Saltwater pools are becoming increasingly popular. This type of pool isn’t the same as swimming in sea water. In fact, water in a saltwater pool only has about 10 percent of the saline content of seawater. Saltwater pools use electrolysis to create a small amount of chlorine to disinfect the pool water, much less chlorine than is used in a traditional swimming pool. However, a saltwater pool isn’t the right choice for everyone. It’s wise to weigh the benefits of each type of pool before making your final decision.
The benefits of a saltwater pool
- Gentler on skin and eyes. Because saltwater pools don’t need chlorine to keep them clean, the water is gentler to a person’s skin and eyes.
- No chemical handling. It’s also safer to not have to handle and store hazardous chemicals like chlorine.
- Less maintenance. Chlorine is also harsh to the liner, drains, and sides of a traditional pool. By opting for a saltwater pool, you’ll likely have less frequent maintenance and repair bills. You also won’t have to test and add chemicals daily.
The benefits of a chlorine swimming pool
- Less expensive. Saltwater pools are generally significantly more expensive than chlorine swimming pools. In addition to the initial investment, saltwater pools use more electricity to operate than traditional pools.
- Less expensive repairs. Although saltwater pools generally require fewer repairs than traditional pools, those repairs are usually more expensive, since they require the services of a pool technician that’s skilled in that type of pool.
- Less damage to masonry and plants. The saline content in a saltwater pool can damage plants around your pool (that may get splashed by the pool water) as well as your drains and masonry.
To learn more about choosing what type of swimming pool is best for you and your family, contact Unique Pools, Spas, and Billiards at 407-296-6776. We have more than 30 years of experience in helping Florida residents like you with their swimming pool needs.