There’s nothing like enjoying a personal swimming pool in the privacy and convenience of your own backyard. And with the sweltering heat Tulsa summers bring, what could be more refreshing than a cool dip in a pool? For those with children and grandchildren, pools offer the advantage of physical activity and fun at your fingertips. Family memories of barbeques and pool parties last a lifetime, so if you’re contemplating investing in a pool, be sure to consider the opportunities they offer to seize the day and embrace memorable moments with family and friends in the comfort of your backyard.
When in the market for a swimming pool, the two main choices before you are:
- 1. Should we invest in an inground pool or above ground pool?
2. Should we invest in a salt water pool or chlorinated pool?
Here are some things to consider as you decide on installing either a salt water pool or a chlorinated pool:
Pros of Salt Water Pools
- Salt water pools may cost more initially, but they are less expensive to maintain than chlorinated pools. Here are some details about the beauty of choosing a salt water pool for your backyard:
- Salt water is a healthier type of water in which to swim. It isn’t harsh on the eyes, skin, or hair-like chlorine is.
- Salt water pools provide increased safety for families. They don’t require you to purchase toxic chemicals and pour them into your pool regularly, so you skip being exposed to toxic fumes during your weekly routine.
- Salt water pools use a generator to control pool water. The generator actually converts salt into chlorine through a process called electrolysis.
- Salt water pools maintain healthy chlorine levels automatically.
- Although the initial costs for salt water pools are greater, with their low operational costs, there is an abundant return on your investment.
- The operational costs of salt water pools are low since pool salt is inexpensive and recycles itself in the generator for sustained time periods.
Cons of Salt Water Pools:
- The initial investment is greater than that of a chlorine pool due to the price of the salt water pool generator.
- The generator requires electricity, which may run 12 hours a day in the summer. This increases your monthly utility bill during the summer months.
- Over time, a salt water pool’s generator cells need to be replaced. It’s best to check them several times a year and clean them if necessary.
- A salt water pool will need occasional shocking during the year.
- Salt water pools still have a low level of chemicals in them due to the generator-created chlorine.
- Salt water corrodes traditional pool equipment and linings. So, if you have an existing pool and want to make it into a salt water pool, you need to upgrade to salt-resistant parts and exteriors.
Pros of Chlorinated Pools
- The initial investment for a chlorinated pool is lower than a salt water pool.
- Since chlorine is put directly into the water, a chlorinated pool doesn’t need electricity to maintain the pool like a salt water pool does.
- The chlorinated pool won’t affect your summer utility bills like a salt water pool will.
- You have control over the use of chemicals in the chlorinated pool water.
- You only need basic equipment like pumps and filters for chlorinated pools.
- There are chemical controllers available for chlorinated pools to add and balance chlorine for you if you don’t want to do it manually each week.
Cons of Chlorinated Pools
- The ongoing cost to operate a chlorinated pool is greater than that of a salt water pool because chlorinated pools need chlorine added to them weekly.
- Chlorine has a strong effect on one’s hair, skin, and eyes.
- You have to shock a chlorinated pool much more often than a salt water pool.
- The weekly exposure to toxic chlorine products could affect one’s health over time.
As you decide the best option for your pool, consider these things:
- 1. Cost
2. Impact on health
3. Return on investment
4. Budget for initial investment
5. Budget for ongoing maintenance, chlorine, and shocking
If you are building a new inground backyard swimming pool, a salt water pool is the healthier option of the two. You can install salt-resistant features including a fiberglass lining.