Many people who set out to purchase and install a pool often times find themselves faced with a challenging question – do I go with a saltwater pool or a chlorine pool?  The folks here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes want to share some important facts with all our valued clients about both saltwater, and chlorine pools in an effort to help you with that all-important decision making.

Saltwater Pool Facts

More times than not you hear people say that a salt water pool is not as healthy and good for you as a chlorinated pool because they lack the presence of chlorine in the water.  This could not be farther from the truth.  A saltwater pool engages in the process of electrolysis that produces sufficient amounts of chlorine needed to disinfect and keep the pool water clean and healthy.

There are a number of advantages to investing in a saltwater pool beginning with the simple fact that since they have lower chlorine levels, the water in the pool is a whole lot gentler and easier on your eyes and skin and will definitely not fade your summer attire.  If you have children in your family, then this may be the number one reason why you choose a saltwater pool to protect their health.

Additionally, since they present with natural chlorine, these pools need less chemicals and even a lot less maintenance than your typical chlorine pools.  On the downside, however, a saltwater pool is more expensive than a chlorine pool and is a bit more complex as well.  When you choose to purchase a saltwater pool it is necessary to also purchase underwater lighting, fixtures, heaters, liners and even specialized masonry work that is specific to this type of pool.   

Chlorine Pool Facts

Chlorine pools tend to be favored by many homeowners because they are much cheaper to install and easier to maintain.  The chlorine in these pools, contrary to the naturally produced chlorine in saltwater pools, is simply added as needed.   The advantages of a chlorine pool are many.  To begin with, chlorine pools use much less electricity and energy than saltwater pools which are equipped with a salt chlorine generator that converts the salt into the needed chlorine.  Chlorine pools use cleaning equipment and a simple pump to circulate the water in the pool and help to prevent dirt, algae and bacteria from accumulating in the water. 

Additionally, if you are a do-it-yourselfer, in most instances repairs needed to your chlorine pool can be easily accomplished and if you prefer not to perform your own repairs chlorine pool maintenance personnel are abundant. 

The downside to a chlorine pool is that the amount of chlorine needed in the pool water can actually cause irritation to the skin, hair and eyes and can also be quite harmful to the overall appearance and health of your pool deck area.  It is also necessary to constantly stay atop of cleaning and maintaining the water in your efforts to kill bacteria and keep the water safe.  This task in and of itself requires a good deal of time to consistently check the chlorine content of the pool on a routine basis.  And let’s not forget about all the other balancing chemicals that need to be regularly added to your chlorine pool water.   The cost can be somewhat extreme for all the chemicals needed and the time almost excessive in the required care and maintenance of the pool and the monitoring of its chemical presence.    

To sum it up, a chlorine pool requires more attention and commitment than a saltwater pool though the latter is costlier despite the fact that it is less expensive to clean over time.    We hope these important facts will help you choose the ideal pool for you and we want to remind you that here at Harpeth Valley Hardscape we specialize in customized pool styles, designs and installations and are on hand to help you with all your decision making. 


Summer is definitely here, and if installing a new saltwater pool or chlorine pool in your backyard paradise is part of your summer plan, then we are the team for you.  Give a shout out to one of our team and schedule your free consultation today!

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