Wednesday, 2 March 2016

"The Cast Iron Bath Revival" - Part 2

As Featured in February 2016 Issue of Architects Data File:

Last time we spoke about the virtues of cast iron baths and some of the properties.
Here we continue to explore what makes cast iron so unique:

Compared to acrylic and plastic baths, cast iron is incredibly damage resistant. Indeed we firmly believe that it would take a concerted and determined effort to chip or mark cast iron, let alone break or permanently alter or damage the integrity of a cast iron bath.

A quick search for (sacrilegious) videos online, will throw up a few removal videos and they perfectly show how much effort is required to break a cast iron tub, and, what’s more, that’s with large sledge hammers, determination and brute force! Certainly not for the faint hearted!

The damage resistance means also means the bath will appear newer for longer instead of being susceptible to looking tired or in need of a repair or a facelift. How many times have you seen certain products that despite relative structural integrity and longevity, develop a beaten up or worn-out appearance that weakens the entire aesthetic or overall effect?

Thirdly, the maintenance of a cast iron bath is relatively minimal, a quick wipe with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth is all that is required to prevent the build-up of mineral deposits, or to remove any soap/bathing product residue, that’s it, and this is usually all that is required after use.

Finally, the thermal dynamic properties or heating aspects of a cast iron bath serve to reinforce the aforementioned positive points.
Certainly the case with newer ‘repro’ baths, the use of better production methods and smarter casting technology have resulted in higher grade material, greater efficiency, better reliability and a higher level of insulation than that found in other types of baths.
A cast iron bath retains the heat for longer than non-metal alternatives, therefore producing a ‘hotter-for-longer’ bathing experience and in the midst of winter you can’t wish for anything better than a hot tub to soak in for hours and hours.

In Conclusion…

A Cast Iron bath is more than a product, it’s a design icon, it’s historic, it’s versatile, it’s pragmatic and economical and, what’s probably its crowning glory, it’s a sound investment.