We’ve entered the wonderful warm seasons and it’s time to head outside! Thinking about finally installing or updating your backyard pool? Consider the pros and cons of a salt water pool (Spoiler alert: We think the pros outweigh the cons!)
Salt Water Pools are Healthier
As sustainability-focused designers and builders, we’re always seeking new ways to go green, minimize chemicals, and promote healthy living.
Going chlorine free certainly has its benefits: Salt water pools are easier on skin, hair, nails, and your eyes. The salt also softens the water which makes it so much more relaxing while you’re swimming!
Costs of Salt Water Pools
Salt water pools will cost you more upfront, but good news for long-term planners: They are easier and less expensive to maintain overtime, compared to traditional chlorine pools.
With that said, they are not completely chemically-free. The salt does actually produce a small amount of chlorine, itself–enough to minimize ongoing maintenance. Salt water pools also require more electricity to maintain them, so your operating costs will likely be higher.
And because salt water pools are more complicated than traditional pools, if maintenance is needed, you’re going to want to call in a specialist or technician, rather than your run-of-the-mill pool boy.
A Note on Building Materials
Salt is corrosive, so you need to be sure that materials made to build pool are able to withstand. Additionally, the same applies to any tile or surface surrounding the pool.
Another element to consider is the salt’s impact on any surrounding plants: There are actually a number of areas which prohibit the installation of residential salt water pools because of the water’s ability to dissolve nutrients in soil. Be sure to check that you’re in the clear!