Choosing a Cast Iron Kitchen Sink
Among all the choices available for kitchen sinks, the cast iron sink has stood the test of time and looks like it will continue to be a favorite of homeowners for a long time to come.
Cast iron sinks have shown such longevity because they are durable, attractive and easy to maintain. They also offer color choices, something another favorite of homeowners, stainless steel, doesn't.
However, with all of the benefits available to choosing a cast iron kitchen sink, there are some things to consider first.
The style of cast iron sink you choose, whether drop-in or undermount, will determine whether special installation hardware is required.
Drop-in sinks don't require special hardware because they sit on top of the countertop. On the other hand, undermount sinks do require hardware to support them from underneath.
There are also consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of the coating added to cast iron sinks to give them the desired finish, to take into account.
Today's cast iron sinks are more attractive, durable and easier to care for given the advancements in both coating and casting technology. Taking the time to research these options will help you make an informed decision on a sink that will last you many years.
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 them a pretty acceptable "green" sink option.
The surface coating on the sink is porcelain enamel and this is the finish that gives cast iron sinks their cosmetic appeal. Porcelain enamel is a porcelain coating that's been applied over the cast iron and fired at very high temperatures. The finish gives the sink a hard, durable coating that protects the cast iron under it and gives the sink its smooth, glossy surface.
The term porcelain enamel shouldn't be confused with enamel paint, even though the same word is used for both. The enamel finish on a cast iron sink is not painted on. In this case the porcelain enamel is a coating applied to the cast iron sink.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cast Iron Sinks
Cast iron sinks can be an excellent choice for a long lasting, durable and attractive kitchen sink. Like anything else they do have disadvantages, as well as, advantages, however, for the most part they are a very popular alternative to their counterparts.
FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting cast iron kitchen sinks at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of sinks from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Kohler and Ceco. Our sinks will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.