Pros and Cons of a Saltwater Pool Conversion

Many homeowners love the idea of having a pool in their own backyard, but they feel apprehensive about chlorinated water for one reason or another. A saltwater pool can be more enjoyable to swim in and it can evoke the feeling of a day at the beach, swimming in the ocean. It is possible to convert your pool from chlorine water to saltwater. The question is whether it’s worth it for you. To come to that answer, let’s break down the pros and cons of a saltwater pool conversion:




PRO: Fewer Chemicals Needed

All swimming pools need chlorine as a way of cleaning themselves so that you can enjoy them throughout the summer. Saltwater systems actually convert salt to chlorine, which removes the hassle of adding chlorine to the pool each day. This is especially convenient if you have a concrete pool. You will still need to do a weekly test of the water chemicals to be safe, however.


CON: Chlorine Generator Required

For a saltwater pool conversion, you’ll need a chlorine generator. This is what helps to convert the salt into chlorine to make for a safer, cleaner swimming pool experience. Chlorine generators can cost hundreds of dollars to purchase and further hundreds to install. Consider, though, that you won’t need to constantly buy chlorine to add into the pool in order to make up the chemical levels.


PRO: More Pleasant to Swim In

When you think of saltwater pools, don’t imagine saltwater like the ocean. The level of salt is milder, and the water feels considerably softer than chlorinated pools. It makes for a more comfortable swimming experience, is easier on your eyes, and won’t have that lingering smell that can come with chlorinated pools.


CON: Higher Energy Costs

Your chlorine generator will need electricity to run, and you’ll be running it regularly in order to keep your pool in shape. This will be sure to raise your energy costs, compared to a chlorinated pool. If you’re going for energy efficiency, a chlorinated pool might be a better option.


PRO: Less Regular Maintenance

Chlorine pools require regular maintenance, especially adding chlorine to the pool to keep the pH levels of the water where they should be. On the other hand, saltwater pools require just an occasional test of the water’s chemical levels in terms of regular maintenance. If you have a busy lifestyle or you’re not interested in regular pool maintenance, this might be the way to go.


CON: More Repairs

On the other hand, your saltwater pool will likely need more repairs over time. Salt is a corrosive material, and over time it will start to wear down the metal parts of your pool. This means you may find yourself frequently replacing parts of your pool. You’ll still need to eventually replace parts with chlorinated pools, but it likely won’t be as often.


At the end of the day, saltwater pools make for a more pleasant swimming experience and lower regular maintenance, but they are a steeper investment and one that may require more repairs. Which is the right choice for you? Contact Donnelly Pools LLC to order your pool today.

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