Everyone has their preferences. Fortunately, for many, plenty of options are available for your backyard pool! You can choose from a zero-depth entry for leisurely wading or a deep end for surprise cannon balls. You can select from a rectangle-style pool for swimming laps or an oval-style pool for fun summer poolside events. In addition to size, shapes, activities, and outdoor living accessories, you can choose a water sanitization method that best suits you and your family’s needs. Let’s discuss the two most common types of pools: Saltwater & Chlorine.
The Difference Between Saltwater & Chlorine Pools
Saltwater pools simply mean using a “salt chlorinator” on your pool instead of manually adding chlorine. A salt chlorinator (a salt system or saltwater chlorine generator) is a simple and ingenious electronic device that does a straightforward task for your pool – it creates free chlorine. One thing that you may or may not have heard from those around you who have salt pools is how salty and silky the water is. This is because the salt chlorinator system actually improves the water’s quality and gets rid of chloramines. This means those who have not been able to experience a pool due to skin sensitivities can now enjoy the pool without worrying!
Chlorine is a chemical sanitizer that typically comes in either tablet, powder, or liquid form, which is then prepped and added to your swimming pool to keep your pool water clean and safe. Once chlorine is added to your water, it forms a new substance called ‘hydrochloric acid,’ which disables harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic dangers.
Both options fight against everything from:
- Micro-organisms carrying diseases such as cholera, hepatitis A, and dysentery
- Poo, pee, sweat, saliva, and dirt from other people swimming in the pool
- Dirt and debris from the wider environment
- Any growth and spread of algae
Advantages & Disadvantages of Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools
- The lighter load of chlorine is gentler on the skin, eyes, swimsuits, hair, and more
- Many people dislike the smell of traditional chlorine pools; salt water does not have the same heavy chemical scent
- No need to buy chlorine, thus saving you money in the long run
- They are standard for a reason. Chlorine is widely available and is cheaper to install than that of saltwater pools
- Maintenance help is easy to find
- Chlorine is a very effective sanitizer and will not damage pool decks and furniture.
- The salt in saltwater pools can speed up the erosion of the pool
- A pool care associate or professional must check on and clean salt chlorine generators regularly. The generator is one more mechanical piece that can break or need replacing.
- They can cause dry skin, red eyes, bleached swimwear, and irritated noses, throats, or lungs.
- You must keep chlorine products on hand, which cost more than pool-grade salt
- Chlorine may cause a strong smell, especially if you have an indoor pool
The Choice is Yours!
That’s part of what it means to be a pool owner: you can tailor your swim to your preferences, from shape, size, activities, and outdoor living accessories.
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