At Sarsfield Memorials headstone refurbishment – bringing worn memorials back to how they looked originally – is just as rewarding for us and our customers as providing new ones.
Headstones are made from resilient durable materials. When they look like they could do with some tender loving care, more often than not the foundation and material is sound enough, meaning all that is needed is a good clean by jetwashing then applying chemicals. With some materials, this will involve removing a very thin layer of the headstone to make it as good as new again.
Pictured on the left is a headstone that was underneath trees that has been restored to as good as new. This work has been done on behalf of a local convent.
Depending on the location of the memorial in relation to others nearby, we may be able to do the cleaning at the cemetery but otherwise it is done back at the workshop. There are also occasions where some more re-anchoring may be required to meet modern specifications.
In addition to the cleaning, which is done with great care to avoid any lasting damage to the material, we can also restore your headstone by cutting the lettering deeper or adding new ones if they were originally done that way. An example when this is needed is with a material that has needed sanding, meaning the lead letters may have loosened.
As part of the headstone refurbishment, we can also tidy up the area around any kerbsets or edging stones if needed. This may involve adding a concrete base, which is standard with new installations nowadays, so that the kerbset can not sink. Alternatively, if it is a grave that is not tended to as frequently as when first installed, then it may be more feasible to remove any sunken sets or stones altogether, tidy up the weeds and plant grass seeds.
An example of removing stones is shown here too on the right.In this case the family live abroad and only visit every couple of years. By removing the stones, the local authority now have responsibility for the area in front of the memorial and there is no risk of it becoming overrun with weeds.
A good addition to a refurbished memorial is an artificial flower arrangement. We currently supply these at a cost of £8 each to any customer who has work on a grave done with us.
If you are interested in headstone refurbishment, please contact us to discuss your requirements. We will be happy to visit the grave and carry out a full assessment and advise of the options and provide you with a free no obligation quote.