The Benefits of a Cast Iron Sink
Thinking about renovating your kitchen?
Choosing the right sink to fit the remodel can be a daunting task, but amidst the wide variety of kitchen sinks available today, none have stood the test of time quite like the cast iron sink.
Long-lasting, durable, and easy to maintain, cast iron sinks have been around for a long time, and while they may have lost the top spot to stainless steel for a spell, they’re back and better than ever. These days, homeowners can get a cast iron sink in even more styles, colors, and configurations than ever before. But before you go rushing out to buy yourself a new one, let’s talk a bit about what cast iron is and why it may or may not be the best option.
What is it?
Cast iron is a heavy, brittle, but durable iron alloy that forms the foundation of the sink. Many are actually made from a high percentage of recycled or reclaimed iron, making it a reasonably good “green” option as far as kitchen sinks go. The surface coating on the sink is porcelain enamel, a hard, durable coating that protects the underlying cast iron and gives the sink its smooth, glossy surface.
Durable – Cast iron isn’t going to crack or dent like a solid surface or stainless steel sink.
Attractive – The porcelain enamel coating provides a glossy finish that adds a beautiful visual appeal.
DIY-Friendly – A top-mount (drop-in) cast iron sink is easy to install and doesn’t require extra devices to hold it in place.
Low Maintenance – The porcelain surface is non-porous and smooth making it resistant to staining and easy to keep clean.
Heavy – A cast iron undermount kitchen sink requires solid support because of its weight.
Brittle – The enamel can chip or scratch if it’s knocked hard enough, and any exposed cast iron is susceptible to rust.
Sensitive – Enamel does stain over time, and the abrasiveness of typical kitchen cleaners can scratch and wear away at the sink’s porcelain finish.
Installation: Drop-in cast iron sinks are DIY-friendly, but may require more caulk to seal the gaps between the countertop and the sink. A drop-in cast iron sink installation will cost less than an undermount cast iron sink installation, which is more labor-intensive.