Why a Bronze Plaque or Bust Is Often the Best Choice for Your Marker

When creating a memorial of any sort, or if you need to make a marker for an outdoor landmark or historic site, you can choose from a number of different materials, including steel, aluminum, and even acrylic. While each may have certain advantages, there are many reasons why bronze is still one of the most popular materials used for memorials, plaques, and the like. Note a few of those reasons here so you can decide if it's the right choice for your project.

1. Classic style

Acrylic is a popular choice for markers and plaques, but the material doesn't offer the same classic look as bronze. Many markers that are meant to be used for landmarks and as long-term commemorative plaques are made from bronze because it has an old-world, classic look that you cannot get from acrylic or even steel and aluminum. The metal also ages with a nice patina finish that many find to be somewhat classic and antique-looking. For a marker or plaque that will continue to look timeless for years to come, bronze can be the right choice.

2. Durability

Steel rusts over time, so it might not be the right choice for outdoor spaces and especially in high humidity. Aluminum doesn't rust but it is very lightweight and may be prone to bending or denting from hail and other such damage. This is why bronze is often the better choice for any marker or plaque that you want to put outside; it won't rust like steel and it's much stronger than aluminum, so it may hold up better under inclement and harsh weather conditions.

3. Weight

Despite its durability, bronze is somewhat lightweight. This can make it a good choice if you want to hang a plaque from the wall, as you may not need strong anchors to keep it in place. It's also easier to move a bronze plaque or bust than it would be to move a stainless steel or other heavier choice. If you need to relocate your piece, such as for putting it away during wintertime or the off-season, bronze can be a better option.

4. Eco-friendly

Bronze plaques and busts are more eco-friendly. There is also less toxic waste created during the casting and etching process. If you're looking for a "green" option or one that is eco-friendly, bronze can be the better choice.

For more information, talk to a bronze plaque specialist.