Cast iron can be a great all-around choice for sinks, bathtubs and more.

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Q: We’re building a new house, and I want to use cast iron for our sinks, shower base and bathtub. My husband says it sounds old-fashioned to use cast iron for so many plumbing fixtures and I should look at other material choices, as well. Is there anything out of the ordinary with my preference to use as many cast-iron fixtures as possible?

A: Today’s plumbing fixtures are available in a variety of materials. In most cases, it comes down to personal taste and using a good material fit for the needed fixture application.

From what I’ve seen, cast iron can be a great all-around fixture choice for three basic reasons.

Strength. Hey, it’s called enameled cast iron. It’s a strong, heavy-duty material that is very resistant to scratches, chips, cracks and burns.

Style. Because cast-iron plumbing fixtures are available in constantly changing shapes and colors, they always seem to be in style. For kitchen-sink use, you can easily match just about any type of countertop.

Green factor. Cast-iron fixtures contain a healthy portion of recycled materials, and that’s good news all around.

So, when you add everything up, nothing should cast a doubt on your cast-iron fixture choice.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit