For most monuments, the base is gray, giving a contrast effect with the color of the monument. We use Salt And Pepper granite from our Stanstead quarry to ensure control over our supply and the quality of our stone.
We can produce bases of all dimensions adapted to those of your monuments. A classic base should be 3 to 6 inches longer on each side of the monument. The standard height is 12 or 14 inches.
The fact that a base is sawed or dented does not change the properties of the stone, there is no more risk that the water seeps into a base whose sides are rustic than in a base whose sides are polished. This is also valid for the risk of fragmentation of the stone by the fact of frost.