Cool water, splashing kids, a relaxing swim, parties, fun, great memories, night-time relaxation. These are all things you think  of when some mentions a swimming pool.

Then comes the inevitable question, “Is the pool chlorine or salt water?”

One of the  biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to your backyard pool is deciding whether you should go with salt water or chlorine. And, if you ask 20 people, you might get a multitude of answers..

In this article, we break it down for you and give you an answer to the question, “Which is better: chlorine or salt?” And, the answer just might surprise you.

Before we get into the pros and cons, it’s worth noting that the two most common ways to sanitize your pool are:

  • Using chlorine tablets – chlorine pool
  • Using chlorine generators  – saltwater pool.

Now, let’s get to the pros and cons of each.

Chlorine Pool Pros and Con:

Homeowners have used chlorine tablets for years to maintain their pools. In fact, today, it’s the standard way people keep their pools clean and safe from germs, bacteria and algae.

The pros of a chlorine pool are:

  • It’s easy to maintain proper chlorine levels
  • Good for all pool types
  • These pools are stabilized to prevent chlorine loss to UVA rays
  • Your initial investment costs less
  • You use less electricity
  • Problems can often be solved by the homeowner
  • Doesn’t damage pool features

The cons of a chlorine pool are:

  • Higher concentration of chlorine
  • Chlorine must be added to the pool every one-three weeks
  • You have to buy and store chlorine tablets
  • It can cause skin to itch and dry out
  • Chlorine must be stored and used carefully
  • More expensive and frequent maintenance
  • Needs to be shocked more often

Saltwater Pool Pros and Cons

Chlorine generators (salt generators) have been rising in popularity over the last 20 years. But, does this mean your pool is free of chlorine? Not exactly.

When you use a chlorine generator, it electrolyzes the dissolved salt to produce chlorine.

So, your pool isn’t chlorine-free. You still need the same levels of chlorine in your pool to keep it clean.

On of the most touted benefits of a salt pool is how soft the water feels. This is because of the salt in the water. It keeps your skin from drying out and feels great.

The pros of a saltwater pool are:

  • You have a lower concentration of chlorine
  • It’s softer on swimmer’s skin
  • Doesn’t fade swimsuits
  • It costs less in maintenance chemicals
  • Requires less frequent maintenance

The cons of a saltwater pool are:

  • More expensive to install
  • Uses more electricity
  • Need to add salt regularly and test salt levels.
  • Repairs may require a professional
  • Salt water can damage pool features, plants and soil

Final Thoughts

So, which is better: chlorine or salt?

We recommend you weigh your options and discuss it with your favorite pool dealer. They can help explain the pros and cons in detail to help you decide which method works for your budget and your lifestyle.

If your current sanitizing system is working for you, then switching may not be the best idea. If it’s not working, then switching may be the way to go.

You’ll find numerous chemicals and sanitizing options for keeping your pool clean and clear, and the best way to wade through your options  is to visit with your dealer and discuss each method.

More questions? Contact us today!