Archive for August, 2013

Over the past decade, the amount of products available for online purchasing has increased from 20% to 98%. Even things that you would not think possible can now be purchased online. Everything from DVD’s to clothes to groceries can be purchased online and delivered to your door!

Monuments are no exception to this. Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials offers monuments which are available for purchase online. Although there are some people who prefer to physically go to the monument dealer, many people prefer to contact us through email. 

When you choose to work with the monument dealer in person, you must take time out of your day to drive to the monument dealer’s office. Once there, you then sit in the office while the graphic artist designs the monument. When you work with us online, you simply provide us with the product number of the monument you wish to purchase, along with the information to be included on the monument and any design numbers you would like added. We will take the information and create a preview, which is then emailed to you for review. If there is something you are not satisfied with, you simply have to respond to the email with the changes you would made. The updates will be made to the preview and we will forward it to you for approval.

If there are several family members who have come together to purchase the monument, and who all want a say in what the monument looks like, designing the monument online is much more convenient then trying to find a time when everyone can make it to the office together. Each person can advise the graphic artist as to what they would like the monument to look like and the graphic artist can take all of the suggestions and create a preview which will best satisfy everyone involved. By working through email, each person can take their time to review the previews and talk with each other about what they like or don’t like.

In addition to the convenience of ordering a monument online, there is also a money aspect. All of our customers will notice that the prices we offer are lower than most other local or online monument dealers. We order our monument directly from Europe and Asia, rather than working with a wholesale dealer in the United States. By cutting out the “middle man”, we pay a lower price. This allows us to pass the savings on to our clients. We also frequently offer online specials and clearances, so it is always good to take a look at our website, http://www.mikeslaseretching.com, to see what specials we are currently offering.

No matter where in the United States you live, Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials can work with you to create a unique and beautiful memorial for you loved one! Contact us today to get started on designing your monument!

We have some great news for all of our current and future clients! 

From now on, an image of all completed monuments will be posted on our blog! A link to the blog post will also be posted on our Mike’s Laser Etching Facebook. If you have liked us on Facebook, we will tag you in the post. This will allow you to share the Facebook post featuring the link to the blog with your friends and family, making it easier to share the completed monument with your loved ones! 

In addition to the links to your completed monument, upon “Liking” our Facebook, you will also see any discounts or online promotions we are offering!

To “Like” our Facebook, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Laser-Etching-Sartin-Memorials/114407641941947?ref=hl

Why do some cemeteries allow any type of monument but others have strict restrictions?

Anyone who has worked in the monument business and has had to deal with cemeteries on a regular basis knows how much one cemetery’s restrictions differ from another’s. When I am contacted by a client to design a monument, one of the very first questions that I ask them is “Have you checked with the cemetery to ensure that the monument you would like to purchase is allowed?”. Sadly, many times people are not even aware that there can be restrictions on which monuments are allowed until it comes time to design and purchase one. If you have not yet purchased a burial plot for your loved one, or you are researching in order to purchase a plot and monument pre-need, please refer to my blog about what to know when purchasing a burial plot: https://mikeslaseretchingsartinmemorials.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/what-you-should-know-before-purchasing-a-burial-plot/

Typically, when a cemetery has restrictions on what type of monuments may be installed on their plots, it is for one of two reasons.

Religious Affiliation

The first of these reasons has to do with the cemetery’s religious affiliation. Although there are a few Baptist and Methodist cemeteries which require specific religious designs on the monuments placed within them, from our experience, Catholic cemeteries tend to be the most strict. When I am told that it is a Catholic cemetery, I can normally guarantee that the monument design is going to have to have the “praying hands” design or specific crosses. Although many cemeteries which have restrictions will bend the rules if the plot owner or their loved ones request it, Catholic cemeteries typically will not allow any exceptions to their restrictions, not matter how much a loved one begs them to reconsider.

I am not in any way “putting down” the Catholic cemeteries. From what I gather from speaking with several devout Catholics, the specific designs are required because according to their faith, even the monument on your final resting place should show your Catholic faith. The praying hands with the rosary and the specific crosses are meant to represent that you were a devout Catholic, who deserves to be in God’s good graces. Therefore, anyone who is purchasing a plot in a Catholic cemetery should know beforehand that there will most likely be severe restrictions placed upon what is and is not allowed. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to include these Catholic symbols on your monument, it may be best for you to consider purchasing a plot in a non denominational cemetery.

Non-denominational and non religious cemeteries are typically the most laid back when it comes to the restrictions on what monuments can be placed on their plots. No matter where you live, you should be able to locate a cemetery which will allow you to have the type of monument you desire. From my research as well as what I’ve learned from working with people all over the country, you should be able to locate a non-denominational or a non religious cemetery in your area.

The only nation wide exception that I have found when it comes to the cemeteries which are the strictest is military cemeteries. Normally, there are no exceptions, ever, for any reason to what a military cemetery allows. The monuments in these cemeteries are normally a plain cross shaped upright monument or a gray flush marker with lettering for the names and dates only. But, its common knowledge that when you decide to be buried in a government run cemetery that its going to be fairly generic. That is a decision that must be made by the family. However, be sure to keep in mind that it is always possible to relocate your loved one if you do not feel comfortable with their resting place or you feel as if they are not being honored in the way they should. While this is not an easy process, it is always an option when your peace of mind is being disrupted.

Easy Maintenance

The other main reason for cemetery restrictions is to ensure easy maintenance of the cemetery. If you were to walk through an older cemetery and then take a walk through a newer one, you will most likely notice that there is much more variety in an older cemetery than in a newer one. It is only very recently that cemeteries began allowing only flush markers in their cemeteries. When a cemetery does not allow any upright or slant monuments, it is typically to ensure that the caretaker is able to quickly and easily cut the grass, without having to cut around each monument individually. When every monument in an entire cemetery is a flush marker, the caretaker needs only drive right over top of them to cut the grass. 

If your loved one’s final resting place is in a cemetery which only allows flush markers, do not get discouraged. I have had many clients contact me in tears because they felt as if they could not honor their loved one’s they way they felt they should with something as generic as a flush marker. Thanks to modern technology, we can do just about anything. Even if a cemetery requires that the flush marker be gray, or another color which does not allow laser etching, we have many options for designing a beautiful, unique memorial to your loved one.

Also, keep in mind that you can always create a memorial garden outside of the cemetery if you feel as if the monument placed on their burial plot has not done them justice. When I lost a loved one and was not able to help create the monument because their spouse did not want any suggestions, we designed a bench to honor our loved one and placed it in his mother’s garden. So, we have a place where we can go to remember him and we were able to create a beautiful memorial which truly reflected the person he was, as our final gift to him.

It is important to remember that each cemetery has a different set of rules and regulations. Prior to staring your search for the perfect monument, it is best to request a written description of these rules and regulations. In doing this, you will ensure that the monument you choose will be approved and accepted by the cemetery.

If you have any questions regarding cemetery restrictions in general, please feel free to leave a comment. To begin designing a monument for your loved one, visit our website at http://www.mikeslaseretching.com.

Question of the Week: What Color Granite Should I Choose For My Monument?

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What Color Granite Should I Choose For My Monument??

If you have researched granite monuments at all online, you will know by now that there is a huge variety of granite colors. It is important to remember that granite is a product of nature. It is not possible to guarantee that all color markings, nor that every characteristic of the pieces will be uniformly present in every piece of granite, even of similar type and variety. Granite is available in colors ranging from the whitest white to the blackest black, and every color in between. To see some of the most commonly ordered monument colors, visit our website at: http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/granite_colors.html.

One of the most important things to ask yourself when deciding upon which color granite you should order your monument in is: Do I want sandblast or laser etch my design?

The reason this is the most important thing to consider is because not every color can be laser etched and not every design can be sandblasted. If you do not know the difference between sandblasting and laser etching, please refer to our previous blog here: https://mikeslaseretchingsartinmemorials.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/question-of-the-week-what-is-the-difference-between-laser-etching-sandblasting/.

Basically, if you want a design that is extremely detailed, such as a picture of a person or an object, you would need to go with a color of granite which can be laser etched. For images with the most detail, such as a picture of a person, the darkest black granite would need to be used. Therefore, you would need to go with Jet Black or India Black. These two colors of granite have the least amount of color variations throughout the stone, as they are typically one uniform color: the darkest black. 

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When you begin to get into lighter black granite, such as Midnight Black and Frosty Black, the color variations begin to become more frequent and much larger, as you can see from the images below. If an image of a person’s face were to be etched upon a piece of Midnight or Frosty Black granite, these color variations would cause the image to start becoming blurry. Instead of the sharp, clear image you see in the Jet and India Black, it is difficult to make out the small details on these colors of black granite. Although not recommended, it is possible to etch detailed images on Midnight and Frosty Black granite. Prior to doing so, it is important that our clients understand that the image may not be as clear as it would on the Jet or India Black. Images which are not extremely detailed, such as a picture of a nature scene or of a car can be etched on the lighter black granite and will turn out beautifully.

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When you start to get into the colored granite, such as the Blue Pearl and the Carnation Pink, whether or not a design can be etched varies. It not only depends upon the type of image, but also upon the color of the granite. 

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A monument which is of a darker color, such as a Forest Green, can often still be used to etch some of the lesser detailed images. Something along the lines of a landscape can be etched on these darker colors. However, etching a picture of a person is never recommended when it comes to granite which is any color other than the darker blacks.

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The lighter the color of the granite becomes the less likely a laser etched image will work. Once you get to the light grays, pinks and white, we will always recommend that the design be sandblasted only. This even applies to lettering, which can typically still be etched on the lighter reds, blues and greens, as a laser etched lettering on the lightest colors is not going to be visible at all from a distance.

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If you would like a monument in a color which cannot be laser etched, but you would still like to include a picture in the design, there is a way for you to get the best of both worlds! We can include either a laser etched Marble Portrait, or a colored Porcelain Portrait in the design. A laser etched Marble Portrait will be done in black and white and the Porcelain Portrait can be done in either color or black and white. There are a variety of shapes and sizes available in both the Marble and the Porcelain Portraits. We have designed monuments where a client has included a large Marble Portrait which covered the entire back of a white granite monument in order to add a photo collage, while still being able to choose the white granite she loved so much!

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To learn more about our Laser Etched Marble Portraits, click here: http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/laser_etched_marble.html

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To learn more about our Porcelain Portraits, click here: http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/ceramic_portraits.html

If You Live In Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey, Come Watch Us Design Your Monument!

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Did you know that in addition to online sales, Mike’s Laser Etching/Sartin Memorials also has local offices? We have a total of five display locations throughout Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania!

We understand that some people would be interested in coming to see their stone in person and watching as we create the design which is to be added to the monument. It is because of this that we have added four display locations in addition to our main office in St. George’s, Delaware. 

Our displays are located in:

MIDDLETOWN, DE: 4843 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE on Rt 301 in front of Lan-Chester Sheds & next to Mr. Mulch. A convenient location for Southern Delaware’s Residents, this 33 monuments display offers a small sample of our products at our additional Delaware Headstone Sales lot.

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ELKTON, MD: 792 West Pulaski Hwy in Elkton, MD next to the Rt. 40 Flea Market. Our Elkton location is a convenient place for Maryland Residence looking for a Maryland Monument Dealer. This location offers a display of over 100 monuments and an office to meet with our sales staff.

NEW HOURS: Monday – Friday 10 am to 6pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am to 3pm. Evening & weekend appointments are welcome! Please call Sarah at 302-419-0065 or email sarah@sartinmemorials.com to set up an appointment for this location.

View Sartin Memorials of Elkton’s Google Place Page at the following URL:http://maps.google.com/maps/placehl=en&georestrict=input_srcid:8b4b44082cc681b3

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CHESTERTOWN, MD: at the corner of MD 213 and Fey Rd. in Kingstown, MD. This location offers a display of over 50 monuments. Please call Sarah at 302-419-0065 or email sarah@sartinmemorials.com to set up an appointment for this location. 

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AVONDALE, PA: on the corner of Rt.41 and Ellicott Rd. This location offers a display of over 100 monuments and an office to meet with our sales staff. Please call Mike D. at 610-268-2358 or email pasales@sartinmemorials.com to set up an appointment for this location.

View Sartin Memorials of Avondale’s Google Place Page at the following URL:http://maps.google.com/maps/placeq=cemetery+memorials&hl=en&cid=16584215520856867338

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MAIN OFFICE IN ST. GEORGE’S, DE: at 4376 Kirkwood Saint Georges Rd in Bear, DE , next door to Saint Georges Cemetery. This is where the designing, laser etching, and sandblasting happens! Our largest display of cemetery memorial sales in DE is located in Saint Georges, showcasing over 400 headstones in over 15 different granite varieties. Although this location is staffed 6 days a week, to ensure a member of our staff will be available to assist you, please call Mike at 877-603-8484 or email us anytime at mikeslaser@comcast.net to set up an appointment. View satellite imagery of this location by visiting the following URL: http://www.wikimapia.org/10301526/Tyson-F-Sartin-Inc-and-Sartin-Memorials

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If none of these locations are near enough for you to visit, don’t be discouraged! We work with clients from all over the United States, including as far away as Alaska & Hawaii!

To learn about ordering and designing your monument online, read our blog at https://mikeslaseretchingsartinmemorials.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/order-design-your-monument-online/

In addition to our local offices in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania (visit our website at http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/locations.html to learn more about our local offices and displays) we also offer online ordering of our monuments. On a daily basis, we work with clients who live as far away as Alaska & Hawaii! Our Graphic Artists specialize in determining exactly what a client is looking for so they can then design a unique & beautiful monument to honor our client’s loved one(s).

Ordering and designing your loved one’s monument online allows you to get exactly what your are looking for without having to take time out of your busy day to visit out offices in person. The option to order online also allows you to keep everyone in your family involved in the design process without the ordeal of attempting to coordinate a time to schedule an appointment with a local office that would work for everyone.

The process of ordering and designing a monument online is quite simple! 

Browse through our website at http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/index.html and take a look at all the different monument options we have to offer. Keep in mind that if you cannot locate exactly what you are looking for, we are able to design and order custom monuments for our clients. 

Once you have chosen the monument you would like to purchase, we will work with you to create a FREE preview. If you are unable to locate a design to your liking in our design catalog at http://www.mikeslaseretching.com/laser_designs.html, just let us know what you have in mind and we will create the design you had in mind.

If you are including a picture in the design, the original can either be scanned and emailed or mailed to us. If you choose to mail the picture, we will scan it and return it to you immediately, to ensure that you do not go too long without it. If you choose to mail your original image, or we request the original due to the scanned image being of low quality, please be sure to write “DO NOT BEND” on the envelope. We also suggest that you place piece of cardboard, cut down to the size of the envelope, in with the picture. This will ensure that the original is not bent while being mailed.

Once you have approved the monument design, we will email or mail a preview approval form, which you must then review, sign, date and return to us. The signed preview can either be scanned and emailed or mailed. We WILL NOT PROCESS A STONE UNTIL THE SIGNED PREVIEW APPROVAL IS RECEIVED. This is to ensure that the spelling on the monument is correct and the design placement is exactly where you wish it to be. Our processing time begins from the day we receive the signed preview approval.

Once we have processed the monument, laser etching and/or sandblasting it and adding any porcelain portraits, we will notify you that the monument is complete. In addition to contacting you, we will forward a picture of the finished monument. We are now asking that those clients with a Facebook account “Like” our page. Once they have done this, we will be able to upload the picture of the completed monument to our Facebook page and tag the client in the picture. This allows them to then easily share the image with their friends and family.

To “Like” our Facebook page, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Laser-Etching-Sartin-Memorials/114407641941947?hc_location=timeline

We look forward to working with you to create a unique and beautiful memorial to honor your loved one!