Sunset Memorial & Stone Services

Sunset Memorial & Stone Services admin February 20, 2021

Sunset Memorial & Stone Services

Life provides losses and heartbreak. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning. Sunset Memorial & Stone continues to create lasting and meaningful memories, but we also help with the maintenance or restoration of memorials. We supply, inscribe and install a wide range of memorials and offer a number of specialized onsite services including inscriptions of additional information, names, dates or graphics to an existing memorial or sign. We can show you tips to help keep your memorial looking brand new and how to maintain your monument, the right products to use and what not to do.
  • Additional inscriptions / graphics to existing memorials
  • Filling chips and cracks
  • Memorial maintenance – including cleaning of headstone and restoration
  • Renovations including cleaning of marble memorials, stabilizing / anchoring of shifted memorials
We pride ourselves on providing our customers modern technology coupled with traditional methods. Most importantly the memorial will express your special memories of your loved one. Please contact us if you have any questions about the services we provide and how we can guide you, if possible, to do it yourself.
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Sunset Memorial & Stone Available Services

Inscriptions

Headstones & Gravestones

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Installations

Monument, Memorial & Columbaria

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Restorations

Headstone & Monument Restoration

Restorations

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Custom Carving

Headstones Designs

Custom Carving

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Headstone and Gravestone Inscriptions
What’s a Headstone Inscription?

  • A headstone inscription is when letters are engraved onto a memorial. Our design team at Sunset has lots of knowledge and experience with many different types of gravestone inscription. We can create any engraving in any type or style of font.
  • We can also match any lettering style or engraving that’s on an existing memorial. This is called an added inscription. We can add a name, date, or any image or graphic you’d like. We’ll send you a sample proof, which will show you how the added lettering will look before we do the actual engraving.
  • Most headstone inscriptions are done at the place where the memorial is located. When gravestone inscriptions are done outside, sometimes unpleasant weather may cause a delay.
  • If you want a very large or complicated added gravestone inscription, we may need to bring the stone to our manufacturing facility. We have lots of experience doing this and we’re very careful so the memorial won’t get damaged.
Added inscription from Sunset Memorial and Stone

Laser Etching, Engraving & Inscribing

Sunset Memorial & Stone offers state-of-the-art laser engraving with stunning results, opening up a world of possibilities for inscribing detailed images onto memorial designs.

Laser etchings allow for a wider range of customization than sandblasted engravings. In sandblasting, there are certain standards that must be adhered to in regards to minimum line weights and text sizing. In some cases, when there is an extensive amount of text, or if the reproduction of a photograph is required, we would likely recommend the art to be lasered onto the stone’s surface. The process engraves a picture or text into the granite with photographic precision, detail and accuracy.

Lasering provides the flexibility in having smaller text and/or artwork; however, lasering also has certain criteria which must be met. For instance, they are permanent and aesthetically pleasing, but will stand out best if etched on a dark-colored granite such as Premium Black or a darker Brits.

Please be aware that because of the level of detail that can be achieved and the number of additional steps involved, lasering is more costly, as opposed to sandblasting, but definitely worthwhile if you are looking to preserve those subtle qualities in an image.

Laser Engraving at Sunset Memorial and Stone

Does Sunset Do Other Types of Inscription Work?

Sunset can add inscriptions to columbaria, address rocks, awards, dedication bricks and granite signs.

Custom Stone Carving Services in Calgary

Custom Headstone Carving

We are proud to present our Sunset Exclusive Memorial Service inspired by the memorial and headstone carving work of master craftsman and sculptor Dmitry Skiba, out of Calgary, AB.

At Sunset, we recognize that some clients want to create a custom memorial that is unique, a monument that will commemorate a life with distinction. We support families that want to be involved in the process of designing and creating a “one of a kind” memorial that truly represents their loved one’s passions and interests. Sunset Exclusive, is able to meet the needs of this discerning clientele with our professional graphic design team combined with the outstanding stone masonry skills of Dmitry Skiba.

Dmitry established his reputation as a talented stone carver and sculptor overseas. As more and more people saw his work, he was asked to design and carve more grand and elaborate headstones and memorial monuments. Thanks to the success of a vast array of commissioned works, Dmitry is able to showcase the diversity and breadth of his artistry. In 2014, Dmitry moved to Calgary to create a new life for his family and to ply his artistic custom carving and memorial masonry skills in Canada.

 

Custom Carved Monument at Sunset Memorial and Stone
Custom Design Carved Headstones

Unique and original designs and options for you to choose from.

Sunset is fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a talented headstone mason who excels at making stone come to life. As you will notice in Dmitry’s impressive portfolio, his level of skill and proficiency is extraordinary. His custom memorial designs and hand carved headstones are brilliantly conceived and masterfully sculpted. For those who are looking for a custom headstone or custom memorial with distinctive features and elaborate detail, talk to our monument sales team about how we can help you design a custom hand carved granite memorial, sculpted by an expert monument mason.   For broad range budgetary purposes (based on an average monument size), our Sunset Exclusive Service costs can range from $2000.00 to $5000.00.

No longer constricted by the confines of the “standard” monument, let your imagination soar and your vision become a reality.

If you are seeking a “one of a kind” hand carved custom monument, contact us in Calgary today to learn about our Sunset Exclusive Service.

Installations

Cemetery Monument Installation-
The Process

Life provides losses and heartbreak. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning. Sunset Memorial & Stone continues to create lasting and meaningful memories, but we also help with the maintenance or restoration of memorials.

We supply, inscribe and install a wide range of memorials and offer a number of specialized onsite services including inscriptions of additional information, names, dates or graphics to an existing memorial or sign. 

We can show you tips to help keep your memorial looking brand new and how to maintain your monument, the right products to use and what not to do. 

  • Additional inscriptions / graphics to existing memorials
  • Filling chips and cracks
  • Memorial maintenance – including cleaning of headstone and restoration
  • Renovations including cleaning of marble memorials, stabilizing / anchoring of shifted memorials

We pride ourselves on providing our customers modern technology coupled with traditional methods. Most importantly the memorial will express your special memories of your loved one.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the services we provide and how we can guide you, if possible, to do it yourself.

Sunset Memorial and Stone Installation Process
Installation - Headstones & Monuments

Consider Sunset’s professional monument installation team who can have your monument installed efficiently and properly without causing you unnecessary stress and worry.

Headstone, Memorial, and Monument Restorations

Restoration Services

At Sunset Memorial & Stone, we:

  • do memorial restoration
  • clean memorials
  • repaint memorials
  • reinstall memorials that have shifted or fallen
  • releveling
  • highlighting

Sometimes memorials can get damaged, shift, or fall. This can happen because of the weather or just over time. Some stones like marble can be affected more because they’re porous and soft. If you have a marble memorial with any fine carved detail, it may be harder to see over time.

Rarely cemetery markers get damaged by accident. If this happens, call Sunset for monument restoration. We have a very good understanding about what can happen to different types of stone and we can fix any problem. Call our headstone restoration team today if you have a memorial that’s been damaged in any way.

We may need to go out to the memorial and take a look at the damage. We use specialized memorial restoration techniques to make the memorial look better. We do our very best to have it looking the same as it did before the damage happened. We’ve done this type of work for many years all over Alberta.

Monument Restoration from Sunset Memorial and Stone
Restoration - Headstones & Monuments

Consider Sunset’s professional monument restoration team who can have your monument efficiently and properly restored without causing you unnecessary stress and worry.

Can I Clean or Restore a Monument Myself?

It’s always best to call Sunset if you need to clean, secure, or restore a memorial. We have lots of experience and our headstone restoration services will get the memorial back to looking like it should. Sometimes people decide to do the work themselves and end up causing more damage.

Did you know there are special ways to clean a memorial? If you plan to clean a memorial yourself, here are a few things you should know.

  • Strong chemicals and cleaners with dyes can stain a monument.
  • If the stone has a polished surface, it’s usually okay to use a glass cleaner.
  • If you use a pressure washer on a polished or unpolished (sawn) surface, be very careful and don’t use the high-pressure setting because it may remove paint from the artwork.

For more information about cleaning or moving a monument, see our FAQ’s page.

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