Whether you’re considering installing a new pool or you’re pondering converting your chlorine pool to a salt water system, it’s important to understand what owning a saline pool entails. From sanitization and swimming comfort to ongoing maintenance requirements and setup costs, there are several factors to consider before you opt for saltwater over chlorine. The experts at Royal Pool & Spa explain the pros and cons of installing a salt water pool system below.
Advantages Of Salt Water Pool System Installation
Though chlorine pools are historically a more popular option, saltwater pool systems have recently surged in popularity because they offer homeowners and commercial property owners a few distinct advantages. They include:
● Easier maintenance. Maintaining a salt water pool is considerably less involved than maintaining a chlorine pool. Because a salt system is designed to convert salt into chlorine to sanitize the water naturally, you don’t need to test, measure, and add chlorine to your pool constantly. Though you still need to test and add other pool chemicals on a routine basis, a salt water system is far more efficient at maintaining sanitized, safe swimming water. Keep in mind that salt water pools do contain chlorine; the concentration is simply lower than that in a standard, chlorinated pool.
● More enjoyable swimming experience. Because salt water pools contain a lower concentration of chlorine, many people find they offer a more comfortable swimming experience. Though the water contains salt, it’s not as salty as you might imagine, and that salt makes the water softer feeling than the water in a chlorinated pool. Because the saline content more closely mimics human tears, swimmers tend to experience less skin, eye, and respiratory irritation.
● Low chemical costs. Since salt does not evaporate as chlorine does, the cost of chemicals to maintain a saline pool is much more affordable. Adding salt a few times during pool season is far cheaper than repeatedly adding chemicals throughout the summer.
Drawbacks of Salt Water Pool System Installation
Though saline pools come with distinct benefits, they’re not without a few disadvantages too. Before you opt for salt water pool system installation, consider the following potential drawbacks:
● Initial setup costs. The initial cost of installing a salt water pool is higher than that of installing a chlorine pool, but most homeowners find the expense manageable. If you’re converting an existing chlorine pool to a saline system, there may also be compatibility differences between the systems, which will necessitate new parts installation too. Your pool renovation technician can give you a cost estimate so you know what to expect before installing the system.
● Higher repair costs. Because salt water pools are more complex than their chlorinated counterparts, pool repairs almost always require the expertise of a trained professional.
● Specific equipment is required. Because salt water pools (obviously) contain salt, they’re subject to more corrosion than chlorinated pools. As such, you may need to avoid using specific materials and parts that may be more vulnerable to salt-related deterioration.
Considering a Salt Water Pool? Contact Royal Pool & Spa
If you’re considering installing a salt water pool on your property, get in touch with our team at Royal Pool & Spa so we can advise you on the best options for your unique needs. We specialize in a wide variety of pool renovation, repair, and maintenance services for homeowners and commercial property owners and have proudly served the Twin Cities area since 1988. To request a quote, schedule an appointment, or learn more about our services, contact our White Bear Lake, MN office today at 651-779-7606 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.