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Should I Get Saltwater or Chlorinated Pools?

Posted By  
25/05/2021
11:31 AM

Both chlorinated and saltwater pools have their own unique features that make them great. If you are on the fence, you are definitely not the only one. In this blog post, we will discuss which option is the best by comparing the advantages and disadvantages of both saltwater and chlorinated pools.

Saltwater Pools

It is a common misconception that salt water does not contain chlorine because the water comes from the sea. But the reality may come as a shock to you. Saltwater is not free of chlorine and is not even relatively close to seawater. Saltwater pools are designed with a method called electrolysis that produces sufficient chlorine to sterilise the water in the pool.

Pros

  • Saltwater pools require less attention and fewer chemicals compared to chlorinated pools.
  • Since the level of chlorine is lower, the water feels gentler on the eyes and skin. A saltwater pool is a good option if the swimming pool is for young kids or athletes who remain in the water for longer periods.
  • The amount of chlorine in salt water is sufficient to sterilise it but not sufficient to fade costly gear and swimwear.

Cons

  • Saltwater can cause financial damage to a certain extent. You will have to purchase heaters, underwater lining, liners, fixtures, and masonry work according to the needs of saltwater pools, which will become even more costly during pool renovations.
  • The initial cost of investment for a saltwater pool system is higher, which makes it far more expensive than a chlorinated pool.
  • A saltwater pool structure is more complex than a traditional pool. You will eventually have to call an expert (and licensed) professional for big or small repairs.

Chlorine Pools

Chlorine pools are more common because they are easy to maintain and a lot cheaper to repair. Unlike saltwater pools, chlorine is added to the water rather than producing it naturally for disinfection.

Pros

  • Chlorine pools require less use of electricity. This is because saltwater pools require a specific generator to transform salt into chlorine. Chlorine pools only require a pump to mix the water that also prevents algae, dirt, and bacteria from reproducing in the water.
  • Most repairs and maintenance for chlorinated pools can be done manually DIY (Do-It-Yourself). However, finding a technician to fix the chlorine system is also not a problem.
  • The initial cost to purchase and install a chlorinated pool is far less compared to saltwater pools.

Cons

  • Chlorine requires proper storage. You will most likely have to dedicate a different area that is moisture-free to keep components active.
  • Chlorine can be quite tough on the eyes, hair, and skin. You will have to additionally buy expensive bath products that can remove chlorine.
  • Chlorine pools require continuous attentiveness to get rid of bacteria. So you will have to keep an eye on the amount of chlorine on a regular basis.

The traditional chlorine pooling system has been around for decades, and it is less expensive, which makes it an ideal choice for most people. However, the choice is completely yours. For more information regarding quality pools, please contact us here.