At North American Home Services, we’ve seen firsthand people are increasingly choosing to move or invest in their current homes. Of the major home improvements projects, people like to update bathrooms, kitchens, and office spaces. Outdoors, people go for landscaping, decks, and pools. When it comes to pools, homeowners often debate whether to choose saltwater vs chlorine pools. In this article, we review the pros and cons of each.
First, let’s be clear. No pool is chlorine-free. The difference lies in saltwater’s ability to generate natural chlorine, whereas traditional chlorine pools rely on man-made chemicals. With that understanding, we can begin with an overview of saltwater pools, which achieve chlorination through a salt-chlorine generator.
You may be familiar with how chlorine pools operate, but it bears repeating. Homeowners purchase chlorine buckets or tablets and manually add them. Additionally, pool owners regularly test the water chemistry, add, and adjust the chlorine accordingly. In terms of cost, you spend about as much money on purchasing a season’s worth of chlorine as you do on a new saltwater generator.
When it comes to saltwater vs. chlorine pools, both do a fine job keeping the pool clean. However, saltwater pools cost less over the lifespan of the pool, require less maintenance, and provide a nice swimming experience. Moreover, the water doesn’t irritate the skin or eyes, and it doesn’t fade swimsuits and other materials. If you have a pool in Sacramento and would like a pool inspection, contact us at (916) 481-0268. We can also help with homebuyer inspections, pest inspections, and more.