Monument Styles

Dies and bases

Dies and bases are commonly referred to as uprights or upright gravestone markers.


A die is traditionally crafted from granite and usually has a face (front) that is perpendicular to the ground and is generally set atop a base unit that raises it off the ground. Traditional dies are typically square in shape and have a serpentine, oval, straight or roof top and are used for gravestone markers or memorial monuments.


 Dies can be all polished (smooth mirror-like finish showcasing the granite color), all steeled (smooth textured finish), and they can also have rock pitch sides and top (natural rocky appearance).


Traditional bases typically have a polish flat top and rock sides which are not damaged by cemetery mowers and trimmers and will keep your monument design beautiful. However, the possibilities are endless with dies when it comes to specialty shapes, designs, and finishes, which will enable you to give your family memorial monument a very personal touch. Many of the different options are showcased in our Monument Design Catalogue in the menu to the right. Here you will find designs for individual dies and companion dies.


Please note that many cemeteries have sections that either do not allow, or only allow dies and bases, and often restrict aspects of size and have other engraving requirements and restrictions for your memorial monument. It is important that you contact Gaydos Monument Company so we can confirm these details for you, prior to purchase


Slants have earned their name because they typically have a slanted face (front).


They are crafted from granite and are traditionally lower to the ground than dies and can be set directly on the cemetery footer at ground level or atop a base. As with dies, traditional slants customarily have a serpentine, oval or straight top. Slants also typically have a rock front nose, but western style slants do have a full face and no front nosing.


The face of a slant is traditionally polished (smooth, mirror-like finish) and the sides and front nose are usually rock pitch (natural rocky appearance). The tops and back of slants can be polished, rock pitch, or sawn (smooth, dull finish). However, as with dies, slants have a virtual cornucopia of monument designs and finish options, which will enable you to personalize your memorial monuments, grave headstones, granite monuments, and gravestone markers.


Many of the different slant options are showcased in our monument design catalogue in the menu to the right. Here you will find design options for individual slants and companion slants. Please note that many cemeteries have sections that either do not allow or only allow slants and place other restrictions with respect to size and engravings. It is important to contact Gaydos Monument Company so we can confirm these details for you prior to purchasing.

Flat Granite Markers and Bronzes

Bronzes are flat style, rectangular markers that are usually installed flush with the ground on a concrete pre-cast or a granite or concrete surround.


Gaydos Monument Company recommends the use of granite gravestone markers whenever and wherever possible for reasons of affordability, design versatility, and ease of maintenance.


However some cemeteries, specifically "memorial park" and "garden" cemeteries, often require bronze markers and will not allow the use of granite gravestone markers or grave headstones.  Gaydos Monument Company can help you with choosing a bronze as well, as well as help you determine the maintenance/care and footer fees often charged by bronze cemeteries