With so many myths and misinformation floating around the internet about saltwater vs. chlorine pools, we felt it was time to set the record straight for anyone considering installing a new in-ground or above ground pool. Here’s the straight story on the difference between saltwater pools and chlorine pools:
The most surprising fact about saltwater pools is they do NOT contain zero chlorine simply because they use sea water. Moreover. saltwater pools have nowhere near the salinity of seawater, nor are they completely chlorine-free. The term saltwater pool actually derives from the electrolysis process used by these pools to keep the water minimally chlorinated while eliminating unwanted contaminants.
Saltwater Pool Pros
- Less chlorine means less harsh effects on eyes and skin. If you or your family like to live in the pool during the summer, this is a major selling point.
- Saltwater pools have just enough chlorine to keep water disinfected, but not so much that the chlorine fades your swimwear or expensive swimming equipment.
- Require fewer chemical additives than chlorinated pools.
Saltwater Pool Cons
- Up front cost is more expensive than traditional chlorinated pools
- Water electrolysis systems are more complex and require specialized expertise for maintenance and repair
- Saltwater is harder on pool hardware, lights, fixtures, and liners
These are cheaper and easier to install, and all you need to do is make sure you add chlorine on the right schedule.
Chlorine Pool Pros
- Installing a chlorinated pool costs significantly less than a saltwater pool
- Chlorine pools draw less electricity and don’t require special cleaning hardware
- Chlorine pools don’t damage fixtures and hardware
- Repairing or maintaining a chlorinated pool is easy enough for most DIY homeowners to handle on their own.
Chlorine Pool Cons
- Chlorine exposure even when diluted in a swimming pool is hard on your eyes, skin and hair.
- Long term maintenance costs for a chlorine pool are higher, as is the amount of work you need to put in to keep the water bacteria and algae free.
- Chlorine additives need to be stored in moisture free environments to keep their active chemical components from degrading.
The Choice is Yours
What’s best for your new pool and budget? Chlorine pools possess greater long term costs and financial commitment, while saltwater pools require more money up front and carry the risk of expensive renovations and repairs in the future. Need advice and an estimate? Contact Economy Pool of Florida. We’ve been the Oldmar go-to source for pool installations and maintenance for years. Let us help you choose the best pool for your needs and budget, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with getting the best value for your money whether you choose a chlorine or saltwater pool.