View 2023 Mausoleum Buyers Guide Video:
Why Quality Mausoleums Are Built With Granite Sidewalls
[For Plaques, Lettering & Memorial Artwork]
TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO NARRATION:
This is called a side wall of a mausoleum. They completely surround the mausoleum and support the roof. They’re also where you etch and engrave your custom lettering and artwork.
In this Chapter of The Definitive Buyers’ Guide to Private Family Mausoleums, I’m going to show you why quality mausoleums are built with granite sidewalls for plaques, lettering and memorial artwork.
A high quality side wall is constructed with up to 8” thick high grade granite for maximum strength. It has large solid granite slabs to minimize the number of joints needed - which can weaken the structure. The granite has no fillers—so it lasts longer and won’t deteriorate over time. A quality side wall is positioned off the ground – supported by the base course – so it doesn’t absorb damaging moisture from the ground
On the other hand, a low quality side wall can be made with 4” or less thick granite, which means it can crack and buckle more easily. It may have smaller slabs, which require more joints, and that can weaken the side wall. It can be made with low grade granite, which can crumble and deteriorate. Instead of using solid granite, the construction company may cut corners and use porous, weaker concrete. A poorly designed base course may have the walls coming in contact with the wet ground, causing weakening and deterioration of the side walls.
Without high quality side wall materials and construction, your mausoleum is at risk of looking like this in a matter of years.
If you want to learn more about quality side walls for your mausoleums, just call a mausoleum professional at Rome Monument, and they’ll be happy to answer any question you have.
Next in The Definitive Buyers’ Guide to Private Family Mausoleums, we’ll look at the importance of having quality joint materials and craftsmanship for your mausoleum.