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Saltwater Pools vs Chlorine Pools

Salt water vs chlorine pools

It’s finally time to build your backyard oasis! Before you start designing and building, you should get a complete understanding of your options. Not only do shape, color, and size matter when designing your pool, but so does the type. The two types of pools you may consider are saltwater and chlorine. Deciding which will fit you best can be difficult if you do not know the pros and cons. Doing some initial research with Alpha Pools USA before making final decisions on your dream pool is crucial.

Saltwater Pool Benefits

  • Fewer Chemicals — Saltwater pools need fewer chemicals to keep them clean. With less chemicals in the water, you will experience minimal skin and eye irritation, and bathing suits will not fade from the bleach. This makes saltwater pools a great option for people who have sensitive skin.
  • Cost Efficiency — Although the initial cost is higher, you save money in the long run. Salt is significantly more affordable than chlorine tablets or liquid, and it is the primary ingredient in caring for a saltwater pool.
  • Ease of Maintenance — Saltwater pools will typically have a more consistent chlorine level due to the automated chlorine generator, making maintenance easy and minimal.
  • Reduced Chlorine Smell — Saltwater pools use a process called electrolysis. The salt added to the pool will be converted into chlorine through an electrochemical reaction. This method will always ensure a constant and controlled amount of chlorine in the pool. With less chlorine in the pool, there will be a reduced chemical smell.

Saltwater Pool Care Tips

  • Monitor salt levels regularly
  • Balance pH levels to prevent corrosion
  • Clean the generator cell regularly to prevent build-up
  • Rinse off afterward to reduce salt residue on the skin and bathing suits
  • Shock your pool every week
  • Clean your pool of debris every week

Chlorine Pool Benefits

  • Initial Costs — Upfront costs for a chlorine pool are more affordable than a saltwater pool, making them an excellent option for someone on a smaller budget.
  • Familiarity — Since chlorine pools are so popular, finding someone to repair, maintain, and clean them is easy and accessible. Supplies are also abundantly available online and in-store.
  • Flexibility in Maintenance — When it comes to regular at-home maintenance, there are different materials and tools that you can choose from. Since there are so many options, you have complete freedom in your preferred methods.
  • Noncorrosive — Compared to a saltwater pool, the chlorine will not eat away at the foundation of the items surrounding your pool. Meanwhile, saltwater pools erode the metal and natural stone around your pool over time.

Chlorine Pool Care Tips

  • Test chlorine level regularly and adjust levels when needed
  • Shock your pool weekly
  • Keep pH levels balanced to optimize the effectiveness of the chlorine
  • Use a pool cover when not using your pool
  • Shower before using your pool to reduce the chance of contaminants entering the pool
  • Shower after using your pool to get rid of excess chlorine that might irritate the skin

Build Your Backyard Oasis with Alpha Pools USA

Whether you choose a saltwater or chlorine pool, both offer unique benefits and disadvantages. To decide which one will work best for you, consider the size, shape, price range, and regular maintenance required. Once you have finalized these decisions, take them to the professionals. Alpha Pools USA is an excellent option for a tailored and personalized experience. Located in eastern Virginia, we can help make your dreams a reality.

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