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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve never purchased a headstone before. Where do I start?
A: You’ve come to the right place. At Walker Monument, we are committed to assisting you through the entire process. We will assist you in understanding the regulations and restrictions of the cemetery where the stone will be installed, and will provide you with a large selection of sizes, shapes, and granite colors to fit your taste, style, and budget. ... Read more
Q: What shapes and sizes are available?
A: We have many standard shapes and sizes of in-stock granite to choose from. There are two main types of headstones to choose from – grass markers and upright monuments. Grass markers are typically installed flat, flush with the grass (required by some cemeteries), or poured on a slight slope. Upright monuments come in several different shapes, from standard vertical-faced, to slants, hearts, ovals, teardrops, and other shapes. ... Read more
Q: How much does a monument or headstone cost?
A: Pricing is determined by the size, shape, and granite color. We have infant-size stones that start as low as $325. Single stones (for one person) start at $769. Companion stones (for two people) start at $1,312. This pricing includes the stone, engraving, concrete, and installation in cemeteries within a 100-mile radius of Orem, Utah. ... Read more
Q: How does the process work?
A: We begin by helping you select the size, shape, and granite color. Once that selection has been made we will write up an order that includes the information that you would like on the stone and help you select a design, and collect a down-payment. ... Read more
Q: How long does the process take?
A: The proof and approval process typically takes 1-2 weeks depending on the complexity of the design and how many revisions are requested. From the time that the design proof is approved the typical time to completion is 4-6 weeks depending on our workload, weather, time of year, etc.
Q: Is a concrete border required around my stone?
A: Typically, yes. The requirement of a concrete border (mow strip) is determined by the individual cemetery’s regulations. Most require a concrete border in order to protect the stone from damage by lawn mowers, trimmers, and other equipment. We do have all-granite options available, however, if you prefer it over a concrete border.
Q: What can I use to clean my stone?
A: Our recommendation is white vinegar followed by a generous rinsing with water. A plastic bristle brush is sometimes also helpful to loosen stubborn mineral deposits and hard water stains. If you don’t receive the results you are looking for with vinegar, the next option is a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part Muriatic Acid. ... Read more
Q: Can I purchase a headstone in advance before I or my loved one have passed away?
A: Absolutely. This is called a “pre-need” stone. Some of the advantages are that you can choose the design now and have the stone made in advance. You also pay today’s prices, which saves you from future price increases. We can either install the stone at the cemetery on your plot, if you prefer, we will store your stone until it is needed, at no charge. ... Read more
Q: Can you do custom designs and monument shapes?
A: Custom designs are our specialty. Our in-house artist (one of the owners of Walker Monument) is extremely talented and has over 25 years’ experience in design and monument building. We have thousands of designs on file that are 100% original to and copyrighted by Walker Monument. ... Read more
Q: What kind of accessories can I add to a headstone or monument?
A: We offer porcelain and enameled steel portraits that come with a lifetime, no-questions-asked warranty. If the portrait is ever damaged, fades, vandalized, etc. You just give us a call, and we will order a replacement and install it at no cost. ... Read more
Q: If I order a headstone online from another company and have it shipped, can you add the concrete and install it in the cemetery?
A: We can do this, but it typically ends up costing more than purchasing the stone directly from Walker Monument. You also have a local, trusted company that has been in the monument business for over 42 years standing behind your purchase.
Q: If I live too far away to visit your showroom, am I still able to order a stone?
A: Absolutely! We have many customers who purchase either over the phone or via email, without ever setting foot in our showroom. We have our catalog available on our website as well as many pictures of completed work. We respond very quickly to email and can make the experience very easy and convenient for you. ... Read more
Q: Can you engrave a death date on a stone that is already installed in the cemetery?
A: Yes we can. We have portable equipment and can add death dates on-site at most cemeteries. Occasionally cemeteries require the stone to be removed so that the 2nd grave can be excavated. In cases like these, we are able to remove the stone from the cemetery, engrave the death date at our shop, and re-install the stone after the cemetery has backfilled and compacted the grave. ... Read more
Q: I found the same design at one of your competitors. Why should I buy from Walker Monument?
A: If you found an identical design at one of our competitors, it is likely because they have copied or duplicated our design. All of our designs are original to Walker Monument and copyrighted. We believe in honesty and integrity and will not steal designs from competitors. Use caution when dealing with companies who do not respect the intellectual property of others.
The Ordering Process:
Thank you for choosing Walker Monument. We appreciate your business and look forward to helping you through the process of ordering and designing a monument for you or your loved one. We will write up your order with all of the information for your stone, and what you would like to have engraved on the stone. This will include: Read more
The Payment Process:
We typically request a 50% deposit of the total cost of the order to get started with the design and proof approval process. We accept cash, personal and cashier checks, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and debit cards. Read more
The Proof Approval Process:
After a deposit has been paid we will begin the design work on your order. Please allow _2-5_ days for you to receive your first proof. We typically send proofs via email. If you would like the proof mailed, or would like to stop in at our office to review the proof, please let us know, and we will be happy to accommodate you. Read more
The Production Process:
We have many orders in production at any given time. Production time starts when the proof has been approved and the order has been paid in full. Currently our production times are 6 to 7 weeks from the date of proof approval and final payment for in-stock granite. ... Read more
The Installation Process:
After the design and lettering have been engraved on the stone we will pour the concrete border on the stone here at our shop. The completed stone and concrete are then transported to the cemetery and installed by us. We will contact the cemetery in advance and coordinate with them for the location and placement of the stone. Read more