Brazos Valley Memorial

Helping Preserve Family Legacy Since 1956

At Riley-Gardner Memorial we carry the highest quality granite and marble in the industry. All of the monuments that we carry have proven to withstand the outdoor elements and therefore meet our one-of-a-kind guarantee. At each location and funeral home that we serve, there are educated sales representatives who will guide you through the process of memorializing your loved one.

Choosing and Personalizing Your Memorial

When you walk into one of our locations, you can expect a heartfelt greeting from one of our friendly representatives. Time will be spent listening to you tell them about your loved one and finding out how to best serve your memorial needs. Once all options have been discussed, our representatives are trained to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind monument. Each of our outlet locations are equipped to produce a computer generated proof of your headstone. This proof will be a scaled version of your custom memorial and is key in our mistake proof guarantee. Our representatives and artists specialize in creating all different types of monuments; from general sandblast designs, to laser etchings, to fully sculpted headstones.

Producing Your Memorial

Once these processes are complete, the stone is rolled out into the main production area where a thin layer of glue is applied to the freshly frosted areas. The stencil panels are placed back in the frosted areas from which they were earlier removed, and all of the lines and lettering will then be pulled to leave behind the design which will be cut deeply into the stone. The stone will next be sent through one of our two automated sandblasts. Once this final sandblasting is complete, the stone is pushed into the paint and wash room, where the newly sandblasted lettering and design will be painted. After being painted, the stencil is removed, the stone is washed and pushed out onto the drying rack.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.

Sandblast

After you have been presented with the custom design work you have requested and approve the rendering of your memorial we will begin the production phase. Your monument is brought into our manufacturing facility. A special template is cut out of a rubber mat which we call a stencil. The stencil matches the size and shape of the headstone you have selected and will be centered and laid out on the stone. All exposed polished areas that do not receive lettering or design will be covered with patching in order to protect them during the sandblasting process. All of the stencil that makes up the panels around the lettering, emblems, or design work will then be removed and laid aside for later use. At this point, the stone will go into our frosting sandblast where the polish is removed, leaving a bright panel to bring out the lettering and design work. If there are flowers in the design, the stone will then go into our special carving sandblast machine. This sandblast is designed for the artist to shape the flowers with a handheld sandblasting tool.

Riley-Gardner Memorial takes pride in producing quality monuments. The production procedures discussed above are known as double processing. Double processing produces the sharpest and longest lasting lettering possible. Not all memorial companies produce this way, and it is very important to know that a single processed stone will fade and flake at a much faster rate.

Laser Design

Riley-Gardner Memorial has been producing our own laser designed monuments since 2004. Before a lasered monument is created, an image must be input or designed in our computer program. This is a very tedious and time intensive process; however, once our artists have created an image, we can duplicate it as many times as needed. The most common color used for laser etching is Premium Black. Premium Black produces the cleanest laser photos and designs one can find. Other colors, such as Catseye Red and Dark Cloud, have proven to work well with laser; those colors show laser artwork very nicely but are not recommended for laser photos. Laser monuments are becoming more and more common in cemeteries. One question often asked is, “How long will the laser design last?” Laser, like sandblast, puts a break in the polish and exposes the raw stone beneath. The laser heats the stone and removes the polish where sandblast cuts into the stone therefore removing the polish. Unless the monument loses its polish or is re-polished the laser design will last for many years to come.

Installation

Once the above preparations are complete, the final stone product is ready for the installation process. We have crews stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma so that we know that your newly crafted memorial will be guided safely to it final resting place.

What People Say About Us

Client Testimonials

Beverly Lee
2022-06-06
Truly a pleasure doing business here. I had went to about 3 other business and they told me it'll take over 6 months for return. But with Brazos Valley I received my mom tombstone within a 2 months. Kuddos on accuracy. Ryan really help me to handle this situation with patience and respect. I would recommend Brazos Valley Monument to everyone.
Drew Bizzell
2022-01-05
Truly a pleasure doing business here. I walked in knowing nothing about the process, with dozens of questions in my head. Ryan was very courteous, patient and professional. Rather than bombard him with the many questions I had about the process right out of the gate, I just sat back and listened to him to walk me through it. He asked for our family's needs and ideas for the monument, and when he finished I had zero questions or concerns. I knew I'd not be talking to another monument company. It was really a neat process of watching Ryan design the monument based on the customizations my family and I decided on. The monument was placed just yesterday and we couldn't be happier with the final product. From start to finish the whole process was painless. I'd highly recommend Brazos Valley Monument Company for anyone who is of need of these services.
Robert Valadez
2021-03-05
Erik and the team there are exceptional at customer service. This is not an easy industry to be in I am sure, they took time with us as we navigated the difficulties of selecting something that would honor my father. They are patient and extremely accommodating. I wanted a very specific detail added that was in line with the cemetery guidelines and the people that handle the actual art did an amazing job! I can not thank them enough for the service they provided.
Sandra Robertson
2020-12-16
I am very thankful For this company, The headstone is beautiful and I am very appreciative of the patience and the time that Eric took up with me, because I was a mess during this time. I/my family love the headstone. I love that the stone was placed in a timely manner, and I appreciative that all I had to do is tell Eric what I wanted and he made it happen thank you again.
Jessica Dainty
2020-10-01
I am incredibly happy to have found Brazos Valley Monuments when looking for a headstone. Erik was so kind and helpful and worked hard to help me create the perfect monument to honor my husband. The artwork is also beautiful and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Sheila Whitfield
2020-08-06
I would recommend Brazos Valley to everyone. I had no idea what I needed or how to handle this situation. From the very first phone call, they were very respectful, kind and helpful. I did not feel any pressure to make a quick decision. Erik made great suggestions and gave me helpful information. The end product was beautiful. My family and I will forever be grateful to Brazos Valley for the great service during this tough time.
Shirlette Deveraux
2018-10-03
The memorial for my parents is simply beautiful! Thank you so much for the exquisite production. We want to thank Mr. & Mrs. Adams who helped us with the design. We will recommend your company to all our friends. The family of Pastor Obie Rolling, Jr.
Valerie Boutte
2018-01-21
Brazos Valley Monument Co. provided more than we ever thought we would need. Not only was the monument for my younger brother incredible-but they treated us with so much compassion that we felt like family. They even reached out to us during Hurricane Harvey to make sure we were okay here in Houston! My family and I highly recommend using this company should you need this service- you will not be disappointed.