A sign specialist works with you to design your stone.
Customer and designer determine rough stone dimensions, font type and height, layout of lettering and imaging.
Customer and designer determine if a sawn of natural stone face will be used and if any additional stone work needs to occur.
Once the above is determined, the stone designer will provide a cost estimate.
2. Stone Selection
Stones are chosen based on customer’s desire regarding height and length of stone.
8” – 10” is typically added to the requested height of the stone to allow for in-ground installation.
Sign Specialist can select stone on behalf of customer based on desired height, length and shape.
If customer desires to self select stone, a site visit to the Lanark quarry can be arranged.
3. Pricing & Payment
Pricing is determined by stone weight, number and size of letters and total square inches of any artwork.
Additional charges are added for sawing, drilling or shaping of stone, paint colors other than black, design work and actual size paper printouts of design work, if required.
All pricing is FOB Lanark.
Payment is due at the time of pickup. Cash and or checks are accepted.
Credit cards are also accepted for an additional 3% fee.
4. Pickup & Delivery
Finished signs can be picked up Monday – Friday at the Lanark Quarry in Lanark, IL 15124 State Route 73 between the hours of 7am and 3:30 pm.
Stones can be loaded in the back of a pickup truck on a pallet, on a flat bed trailer or an over wheel trailer. Sides must be removable on trailers.
We do not offer delivery services.
We recommend to use a local contractor to pickup and deliver your sign if you are unable to pick it up yourself.
Lean sign against another stone or immovable object making sure the stone is secure and not at risk of falling.
Dig a hole 8” – 12” deep and approximately 8” – 12” wider and longer on each end/side of stone.
Fill hole with 3” – 4” of roadstone to make a base (do not put loose dirt back in the hole).
Set stone in hole on top of roadstone base or on top of bricks placed on top of roadstone.
Bricks/Blocks allow concrete to work under the stone.
Brace the stone ensuring it is level and not leaning.
Pour premixed concrete or bag concrete in the hole (bag concrete can be put in dry and then mixed with water in the hole.
Once concrete has hardened, dirt can be placed on top of the concrete and leveled.
On concrete slab
Pour slab based on recommendations by a professional installer. Steel dowels can be inserted in to concrete and stone to keep it upright and stable.
It is strongly recommended that this type of installation be done by a professional with experience setting stone signs. (Fischer Stone does not offer stone installation).
Larger stone signs (greater than 1 1⁄2 tons)
Fischer Stone recommends all stones over 3,000lbs have installation plans approved by a landscape engineer and actual installation completed by a hardscapes professional.
*** The installation recommendations above are only intended to be a helpful reference. In know way, does Fischer Stone, Inc. accept any responsibility with regards to handling, placement or installation of stone signs. It is our recommendation, that all stones be installed by a service professional with the proper equipment and experience.
6. Sign Care
All signs are painted with lithochromatic paint for maximum adhesion and sealed with a breathable concrete sealer prior to delivery.
After installation, your sign should be cleaned with a non-abrasive dish soap, water and brush. After cleaning, rinse thoroughly. Once the stone is completely dry, a new application of breathable concrete sealer (available at most hardware stores and paint centers) should be applied to the entire stone. This application should be repeated annually and is essential to maintaining the beauty of your stone by helping to prevent mold, paint flaking and stone spalling.
A power washer and mildew remover can be used to clean moldy stones. Test an area of the stone with the mildew remover prior to cleaning the entire stone to make sure it does not discolor stone. Do not apply high water pressure directly on painted areas as it will cause paint removal. Once the stone has been thoroughly cleaned and allowed to dry, a new application of breathable concrete sealer should be applied to the entire stone.
Fischer Stone offers a 90-day warranty against paint flaking. Because signs are applied on to a natural limestone surface and continuously exposed to the elements, Fischer Stone does not offer any type of warranty against stone coloration, molding or spalling. If these conditions occur, we highly recommend referring to and following the maintenance.
Ready To Start?
If you you are ready to begin the process of creating your own stone sign, please fill out the form or use one of the contact methods listed below.
Contact or visit us in our office from Monday to Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm