By Steve Valentino
Plaques are not only used as tokens of appreciation, but
are also used as memorial signage to identify where the
deceased are buried. Memorial plaques are being used as
an inexpensive alternative to tomb stones.
Tombstones are more commonly used than memorial plaques
to mark the burial ground. They are carved stones,
usually granite or marble, placed over the burial site.
Some tombstones are even carved into crosses, angels,
customized emblems, or family seals, but most simply
bear engravings of quotations from the Bible or epitaphs
commemorating the departed. The tombstone also bears the
name of the person buried there and the person's date of
birth and death.
Memorial plaques are also gaining popularity because
they are a much cheaper substitute for the tombstone.
Memorial plaques are usually mounted on wooden bases
that are usually made from 2-ply exterior grade flexible
acrylic, or firmly built-in into the wall-mounted wooden
frame. There are wooden boards made of oak, mahogany or
teak. You might find some companies who can give you
specific timbers according to your request.
Memorial plaques are a low-cost yet long-lasting form of
remembrance to a loved one. Many people prefer Stone-colored,
powder-coated aluminum memorial plaques. The wood is
weatherproof and some even come with ultraviolet ray
protection or coating. Memorial plaques can carry the
same information that tombstones do. The words are
either engraved on the first layer of the plaque's
lamination to show the color underneath, or the engraved
lettering is filled white.
Memorial plaques are usually between 10mm to 15mm in
thickness, but there are also plaques that are 20 to
30mm thick. The plaque can be sized in the dimensions
you need - sometimes up to 600mm by 2000mm. Prices start
from $30 to about $120, depending on the size and level