A lot of people fantasize about adding a pool to their garden, especially if they have plenty of space and a nice climate to enjoy it with. But what a lot of people don’t know is that there tend to be two kinds of pools available: chlorine and salt water. Both are entirely safe to swim in, but they both come with their ups and downs. So, what should you consider if you’re thinking about going for a salt water pool?
Con: The initial cost
This is the biggest concern when fitting a pool. They can be pretty expensive already, but having a salt water pool means that you have to install a salt-water generator. The electrical costs of keeping the generator running are also well worth considering. If you do buy a generator, make sure you consider how many hours a day you should run in both summer and winter so you’re not wasting money. Consider the other financial factors of adding a pool, too. For instance, you might think it more worth it if you live in an area where adding a pool might increase your home’s value. Just be aware that sometimes a pool doesn’t add to it at all. Of course, chlorine pools come with their own running costs, often in the materials you need to maintain it.
Pro: More time to relax
As you might imagine, a pool that constantly generates its own chlorination through a salt generator won’t need as much regular maintenance as a chlorine pool. In fact, experts say that you only have to maintain a salt water pool once a year unless something unexpected effects it. Whereas, a chlorine pool is always going to need much more attention. You have to shock the pool every month or so to kill bacteria. You also have to keep adding more chlorine to deal with the fact that human use of the pool introduces chloramines that cause skin and eye irritation as well as producing that famous “chlorine smell” that you don’t want hanging around the garden. A single annual drain and fill up of a salt water pool compared to the near constant attention that chlorine pools need offer a clear advantage.
Deciding factor: Your garden has to be able to take it
Salt water in a pool is no real concern. However, it’s when that salt gets outside the pool that it can become a problem. A lot of porous materials are vulnerable to salt corrosion. If you’re installing a salt water pool, then it’s a good idea to consider advice from experts like BlueTerra Pool Construction to make sure that not only is the pool fit right. You also want to make sure that the garden environment around the pool isn’t susceptible to the corrosion of water splashed or tracked out of the pool.
If you can manage the expense and you’re sure corrosion isn’t going to be a major concern in your garden, then a salt water pool offers a lot of advantages. You just have to know what you’re taking on.