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The Difference Between Chlorine and Salt Water Pools

Having a backyard pool is a fabulous addition to your home and property. When you work with a custom pool builder, you have nearly endless options available for personalizing your pool space.

While you might already have a grand vision for what your pool area might look like after it gets completed, one of the most critical decisions you'll need to make is what kind of pool is best for you - saltwater or chlorine.

To help you decide which type of pool is right for you, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages to consider before contracting a pool builder:

Pros And Cons Of A Chlorine Swimming Pool

Generally, installing a chlorine swimming pool is less expensive to build and maintain. Once your water pump and floating system are in place, adding chlorine tablets to the system treats the water quickly and efficiently.

To maintain a healthy and safe pH level, you must keep the chlorine balance within a recommended range to treat the water and to prevent the growth of bacteria and algae. Generally, this means chemicals must get added every few days, although factors such as how much the pool gets used, outdoor temperatures, and rainfall could impact the schedule.

On the downside, chlorine pools can be harsh and have detrimental effects on swimmers' hair, eyes, and skin. It can cause dry skin, discolor light shades of hair, cause red or bloodshot eyes, damage swimsuits, and leave people smelling of pool chemicals.

Pros And Cons Of Saltwater Swimming Pools

Saltwater swimming pools utilize a generator to turn salt into natural chlorine. As such, saltwater pool owners don't need to add pool chemicals frequently to maintain healthy water. Numerous owners of saltwater swimming pools report the water feels velvety, making swimming more enjoyable.

Not surprisingly, the initial cost of installing a saltwater swimming pool is more expensive than a chlorinated counterpart, since this type of swimming pool requires installing a salt-chlorine generator. The price for this pool component can run anywhere between $1,500 to $2,500. Additionally, this part typically needs to get replaced every five to seven years. However, for many homeowners, the added cost of higher quality pool water is worth the extra expense.

You Dream It, We Build It!

If you're considering adding a new swimming pool to your property in the Rockwall, Texas, area, Hopkins Custom Pools is available to answer any questions and provide guidance on your project.

With years of experience building customized pools, outdoor living areas, and water features, we help create an outdoor oasis that's fun, functional, and adds more depth and character to your home.

For more information on our pool building services, get in touch with us today, and ask for a free estimate.

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