Q: We’re building a new home and I’d like a vessel-type bathroom sink. This bathroom is for our children and will get heavy-duty use. Are cast-iron vessel sinks available? And, aside from strength, what other benefits do these sinks offer? — Tiffany, Tennessee

A: Vessel-style sinks are, indeed, available in cast iron, and they offer additional benefits in addition to their strength of material.

First, these sinks are available in numerous colors. Aside from traditional colors like white, biscuit and gray, newer cast-iron sink colors can include indigo blue, black plum and caviar.

Next, cast-iron sinks are designed in different shapes and sizes to blend in with just about any kitchen or bathroom.

Finally, and this may be a surprise, cast iron can be considered a green material. A large percentage of cast-iron sinks are made with recycled materials.

Ed Del Grande is a master plumber, contractor and author. Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.