Terrazzo Headstones in Kenya.
Many Terrazzo headstones and monuments in Kenya were made of Terrazzo mainly because it is less expensive to manufacture. Terrazzo is essentially crushed marble pieces bonded in concrete. A coloring pigment is added to cement to give wide possibility in creating of memorials with different colors and surface structure. Once polished the marble chips will shine and create a textured surface that can be written on. As Terrazzo is a man-made surface mostly many old Terrazzo memorials are nearly illegible today & cannot be read clearly. In contrast, Granite memorials from the same time can easily be read and show almost no deterioration, as the material is much natural & much harder wearing.
Granite headstone & Terrazzo can cost similar prices.
We have a large budget range of headstones that are similarly priced to Terrazzo alternatives. These headstones are 100% solid natural Kenyan Marble or Granite and the inscription is properly done using the latest technology. In some scenarios, we have even heard customers explaining that roadside headstones being more expensive than our quality offering. The cost advantages are achieved as we are the actual manufacturer and also quarry owners (no middlemen).
Terrazzo can be used to cover the entire grave, however, it is often advisable to use natural materials such as Granite or Marble if the Headstone is fitted outside and exposed to sun & rain. If the entire grave Terrazzo in time will tarnish and discolour. In some cases, it is advisable to build a small covering similar to what is used in a car park to cover the grave is manufactured from Terrazzo.
Making Better Quality Terrazzo Headstones.
To make Terrazzo headstones more durable, conscious manufacturers often reinforce the Headstone by inserting steel bars inside to help the cement bond better. Only a few manufacturers will truly reinforce materials as this is a part of the end product that is not seen by customers. The best quality can be achieved by using smaller chippings inside a purposely created woven metal casing to bind the cement mixture together. The cement should be vibrated to remove all air holes. Curing for long periods of time with ample water also helps strengthen the Terrazzo.