When you’re commemorating a loved one, it’s important to choose the best kind of material for that plaque. When making this decision, there are a variety of types of plaques you can choose from. Whether it’s the material, the type or method of engraving, or the overall style, there is virtually an endless possibility of designs.
At Erie Landmark, we specialize in aluminum or bronze plaques. There are benefits to each, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for and how the plaque will be used. If you are unsure, we can certainly work with you to find what material and style of plaque is best for your vision.
What are you using it for?
When you’re choosing the material for your memorial plaque, it’s important to know what you’ll use it for and understand what materials will be ideal for conveying the intended meaning. Some materials can share specific meanings and represent different ideas. Certain materials, as well as how the plaque is designed, will look statelier and more significant than others. For example, bronze conveys elegance and reverence for the person or event it is commemorating. As you consider the type of material and design you’d like, have a concrete idea of the impression you’re trying to get across to whoever sees the plaque.
Where will it be?
In order to ensure that your plaque lasts as long as possible and is properly used to memorialize someone, you need to take into account where it will be located when choosing materials. If the plaque is indoors, you have more options for the type of materials you’d like to use. However, if it’s going to be outside and used to mark a grave or important location, you’ll want it to be as durable as possible and must choose the material accordingly.
When it comes to the optimal metals to use outside, you have a few options. It’s important to do your research and know how the material you choose for your plaque holds up in a variety of environmental and weather conditions. When it comes to a material like bronze, it can be compared to stainless steel in its durability. Also, once it oxidizes, the environmental elements cannot hurt it. You’ll never have to worry about seeing rust on bronze, unlike iron or steel.
Benefits of bronze plaques
We highly recommend utilizing bronze when choosing the material for your memorial plaque. At Erie Landmark, we have extensive experience working with bronze and have seen it prove its value when designing plaques. Bronze is a durable material that is sure to last for a significant amount of time and can be kept clean and looking great. Bronze plaques convey a sense of reverence and permanence when used, particularly to memorialize a loved one.