Laser etching has been around for some time, and they have become ideal options for monuments, plaques, and headstones grave markers. Laser etching lasts for a long time, it can weather the elements pretty well and has a clean and polished look that makes it perfect for the headstones or memorial structures of loved ones.
Laser etched or engraved monuments are advertised to last a lifetime, but how long exactly will it last?
Because laser etching draws the image or text directly onto the surface, the etching will last as long as the headstone or monument does. Laser-etched text or images done on quality surfaces, such as granite, will last as long as the granite lasts without any fading or weathering. A sealant applied on top of the etching adds another layer of protection from fading as well. With good etching technique and a protective sealant, you are assured that the text or image engraved will remain sharp and clear for years and even decades, as long as the stone surface remains in good condition.
However, if the etching is done on cheap stone or granite, the stone’s components may start wearing down over time, taking the etching along with it. Experts will, therefore, recommend choosing high-quality stones, such as granite with fine grains with specks of white or gold, to ensure the longevity of the etching.
Best Type of Surface for Laser Etching
Laser etching is done best on fine, high-quality black granite. This is because the etching will be easy to read and see against a dramatic, black background. With a black surface, the artist also has more freedom when it comes to design and drawing effects. To ensure longevity, it is important to choose real black granite as opposed to dyed stones. True granite has specks of other colors unevenly distributed throughout the surface of the stone.
High-quality stones are also easy to clean without any destruction to the laser etching. Headstones and laser etched monuments are prone to vandalism, so you want a stone surface that will keep even if chemical cleaning solvents such as paint removers, are applied to the surface.
Laser etching is a great option for decorating the headstone of a loved one or a commemorative monument. Resistance to fading and the longevity of the stone surface means that you can honor the memory of a loved one the best way possible.