When considering burial options for loved ones, choosing a tombstone or a memorial marker is a significant decision that can have an impact on tombstone prices. A headstone serves as a permanent marker of remembrance, honoring and preserving the memory of those we have lost. So, clients must therefore consider the price and design of the headstone. In this article, Martel & Sons will help you identify these elements that impact the cost of a tombstone, as well as the materials and designs.

At Martel & Sons, we understand the importance of finding a balance between quality, durability, and price when it comes to selecting a tombstone to pay tribute to your departed loved ones.

Two grieving women at a tombstone in a cemetery

What Factors Affect the Price of a Headstone?

There are several factors that can influence the cost of a traditional headstone. As a part of the funeral expense, it is very important to consider the following factors:

Size and Shape

The headstone size and shape can have a significant impact on the final quote. Larger and more complex designs will typically be more expensive, as they require more time and materials to create. Additionally, certain shapes may require more intricate cuts or designs, adding to the price.

Engraving Technique

The engraving technique used for personalized purpose can also affect the headstone price. For example, hand-engraved designs are typically more expensive than machine-engraved ones.

Materials and Finishes

The chosen type of material and finish can also have an impact on the headstone cost. For instance, high-quality granite and marble are typically more expensive options than limestone. For example, a marble headstone may be more expensive than a granite one due to its rarity and softness. Similarly, a polished finish will generally cost more than a matte finish.

Cost of Labor

Moreover, the cost of labor is another important factor to consider. Experienced craftsmen may charge more for their services along with high-quality design details.

Specialized Engravings, Etching or Lettering

Specialized engravings or lettering on the memorial headstone is also a considerable matter. For example, custom designs or intricate fonts may require more time and effort to produce.

Additional Accessories and Ornaments

Finally, additional accessories or ornaments like adding a photo ceramic to the design may increase the average cost. Families can discuss customization options with us to find ways to create a personalized tribute that fits their budget.

As the tombstone price can vary widely depending on these elements above, it is important to work with a reputable and experienced monument maker. With over 100 years of experience in the industry, Martel & Sons Inc. is dedicated to providing you with premium services at an affordable price.

What Materials Should I Choose for a Headstone Design?

Depending on how you wish to honor your loved one, there is a wide selection to fit your headstone idea. Here are some of the most common choices:


Granite headstone is the most popular and affordable choice due to its durability and timeless appearance. It is the perfect material for inscription and engraving with either lasers or sandblasting methodology. As monument makers, we understand that families have different preferences when it comes to choosing a granite monument to honor their loved ones. That’s why we also offer different granite colors and finishes.


Marble is another classic material for headstones, prized for its elegance and beauty. Due to its softness and susceptibility to damage, marble is less commonly used for new projects or monuments nowadays by Martel & Sons.


Bronze marker is a durable and long-lasting material that can withstand harsh weather conditions. It is often used for memorial plaques. In addition, our artists can also combine with other materials to create unique designs and make them versatile for various designs.


Limestone is a softer and more affordable material than granite or marble, which can be polished or sandblasted easily. That’s why it can be carved with a more natural, earthy look.

Our Different Models of Tombstones

Different models of tombstones in a cemetery

Martel & Sons offers a range of tombstone designs to suit different preferences and needs. Depending on the size and design of the headstones, we may need to install a concrete base as well. Here are some of our most popular models:

Straight Headstones

Straight headstones or upright headstones are an all-time classic and timeless design, featuring a rectangular shape and a flat or slightly sloping top.

Flat Headstones

Flat headstones, also known as flat markers, are low-key options that come with a reasonable price. It is usually placed flush with the ground. These affordable markers are often used in cemeteries with strict regulations on headstone height.

Beveled Headstones

Bevelled headstones have a slanted top and are a popular choice for those who want a more modern look. It usually features a slightly sloping top and is often used for double plots. They provide a more distinctive design than straight headstones.

Why Call on Martel & Sons for Your Funeral Monuments?

With a long history of experience in the funeral industry, Martel & Sons has a deep understanding of the emotional and practical considerations when choosing a funeral monument. Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through the process, from selecting the perfect design and materials to ensuring respectful delivery and installation service.

Another key advantage of working with Martel & Sons is our independence in manufacturing and finishing in Québec and Canada. It let us control the production process and guarantee quality standards.

As a family-owned business, we take great pride in providing exceptional customer service for the creation of upright monuments. Our water filtration and dust extraction systems not only beautify the tombstones, but also minimize the impact on the environment.

At Martel & Sons, we prioritize the significance of transparent and cost-effective pricing for funeral monuments. We offer a wide range of options available for installation that cater to various budgetary constraints. Additionally, we ensure complete clarity by providing comprehensive quotes in advance, allowing you to make a well-informed decision without encountering any unexpected expenses.

We are proud to have the opportunity to help you honor and remember your loved one with a beautiful and lasting family monument. Feel free to review our services and get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can assist you during this difficult time.

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