The Great Pool Debate

  • Bianca Ungerman
  • 06/28/19
 
It's often debated amongst homeowners...do we go with the classic chlorine pool, or opt for the newer saline? The truth is both have their advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately it boils down to preference. While we can't decide for you, we have laid out the facts to make your research a little easier.


A saltwater pool uses a salt chlorine generator. This means that instead of adding chlorine to the pool water, you add salt, and the generator converts it to chlorine.

Pros
 
  1. Lower chlorine levels make saltwater pools better for more sensitive swimmers (such as children or athletes)
  2. Lower chlorine levels also prevent fading swimwear & gear. 
  3. Saltwater pools require fewer chemicals (and less attention) compared to chlorinated pools
Cons
 
  1. Higher initial investment in buying a salt chlorine generator.
  2. Due to their complexity,  both minor and major repairs will call for a licensed technician
  3. Saltwater damages, so you will need to buy special underwater lighting, heaters, fixtures, liners, and masonry work specific to saltwater pools. 
 

Chlorine Pools

Pros
 
  1. The initial investment is significantly less
  2. Chlorine pools use less electricity- they merely require a pump and basic cleaning equipment.
  3. Chlorine won't damage your fixtures- most repairs are easy enough to do yourself. At the very least, you won't need a specialized technician to fix. 
Cons
 
  1. Chlorine is harsh on the skin, eyes, and hair. 
  2. Chlorine pools require  constant vigilance to kill excess bacteria. 
  3. Chlorine has to be stored properly. You may have to dedicate an exclusive area free from moisture to keep components active. 


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