Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pool
If you are thinking about adding a pool to your property, you will soon find you are a part of a hotly discussed dispute: whether you should choose saltwater or chlorine for your pool. It’s a debate that has been going on for a while, but honestly, there isn’t one side that is completely right or wrong. That’s because each of the two systems has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. You will have to consider the two and then make a decision based on your own situation as well as preferences.
Let’s take a look at both saltwater and chlorine pools so that you can get the information required to make your choice.
Instead of using the traditional chlorine tablets to keep the water clean and sanitary, saltwater pools use dissolved salt. Through an electrolysis method, the salt is broken down into smaller components and then added to the pool water itself. When you have this kind of pool, you will need to keep up with pH levels to ensure you have the right salt-to-water ratio. You will also need to add salt to your pool on a weekly or monthly basis depending on backwashing, rainwater, and lost water.
Once you have added the initial dose of salt to the swimming pool, you only need to maintain the same levels. The salt doesn’t evaporate or disappear so your initial cost will be higher than chlorine pools, but your maintenance costs will be lower.
The Advantages of Saltwater Pools
Of course, one of the main advantages would be that this type of pool costs less for regular maintenance and the overall cost will come out lower as well. Yes, the initial install cost is higher, but it will pay for itself in just a couple of years when compared to a chlorine pool.
Chlorine will still be present in your pool water because it is actually a byproduct of the salt you add in. However, just because of the way the system works, the levels of chlorine are much lower, which means the pools are safe for children and pets and will not sting your eyes. Additionally, it is not as damaging to your skin and hair as traditional chlorine can be.
As the most common type of swimming pool in existence today, chlorine pools are often favored when building a new pool. They are easy to operate and they include a system that filters the water without you having to do much work. Chlorine supplies are easy to find and are sold at almost any major retailer. With a chlorine pool, you will need to either add tablets of chlorine or use a pump that disburses the chlorine for you.
Additionally, you will need to test the water with a specialty kit and add more chlorine as needed. Rainwater, backwashing, and water loss will all affect how much chlorine you must add. Because of the need to purchase chlorine tablets on a regular basis, this type of pool can be more expensive in the long run.
The Advantages of a Chlorine Pool
There is good reason to believe that a chlorine pool will do a better job of destroying any bacteria that may be present in the water. With this type of pool, you can expect clear water in about 24 to 48 hours where a saltwater pool can take as much as five days. Since you can purchase a disbursement system, a chlorine pool can be easier to maintain as well.
The overall cost will depend on a number of factors. A saltwater pool is more expensive to set up but will cost less over the years. A chlorine pool is lower in cost for setup but will likely cost more in upkeep.
As you can see, there is no clear winner for this discussion. Your decision should be made based on what matters the most to you and what type of maintenance you want to put into the upkeep of your pool in the coming years. The pool professionals at Pleasure Pools have over 20 years of experience in designing and building chlorine and saltwater pools, and can help you decide which type of pool is best for you. Let us help you create an oasis that will give you and your family many years of enjoyment to come.