When considering putting in a pool, it’s good to know the benefits and downfalls of putting in either a salt water or chlorine pool. You want to be sure you have the best fit for your personal lifestyle before you put something permanent into your home.
As the name entails, salt water pools use dissolved salt to purify and cleanse the pool water and sides. It is the pool owner’s responsibility to maintain the proper salt to water ratio. However, it is good to know that while the salt may dissolve, it never truly disappears, which is why the cost of salt is more expensive than chlorine. But despite the price difference, you could be saving money due to the longer lasting effect of salt. However, if you live in a place where it may rain a lot, the rain can seriously dilute the water, meaning you can spend more money on more salt. Despite popular belief, salt water pools don’t give you the feel of coming out of the ocean. The water will have a salty taste, but it’s not as overwhelming as the ocean.
Chlorinated pools involves a system that filters and chlorinates the pool to ensure it is clean and bacteria free. Chlorine pools can cost more overtime rather than at first due to the necessity to chlorinate the pool more frequently. However, chlorine can actually clear the pool of bacteria more efficiently. Chlorine pools can also be easier to operate. Chlorine can take about 24 to 48 hours to disperse in the water, whereas salt water can take anywhere from three to five days.
There is no definitive winner as to which type of pool is better for your needs. There are also health and personal issues that can come into your choice of which type of pool to install. Be sure to know all your facts before you invest your money in your pool.