Sings To Restore The Monument
Monuments are designed to last a long time. However, with time, even the best materials will start to show signs of aging. Seeing your loved one’s memorial fading may seem upsetting but there are things you can do to restore its original beauty. You can hire professional cleaning and restoration services to repair the older headstone and restore its unique appeal. If you notice any of the following signs on the headstone, you should know it is time to restore the monument:
Lettering is difficult to read
Granite is a strong and durable material that can withstand the elements without deteriorating for hundreds of years. However, not all materials are as durable. Some of the older headstones (and new ones) are made from softer sedimentary stones. While these materials are easy to work with when it comes to inscriptions and engravings, they can deteriorate faster. The surface may erode over time and it may become difficult to read the inscriptions. It is a sign that the you need to restore the monument.
The headstone has to withstand harsh weather conditions such as rain, wind, snow, extreme heat, and cold. Prolonged exposure to the elements can affect the headstone’s appearance and durability. Small cracks may appear on the stone that may increase in size over time. It is important that all chips and cracks are repaired in time before they become large and difficult to repair. A skilled monument repair and restoration team can repair the cracks and chips, and restore the monument to its original condition.
When a memorial is poorly installed or is not maintained well over time, it may begin to sink into the ground. Sometimes, even a properly installed and erected headstone may begin sinking because of soil naturally settling into place which can cause the coffin to collapse slowly with time.
Memorial sinking can also happen if the foundation is not poured deep enough and is not filled properly with soil. Repeated freezing and thawing cycles can also cause sinking. If you notice that the monument is sinking or leaning, you should consider a monument restoration service to install it properly in its right position.
Build-up of dirt
The headstone is constantly exposed to elements such as dust, dirt, moss, grass, and other outdoor pollutants. Over time, the debris can build up on the monument in layers. Once you start noticing a layer of dirt covering the monument, you should clean it immediately to prevent further build-up and damage.
You may try cleaning it on your own using clean water, a soft-bristled brush, and a microfibre cloth. However, in case, the dirt accumulation is too much and you are unable to clean it, you would need professional cleaning and restoration services to completely remove the build-up.
Faded or chipped paint can ruin the look of the headstone. Even high-quality paint can fade over time due to constant exposure to the elements such as rain, sunlight, and snow. Some types of headstones such as flat headstones tend to fade more quickly than upright ones. When the faded paint starts to impact the beauty of the headstone, you should consider taking the necessary steps to restore the monument.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of the headstone can go a long way in preserving its beauty for years to come. If your loved one’s headstone has lost its original beauty and has begun to look old and worn out, you should go for professional memorial restoration services.
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