Cleaning, Restoration & Repair
After many years, depending upon the stone originally chosen for the monument, the polish process used and the severity of the weather, monuments can and will start to appear discolored and to show signs of age.
Though monuments are painstakingly designed to withstand the elements, catastrophic damage and time, markers will invariably need to be cleaned, repaired or even restored.
Over eight generations, Hudson Valley Memorial Group has developed cleaning and repair protocols to make sure your monument is refurbished to as close to original as possible. We are dedicated to the art and science of restoration because we know an intact monument means a great deal to surviving family members.
Our proprietary restoration and cleaning services are performed on-site. With the tools and strategies we’ve developed, we are able to bring your monument back to a state of grace that is unique within our industry.
Almost any type of stone, including marble, granite, slate and brownstone, can be restored effectively, thanks to the top-of-the-line scouring techniques developed by Charles Minozzi Sr.
Charles Sr. enjoys a reputation for being especially skilled in this area and is sought out by churches, cemeteries, shrines and seminaries all over the region to employ his proprietary method for reconditioning old marble statuary.
The result is a finish so durable it actually resists weather and maintains its beauty longer than when it was new.
Our team of experts has decades of experience repairing monuments and gravestones of all sizes, shapes and materials. Over the years, we have successfully restored hundreds of monuments. We start by first understanding the stone they are constructed from, having a deep knowledge of fabrication techniques and by using professional repair techniques.
For example, we are aware that some older etchings are likely to appear darkened with time and we can improve that. However, granite, especially the material quarried at Rock of Ages in Vermont, will withstand punishment from weather and wide variations in temperature in perpetuity.
Over many years of freezing and thawing and because of topography and other factors, the earth can settle. In these cases, even the sturdiest and most properly positioned monuments can move from their original position or become skewed. Because they can weigh well over 500 pounds, these pieces require special planning and equipment to return to their proper place, which we can provide.
Unfortunately, gravesites and markers are also occasionally desecrated through vandalism.
In August of 2019, our community experienced an appalling spate of vandalism in a Calvary Cemetery at Route 94 and Route 9W in New Windsor. Criminals knocked over about 70 headstones at gravesites and damaged numerous other items, according to investigators.
Read the news story about the incident here.
Along with many kindhearted members of the community, Hudson Valley Memorial Group volunteered our resources and knowledge to help put the cemetery memorials back together. Using our specialized equipment and experience, we worked hand in hand with other citizens to right a serious wrong.
Because we are capable of completing technically advanced repairs, we are proud to say we were able to restore this important resting place to its original splendor and ease the hearts of the families whose loved ones’ memorials were threatened.
If you are interested in using our professional cleaning, repair and restoration services to return your monument or grave marker to its original appearance, please don’t hesitate to call for a free estimate today.