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Salt Water Pool vs. Chlorine Pool: An Honest Comparison

Anybody that’s owned a pool knows that it can be difficult to choose between a salt water pool or a chlorine pool. There are pros and cons to each, and while either will do on a hot summer day, filling your own pool for the season requires that you make a decision. So which is the right way to go? That depends entirely on your preferences and values as a pool owner. Here’s a rundown of what each option has to offer.

Salt Water Pools

Benefits of Salt Water Pools

In our experience here at Sunset Pools & Spas, people who prefer salt water pools love that the chlorine levels are so much lower, which means their skin doesn’t dry out as quickly and the smell of chemicals washes off much more easily in a post-swim shower.

Also, depending on how long you plan on keeping the pool, it could prove to be more cost-efficient over time. Salt water pools work because salt water generators use chemical electrolysis to minimize chlorine in the pool, and while those generators require a higher up-front cost, they can be more cost efficient than constantly buying chemicals over the years.

Salt water pools stay cleaner, as well, in large part because those generators run so often to keep them that way, but they are much easier to clean as a result.

Potential Drawbacks of Salt Water Pools

The up-front cost of a salt water generator is, admittedly, much pricier than the chemicals you’d use in a chlorine pool, to say nothing of the utility costs that come with running a generator for up to 12 hours a day during pool season.

Furthermore, the salt can be corrosive to certain pool liners and pool lights, but those issues can be avoided simply by purchasing liners and lights in the first place that are designed specifically for salt water pools.

Chlorine Pools

Benefits of Chlorine Pools

First and foremost, chlorine pools are more inexpensive, especially from the outset, not only in terms of not having to purchase the aforementioned generator, but also in terms of energy savings. Saving money, frankly, would be the strongest argument for going with a chlorine pool.

Potential Drawbacks of Chlorine Pools

Consequently, keeping chlorine pools clean is not as easy as salt water pools. The pH balance of a chlorine pool can go wonky with little warning, which means it takes a lot more effort and diligence to make sure the water doesn’t go green and the filters don’t get clogged up with algae.

Furthermore, excess chlorine can seriously dry out a swimmer’s skin and hair, while also occasionally causing some eye irritation. This is because there are more chemicals in the pool water, which works for keeping the water safe to use, but doesn’t always do hair and skin many favors.

Contact a Swimming Pool Expert

Whichever type of pool you ultimately decide to choose for your home, we are happy to get you all set up here at Sunset Pools & Spas. Both chlorine pools and salt water pools will cool you off on the hottest days of the year, but the decision as to which works best for you is entirely up to your budget and lifestyle!



Controlling the Costs of Building an Inground Pool

It’s probably obvious that building a swimming pool is not a cheap endeavor. From building permits to construction expenses to regular maintenance, there are many costs for homeowners to keep in mind when evaluating the expense of adding a swimming pool to their yard.

According to an article on, there are a variety of cost considerations that accompany a pool construction project, and some of these factors are non-negotiable. For example, you may not be able to control the cost of a building permit or how much your homeowner’s insurance may change once the pool is complete. However, there are still some areas that can help you to have some control over the amount of the final bill.

Daniel Bortz’s article from, “Swimming Pool Prices: Know How Much Before You Dive In,” lists a bunch of potential swimming pool expenses that are labelled as “extras.” These can include add-ons, such as diving boards, fancy lighting for evening lounging, or the addition of a spa. While they are nice-to-have features for any swimming pool, they are not mandatory, and can add to the grand total of your construction bill.

Installing a saltwater pool versus a pool that uses chlorine can also help to save on expenses. Chlorine pools require a lot of maintenance, which costs homeowners more than the cash in their wallets—it also costs them in time, as chlorine systems need to be monitored regularly.

Additionally, even small factors, such as the size or materials used to build the pool will impact the cost of pool construction.

While there are some pool construction costs that may be out of your control, remember that as the homeowner, you have the ability to set the parameters regarding what you want to spend. Keeping the above in mind, it is possible to help influence the final costs of building an inground pool in your yard.


Celebrating Healthy and Safe Inground Pools

Happy National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week!

This week marks the 12th year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will promote health and safety in swimming pools.

Encouraging Safe Swimming Environments

Although swimming pools—both public and private—are recreational structures designed for fun and relaxation, they can also invite infection or lead to injury if not cared for properly.

This piece of information should not discourage you from swimming or enjoying your own inground pool—in fact, it should promote the opposite, encouraging swimmers and pool owners alike to push for the safest and cleanest swimming environment possible.

Taking Proper Precaution

According to the CDC, there are several precautions swimmers—and even caregivers of younger swimmers—can take to ensure they are stepping (or diving) into a sanitary and safe swimming environment:

  • Check chlorine and bromine levels with test strips.
  • Ensure you can see the pool’s drain in the deep end. The water should be clear enough to detect any swimmer in the water at that depth.
  • Make sure the drain covers appear secure, so swimmers don’t get caught in them.
  • Make sure there is a lifeguard on duty.

These tips from the CDC can apply to public pools; however, they can also apply to any private or home inground pool, as they are no less susceptible health and safety dangers—especially if neglected.

Be Proactive

Regular cleaning and maintenance are important for sustaining a secure and sanitary swimming environment—and we’ve mentioned this before. In honor of National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, and prior to opening your pool for the summer, be sure to put a regular cleaning and maintenance plan in place and to inspect your pool for any potential dangers.