You may have a monument put on your property as an attractive landscaping feature, and cemetery markers are also typically considered monuments; while these pieces are meant to last for decades, if not generations, they may eventually need some restoration work. Note a few questions you might have about this work and then discuss the option with a professional restorer as needed, so your monument or cemetery marker is always in good repair.
Does restoration change the colour of the monument?
Restoring a monument often involves a deep and thorough cleaning, and then a buffing and polishing of the stone. This won't change the colour of the monument, but will simply restore its original colour. Buffing and polishing the monument may also give it a new shine and brings out metallic flecks in materials like granite. This metallic look may seem as if it changes the colour of the monument, but this is also just the original look of the stone being restored.
What if etching is no longer visible on a monument?
Over the years, a stone may become very worn down so that etched wording seems to disappear. However, restoration can include going over this same etching so that it is visible again. Removing layers of dirt, moss, and other debris from the front of the stone may also help restore the etching and make it visible again.
Can a crooked monument be restored?
A crooked monument may just be sinking on one side, due to soft or moist soil. The ground may also not be properly graded, so the monument is sinking along a slight slope. Restoration of this unevenness can mean bracing up that side of the monument and adding something to the soil to make it stronger, such as lime or clay. If the monument has cracked in any way, this can also typically be patched, so the monument is straight and level again.
Can a patina be removed from a monument?
Over the years, metal may develop a patina, or discoloration, from being weathered and worn. Some people prefer this change in colour, as it makes the metal look older and more like an antique. However, if you prefer the metal be restored to its original colour, this can usually be done with the right oxidizing products. This will remove the patina and give the metal a fresh shine. You might also then ask the restorer how to avoid having this patina develop again, so the metal remains true to its original colour.