish on a headstone. Polishing the top and sides of the monument will increase the cost as the extra step of polishing requires more labor and machine time.
The amount of lettering, the size of the letters and the style of engraving will factor into the cost of the monument. Hand drawn letters or frosted outline letters are priced differently than standard monument roman letters.
More intricate carvings or hand sculptures will add to the cost of the headstone when compared to a simple flat carved design.
A headstone with a portrait etching or an etched scene on black granite will increase the price of the monument.
The cost of a footstone will depend on the size, type of granite selected, granite finish, carving, etching and lettering. Please email us your concept and we will provide a footstone price for you free of charge.
Single Grave Monument Prices
The cost of the headstone will depend on the size, granite type, granite finish, carving, etching and lettering. Custom shaped monuments will often be priced higher. Please email us your idea for a single grave monument or headstone and we will provide a price for you with no obligation.
Companion Monument Prices
The price of a companion headstone will depend on the size, granite type, granite finish, carving, etching and lettering. Custom shaped monuments will often be priced higher. Simply email us your design for a companion monument or headstone and we will provide a price for you at no cost.
Family Monument Prices
The price of a family headstone will depend on the size, granite type, granite finish, carving, etching and lettering. Custom shaped monuments will often be priced higher. Please contact us regarding a family monument and we will provide a price free of charge.
Slant Marker Prices
The cost of a slant marker will depend on the size, type of granite selected, granite finish, carving, etching and lettering. Please email us your concept and we will provide a slant marker price at no obligation.
Bronze Plaque Prices
The price of a bronze plaque will depend on the size, amount of lettering or emblems included. The cost will also be determined by whether there is a bronze vase or if the bronze plaque is mounted on a granite base. Please contact us with your idea and we will provide a bronze plaque price free of charge.