November 29, 2022 by HQ Pools

Pools come in many different shapes, sizes, and even water types! The two main water types that people choose between are traditional chlorine and saltwater. Have ever wondered what the main differences are and which one is best for your pool? Keep reading!

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You might think that saltwater pools are similar to seawater and simulate the ocean but that’s far from accurate. They actually still contain chlorine! Saltwater pools use systems that create a process of electrolysis which produces just enough chlorine to disinfect the pool.


Saltwater pools use natural chlorine which means fewer chemicals are required to keep the pool sanitary. In turn, the less harsh chlorine won’t fade swimwear and other pool gear. For people with sensitive eyes or skin, saltwater can be a gentler alternative.


Saltwater pools are more expensive than traditional chlorinated ones and can be more complex when needing repairs. The initial investment for a saltwater pool is more expensive since you will need saltwater-specific lights, liners, masonry, etc.


Traditional chlorine pools are the popular option since they are less expensive to install and maintain. The chlorine is added to the pool in order to disinfect the water rather than being produced by a salt chlorinator.


Chlorine pools require a smaller initial investment and use less electricity making them more affordable. Repairs are simpler and do not require a salt-specific technician. Overall, chlorine pools are more approachable for the average pool owner.


The biggest issue most people have with chlorine pools is the harsh effects they can have on the skin, hair, and eyes. Chlorine pools also require more maintenance to keep the water sanitary. The chemicals need to be balanced properly and maintained.

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