If strength, beauty and color choices are top priorities, you’ll find all these features in cast iron.

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Q: I want to install a vessel sink in my new bathroom, and I’m thinking about cast iron for my sink material choice. Can you please give me some advice on cast-iron vessel-type sinks? Also, I want to build my bathroom as green as possible.

A: To start off, if strength, beauty and color choices are top priorities, you’ll find all these features in cast iron. Remember, vessel sinks are exposed because they sit on top of the counter. Heavy-duty materials like cast iron can provide some extra sink protection.

Also, with a cast-iron vessel sink, the enameled finish inside the bowl can be one color and the painted outside of the bowl can be a contrasting color, to create an artistic effect.

Finally, most cast-iron fixtures contain recycled materials. So, if you want to build green, no need to feel blue about using cast iron.

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 eddelgrande.com.