Choosing a headstone requires choosing a monument that will stand in memorial of your loved one for the long term. Therefore, making the best choice about the details can mean taking the time for some careful consideration. Laser-etching is one of the more modern options with custom headstone monuments. Here is a look at just a few of the pros and cons of choosing laser-etching for a custom headstone monument.
Pro: Laser etching offers the ability to have detailed graphics for a unique stone.
If you want to achieve a stone that has a highly unique look with an intricately etched image or design, laser-etching is definitely the way to go. Some of the best companies can take your submitted images, even a photograph of the deceased, and transform that into a detailed etched image that makes for an impressive piece. You simply do not get the same level of detail with the general engraving of headstone monuments.
Con: Laser-etching custom headstones can be a little more expensive.
Naturally, the detailed process of laser-etching a custom headstone monument can mean that you will pay a bit more for the piece than what you would a traditional stone. The process requires unique tools and equipment, special computer-guided lasers, and a certain level of skill. Therefore, you can expect that your laser-etched headstone will run a bit higher in cost.
Pro: You have the ability to fit more information onto the face of the stone.
When you order a stone and request certain letters to be engraved in it, the number of characters you choose will be limited. Engraving requires making broader marks when letters are made, which means you only have so much space to work with. With laser-etching, however, the letters can be adjusted in width and size quite easily. You can easily choose to have a full inscription or quote added to a small stone because the text can be adjusted to be rather small.
Con: You may have to go with a dark-colored stone for the etching to show up.
One of the few downfalls of laser-etched headstones is the etching shows up best on stones that are a darker color. If you prefer a light gray stone, the etching will show up in a silver-to-white tone, so it will not be all that obvious. Most people who opt for laser-etching will go with a dark-toned stone so the etching shows up as well as possible.