If you're considering installing a pool, you will have some choices to make, like whether you want a saltwater pool vs. a chlorine pool. The main difference with these pool types involves the amount of maintenance and testing that needs to be done with the water. When you select a salt water pool, the generator inside the pool will maintain the chlorine levels for you, which means that the water won’t need to be tested as often. On the other hand, chlorine pools require you to manually add chlorine to the water on a weekly basis.
The biggest myth surrounding saltwater pools is that they contain zero chlorine because the water comes from the sea.
But the truth may surprise you.
Saltwater pools don’t even come close to seawater. In fact, they aren’t even chlorine-free. Saltwater pools use a process called “electrolysis” to produce just enough chlorine to disinfect the water.
Lower chlorine levels make saltwater pools gentler on skin and eyes. This is a great choice if the pool is to be used by young children and athletes who are immersed for long periods of time.
Chlorine levels in saltwater pools are enough to disinfect, but not enough to fade expensive swimwear and gear.
Because of the natural chlorine, saltwater pools require fewer chemicals (and less attention) compared to chlorinated pools.
A saltwater pool is more expensive than a traditional pool because it requires a higher initial investment.
Compared to chlorinated pools, a saltwater pools system is more complex. Both minor and major repairs will call for the expertise of a licensed (and specialized) technician.
Saltwater can damage. You will need to purchase underwater lighting, heaters, fixtures, liners, and masonry work specific to saltwater pools. Which will end up being for costly when doing pool renovations.
Chlorine pools are popular because it’s cheaper to install and easier to maintain. Unlike its saltwater counterpart, chlorine is added rather than naturally produced.
The initial investment is less. Much less.
Chlorine pools use less electricity. Saltwater pools require a special salt chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine. Chlorine pools, on the other hand, merely require a pump (to circulate the water in your pool, which prevents dirt, bacteria, and algae from multiplying in the water), and cleaning equipment.
Chlorine is fixture-friendly.
Most repairs can be done DIY (do-it-yourself). Otherwise, finding someone to fix a chlorine pools systems won’t be a problem.
Chlorine is known to be harsh on the skin, eyes, and hair. Swimmers should invest in bath products that effectively remove chlorine. Can also be very harmful to any pool deck painting if you didn’t choose the correct paint.
Chlorine pools require constant vigilance to kill excess bacteria. This means that you need to check on chlorine content on a regular basis. In addition, other chemicals such as balancing agents, need to be added consistently. Bottom line: you need to up your budget to maintain a chlorine pool, and have someone habitually check on your pool’s chemical composition.
Chlorine has to be stored properly. You may have to dedicate an exclusive area free from moisture to keep components active.
Chlorine pools require a commitment to maintenance and balancing water with chemicals, whilst salt water pools require less time to maintain, but can require a larger investment up front. Saltwater pools will definitely save you time and money over time.
When deciding between a salt water pool vs chlorine pool, there is no right or wrong answer. You have to consider your budget and how much time you are willing to dedicate to the pool. Once you have those answers, the right choice may seem a little more obvious.
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