Granite Q&A

Decisions and the Grieving Process

The selection of a memorial as a tribute to a loved one is an important decision. Before reading the information on our website, please know that it is our wish that you not feel pressure to make immediate decisions about a memorial. This guide is meant only to inform you about granite memorials, so when you are ready, you may feel confident in your choice. As monument builders for over one hundred years, we respect your feelings during this time, and provide you with the helpful guide to educate you about what is, for most people, an unfamiliar purchase.


C. Michael Birkmeier - President

Is it Granite? Or is it Marble?

It is granite. The majority of memorials placed in cemeteries in the Northern U.S. are made out of granite. Over time, granite is proven to be far more durable than marble. Visit a cemetery and locate an older section that contains marble monuments. You will find that the family names and dates on marble monuments are barely legible. The reason? Since marble is a softer rock, erosion over time slowly eats away at its surface.Granite, on the other hand, is classified as igneous rock, one of the hardest rock forms in existence. It has been proven highly durable and not likely to erode. Find a granite monument in your local cemetery and you will note that the lettering is still clear and legible even years after it was originally placed in the cemetery.

About us

Delphos Granite Works is the largest monument company in northwest Ohio with 35 locations and representatives to serve you. We offer cemetery headstone, gravestones, headstones, monuments, and many other granite products.

Contact Us

201 E. First St.
P.O. Box 336
Delphos, OH 45833

(419) 695-5500
(419) 695-0317
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Business hours

Come visit us!

Monday thru Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm

After hours by appointment

Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed

Delivery Receiving Hours:
Monday thru Friday
7:00am to 3:00pm