Congratulations on getting a custom built pool! Now it’s time to choose which type of pool system you want to be installed, saltwater or chlorinated. Here is a list of pros and cons for each type, but regardless of which way you go, you’ll be joyfully swimming in your own backyard in no time.
Custom Pool – Saltwater
For comparison, a saltwater pool contains 10 times less salt than the ocean. It’s so low, that you can’t taste or smell the salt in your pool.
- There are no health risks.
- Saltwater is gentle on hair, skin, and eyes.
- It requires less added chemicals.
- Pool maintenance costs may be less expensive.
- Algae and cloudy water are less common.
- Swimsuits and pool toys will last longer and won’t fade.
- Saltwater is very soft.
- There won’t be any strong chlorine scent.
- Saltwater systems require a higher up-front investment.
- You may need to buy a specialized heater, lighting, and liner for saltwater use.
- Since salt can be corrosive, your pool will need to be regularly checked for signs of erosion and buildup.
- The chlorine generation doesn’t work as well during colder winter months.
- The equipment can sometimes be temperamental.
Custom Pool – Chlorinated
A chlorinated pool system uses the traditional method of daily testing and adding various chemicals to kill harmful microorganisms that can cause nasty health problems.
- A chlorine system is extremely effective at killing both bacteria and algae.
- The system is less expensive upfront to install.
- It’s easier to find a pool company who can treat and service your chlorine system.
- It won’t cause damage to your pool decks or furniture.
- There are associated health risks from chlorine when it is absorbed through the skin or breathed into the lungs.
- Side effects of chlorine include red and itchy eyes, skin irritation, and hair discoloration.
- It can be difficult and time-consuming to balance all the pool chemicals.
- Continually buying chlorine and stabilizers can get expensive.