At Headstones Tucson, we understand as well as anyone the effect that Father Time has on us all. Unfortunately, even the hardiest tombstones can suffer from damage and decay as the years go by. But don’t worry! With our headstone resurface service, we’ll have your gravestone looking as good as new, and you can be proud of the memento left to honor your loved one. The importance of keeping your headstones maintained is noteworthy, because if serious neglect takes place, it might not be possible that a headstone resurface is adequate in its restoration. By being proactive, and employing our service, you ensure this doesn’t happen.
Can Headstones be Resurfaced?
Many people who aren’t in the industry aren’t sure whether or not headstones can be resurfaced, and understandably so. Of course, with most situations, it is possible to undertake headstone resurfacing. This is true regardless of the type of stone the gravestone is made from – granite, slate, marble, to name a few – as well as the size and shape of it. Some jobs are certainly more challenging than others, and there are some headstones that have been so badly neglected that they’re beyond repair, but generally speaking it is possible. We have the equipment and know-how to ensure resurfacing properly restores the headstone to its former glory, and doesn’t damage it further in the process.
What Causes the Damage?
Headstones don’t undergo obvious physical trauma, so it is surprising to some that their condition deteriorates over time. It’s weather that tends to cause most of the damage, and we do experience quite extreme weather in Arizona. Soaring temperatures, flash floods, dust and wind – these can all contribute to the decay and decline of a headstone. A well-made product will resist these elements for many years, and good cleaning and maintenance habits will delay the effects, but ultimately a resurfacing might be a necessity after a certain point.
One method for restoration is mechanical resurfacing. This technique restores the headstone through the use of water and diamond abrasives, producing a smooth, consistent finish that limits places for moisture and dust to get into crevices. This is mainly used with granite headstones, which are thicker and more durable, as the process could damage other materials. Any potential fading to inscriptions through this process can be resolved by epoxy filling, ensuring a return to clarity and pristine condition for your headstone.
Headstones with intricate and fragile parts, or those with inscriptions, can be repaired through the epoxy filling technique. Epoxy can restore broken pieces of the headstone back onto the main body, after the surface has been carefully cleaned. If the broken off pieces have been lost, it’s possible to use mortar to recreate the missing areas, which will resemble the original very closely. Epoxy filling is an effective method, but requires veteran experience to ensure a good result – you can have real peace of mind once we’re on the job, and know that it won’t be long before the headstone is looking back to its best.