Thursday, 25 February 2016

"The Cast Iron Bath Revival" - Part 1

As Featured in February 2016 Issue of Architects Data File:

“What comes around, goes around”
Well, that’s certainly the case with cast iron baths, as ever increased demand pushes the market to a second coming, and those at its heart continue to enjoy a cast iron renaissance. 

But why cast iron baths? 
Why choose cast iron over the modern-day alternatives such as acrylic or even plastics?
What makes cast iron baths so special?

Of course there is more than one simple answer, there are quite a few reasons and by knowing the differences between cast iron and its alternatives may well establish why some people and companies won’t accept any imitations and take a great deal of pride in cast iron baths.

When it comes to the bathroom nothing beats the heritage and charm of a Cast Iron Bath.
It’s hard to replicate the authentic bathing experience that comes from using a free-standing bath made from genuine cast iron and lined with true vitreous enamel.

So what makes that so?

Firstly, cast iron is a solid and very hardy material, made in a time-honoured and labour intensive process - it’s this very attribute and hard wearing nature that leads it to be significantly longer lasting than acrylic or plastic counterparts.

It wouldn’t be uncommon for a cast iron bath to outlast several generations! I’m sure you’ve seen the odd very old cast iron bath being used in fields for animal feed/water troughs- whilst we think this is quite sad in many respects, it also serves to demonstrate their incredible longevity. If the good old British weather takes years and years to render one pretty much useless, imagine how long one would last if it’s looked after and cared for?

Check our Part 2 soon, or in Februrary's edition of ADF.