Our Services

Our commitment to you is Quality, Integrity, and Service

Quality: We sell only the highest quality granites that the industry has to offer, from select grey granite from Barre, Vermont to fine jet black granies from as far away as South Africa, India, and China. Our large on-site display offers many different styles and colors to choose from.

Integrity: We stand behind our work and craftsmanship 100% guaranteed.

Service: Choosing a monument/memorial for your loved one is not an easy task. There are many things to consider and our goal is for you to be happy with the end result. That’s why our representatives will show you all of your options and let you take all the time you need to make the best decision. A satisfied customer is the best form of advertisement and we aim to make every customer a satisfied one.

Manufacturing

Granite is the traditional stone use to create monuments. It is one of the hardest and most durable of substances. It can be exposed to weather for centuries without crumbling. It is this extreme hardness, plus the fineness of its crystals, that makes granite the perfect choice for monuments. Different types of granites are quarried from specific regions of the world, some from as close as Vermont and some as far away as South Africa and China. Each type of granite carries a color, texture and the particular crystal pattern associated with that region. At Hopper Monuments, we help you choose a granite of beauty with a color, texture and finish that is perfect for the very special memory of your loved one.

Granite is quarried by either jet-piercing, blasting or sawing it from the earth. Once in granite block form, they are transported to production plants by heavy machinery to begin the manufacturing process. The blocks of granite are cut into pieces or “slabs” of various thicknesses by diamond saws. Many of these slabs undergo polishing. The polishing process is somewhat similar to the sanding of wood, in that abrasives are used to smooth the surface of the stone. Coarser abrasive grits are first used to rough grind the granite. Progressively finer grits are used during the process to first polish and then to buff the surface to a glass-like sheen.

Once both sides of the slabs are polished the stone is transported to an area where the monument is cut to dimension and refinished according to the customers’ requirements. A rubber stencil is then cut that includes the design the family has chosen along with lettering sizes and styles. The memorial and stencil are now moved over conveyors into one of the sand-carving booths. The operator directs a stream of abrasive that is blown under pressure of about one hundred pounds per square inch at the monument. When the abrasive strikes the rubber it merely bounces off, but where the rubber has been cut away, the abrasive carves the pattern into the granite. This one-step method is used to produce letters and other two-dimensional designs. After completing the carving, the memorial is then moved to an area where the stone is completely washed and dried. Once dried, it is time for the Quality Control Inspector to carefully compare the original order and design to make certain that the memorial is complete and error free. Only after the memorial completes inspection and receives a passing grade from the Inspector it is moved to the crating area, where it is carefully packaged in a wooden box and shipped to our facility where it is staged awaiting setting in the cemetery.

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