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How Long Does It Take To Set A Headstone?

The final step of producing a monument is delivery to the cemetery. This process is known as "setting." Setting a headstone can take as little as 5 minutes or it could end up being an all day job.  It all depends on the size, shape, and whether or not all the prerequisites have been met [...]

By | 2017-06-30T10:21:18+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pre-need vs At-need Memorials

Pre-need vs At-need Memorials For those who are older there comes a time where the reality of passing away sinks in. One can ignore the reality or one could seize the opportunity to create something that will make it easier to accept and take the burden off other family members when it comes time. This [...]

By | 2017-06-27T14:46:24+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Where Do Granite Headstones Come From?

Where Do Granite Headstones Come From? When you see a nice headstone in a cemetery you might wonder how it got there. What is the story behind that person? What is the story behind such a beautiful monument? The answer could be a variety of things. If the headstone is made out of marble or [...]

By | 2017-05-09T16:11:24+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where Do Granite Headstones Come From?

5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Headstone

5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Headstone Buying A Headstone 1. Who Will You Buy From? The very first step in buying a headstone is finding a reputable manufacturer. There are small monument companies and online stores all over the granite headstone business. Not all of them are going to offer the quality [...]

By | 2017-05-09T15:49:55+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Purchasing, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Headstone

Do You Know Your Headstone Terminology

Do You Know Your Headstone Terminology? Headstone Terminology can be confusing if you don't already know what it means. If your like me when I first started working with headstones, you'll be asking for definitions every couple seconds. This list should give you a leg up when you go to design your memorial or monument. Take [...]

By | 2017-05-09T12:08:59+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do You Know Your Headstone Terminology

The Monument Production Process

The Journey Your Monument Takes Through Production. Every beautiful marker started off as a layer of rock underground. The journey your stone take through production is a remarkable one. We've been able to put together this graphic to help you visualize the process.

By | 2017-05-09T16:26:08+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Monument Production Process

Discovering Granite Monument Colors (infographic)

Granite Monument Colors There are many types of granite monument colors available for whatever your preference may be. Some of these colors are quarried in exotic places around the world and some are right here in the good ol' United States! At Patten's we find the highest quality granite for the best price. [...]

By | 2017-05-09T16:26:57+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Discovering Granite Monument Colors (infographic)

Michigan Memorial Builders In The Fall Season

Michigan Memorial Builders In the Fall Season What it looks like around here this time of year. Fall is here once again. It always seems like the summer goes by too quick, does it not? The days are getting shorter and the nights colder. The maple trees begin bursting into master pieces of color and [...]

By | 2017-03-03T15:51:18+00:00 October 13th, 2016|About Us, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Michigan Memorial Builders In The Fall Season

Headstone Engraving Designs

Headstone Engraving Designs A popular memorial option is to have a scene or personalized image etched into a headstone or monument design. These headstone engraving designs are hand etched by the expertise of our craftsman and creativity of our designers. Patten's Michigan Monuments specializes in designing cemetery memorials and grave markers that incorporate etched scenes [...]

By | 2016-09-30T11:34:12+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Headstone Engraving Designs

Cemetery Lettering

Cemetery Lettering The Art of Blasting on Location What is Cemetery Lettering? Cemetery Lettering is a term used to describe a mobile sandblaster. There are many folks who prefer to purchase their family monuments pre-need. In these cases the final dates are left off the stone and will need to be added (hopefully much) later [...]

By | 2017-03-03T15:55:22+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cemetery Lettering