Q: My wife and I want to change our bathtub for a walk-in shower stall. I’m a larger man and enjoy the feeling of a very solid floor when I shower. I would like your thoughts about installing a cast iron shower base with tile walls. Is cast iron still a good material choice for new bathroom remodeling jobs?
A: Not only is cast iron still a good material choice for plumbing fixtures, it has also become known as a good green building material because most cast iron contains recycled materials.
Another advantage with a cast iron shower base is you can have that heavy-duty solid feeling shower floor without going through the traditional work of installing a custom shower pan with concrete and tile. Cast iron resists chipping, bending and cracking, and many manufacturers now include shower base sizes to fit the space of a standard bathtub.
There are now many color and style choices. Remember, it is called “cast iron,” so depending on the shower base size it can be a heavy/bulky material to move into the bathroom area.
Bottom line: You can cast your fears into the wind if you choose cast iron for your shower base.