Most people are familiar with chlorine on some level because most cities add it to the water supply.  Every shower you take and every glass of water you drink from the tap gets you more familiar.  Most people are also familiar with salt water. People take salt water baths to soothe tired muscles or they go for a dip in the salty water at the beach. Of course, salt water pools are more natural. So, which is the better pool? Would you prefer a chlorine or salt water swimming pool? Some pool owners prefer the chlorine pools because they are cleaner and neutralize the bacteria that can accumulate. Others prefer the salt water swimming pools because they are supposedly chemical free.

The truth is that salt water pools also have a degree of chlorine added to kill bacteria. After discovering that the salt can be destructive, many owners’ that previously changed to a salt water swimming pool are going back to the chlorine based swimming pools. The salts can their pool, concrete, and even the deck surrounding the pool. Others found that the salt water pools damaged the pool equipment as well as outdoor furniture located near the pool. Chlorine pools require more maintenance and cleaning, which means you have to take time from your busy schedule.  Or you can hire a professional pool cleaning service to handle this chore, but this will cost you money.

Chlorine pools have been the standard for a long time, but increasingly, people are switching to saltwater pools. You might be next. If that is the case, you should know the pros and cons to owning a saltwater pool before you make the switch. It is important to remember that you should try to compare saltwater pools and chlorine pools rather than try to prove that a saltwater pool is perfect, because nothing is perfect. However, saltwater pools have some clear advantages over their chlorine pool counterparts, but in the end it comes down to personal preference.  So long as you are armed with information, you can make the best decision.  There are a number of advantages to saltwater pools that outweigh the challenges associated with them.

Skin Health

The number one reason given for switching to saltwater pools is worries over what chlorine does to your skin. It is important to understand that you are still swimming in chlorine even with saltwater pools. The difference is that the chlorine forms naturally due to the saltwater pool’s environment. Does this mean both pools are unhealthy? Based on the available evidence, this does not seem to be the case. Saltwater pools really are better for skin health because they seem to have the right balance of salt. Since saltwater is more natural, it makes sense that you can swim in these pools for long periods of time without damaging your skin or hair. Chlorine is notorious for damaging hair, skin, and swimwear and this is less of a concern with saltwater pools.

Durability

Saltwater can have corrosive effects on any of the surrounding metallic areas of the pool. This means that you will need to maintain the ladder, metal chairs, the metal sections of the pool, and the railings in a different way. For the most part, you just need to give these items a little extra attention and a frequent wipe down.   You also need to make sure that you keep all metal sections maintained regularly to avoid the corrosive effects of the saltwater. The corrosive effects of the saltwater can indeed have a negative effect on the durability of a saltwater pool. However, this shouldn’t matter so long as you are careful and regularly maintain the pool area. Continually running the filter of a saltwater pool will contribute substantially to the pool maintenance. Most of the issues associated with saltwater pools are actually caused by people failing to keep the filter on when it necessary. If you have a saltwater pool, proper maintenance includes leaving the filter on all the time.

Cost

One of the top reasons people opt against getting a saltwater pool is because of the potential cost. It is possible to shop around for a good deal, but ultimately you should expect to pay a decent amount. A typical change from a chlorine pool to a saltwater one runs close to two thousand dollars.  If you are interested in saving money, a saltwater pool could still be the answer in the long run. You will no longer have to add chlorine and other expensive chemicals all the time.  You will have to add the salt, of course, but this is much cheaper than typical pool chemicals.

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