Choosing the pool that's right for you.

Pool Construction
Adding a Pool to Your Home?

A popular home improvement that can increase the fun and value of a home is installing a pool. Depending on what part of the country you live in, a pool can add functional living and entertaining space to your home year-round. But before you start picking out bathing suits, it’s important to know the facts about the different kinds of pools available.

You may have heard of, or even swam in, what’s known as a “saltwater pool.” They’re becoming more popular, but it’s important to understand the differences between them and a traditional chlorine pool. Some people say they prefer the softer feel of the water in a saltwater pool compared to traditional chlorine pools, but the sanitizing agent in both pools, when properly maintained, are virtually identical.

A saltwater pool requires an additional piece of equipment known as a salt chlorine generator. This unit contains a replaceable cell that, according to consumers, needs to be replaced every 5 – 7 years on average. It is this equipment that actually turns the salt into chlorine – the reality is, a saltwater pool really IS a chlorine pool and has the same amount of chlorine as a traditional pool, it just comes from a different process.

The difference is, with a saltwater pool, you add salt to the water and use electricity to generate the chlorine whereas a traditional chlorine pool uses either granules or tablets. Both pools require testing and maintaining the water, and depending on the weather and how many people swim in your pool, you may need other products to keep your pool water clear, balanced and trouble-free. Keeping the water balanced and preventing calcium scale are just as important in a saltwater pool because calcium scale can dramatically reduce the lifespan of your salt cell. And, as consumers indicate the replacement can be $500 or more, they’re not cheap.

So make sure you know the facts before you retrofit an existing chlorine pool with a salt chlorine generator or install a brand new pool. Salt or chlorine is a big decision, but not nearly as big as taking the plunge on adding a pool. Whatever you do, just make it beautiful.