When it comes to beating the Texas heat, there’s nothing quite like taking a dip in your very own pool. There are plenty of options for designing the ultimate backyard oasis, from eye-catching water features to a built-in spa combo. These days, there’s another element to consider when installing a swimming pool: saltwater vs. chlorine. Curious how a saltwater swimming pool compares to a regular chlorine pool? We’ve got answers! Scroll below for three important things to know about these popular pool systems.

A Saltwater Pool is a Chlorine Pool

It may come as a surprise, but a saltwater swimming pool is still a chlorine pool. However, a saltwater pool uses lower levels of chlorine than a traditional pool. Rather than adding chlorine sticks or tablets, it remains at a steady level and salt is added regularly. For sanitary purposes, a saltwater generator produces hypochlorous acid through electrolysis. The process involves passing electricity through the saltwater solution to break down the salt.

Saltwater Pools Are Better for Swimmers

Despite being called a saltwater pool, the pool contains less salt than you may think. The salt content is the equivalent of what is found in human tears, which is approximately one-tenth of the salinity of ocean water. Because saltwater pools contain low levels of salt, swimmers can open their eyes while underwater. Unlike a regular chlorine pool, which can cause dry and itchy skin, saltwater is gentle on the skin.

Saltwater Pools Are Less Expensive to Maintain

The cost to install a saltwater pool is higher than a traditional pool, but it costs less to maintain. The salt and chemical costs range between $70 and $100 per year. In contrast, the chemicals required to maintain a regular chlorine pool range between $300 to $800 per year. Standard pools also require more frequent maintenance than a saltwater pool. A chlorine pool requires weekly maintenance whereas a saltwater pool needs to be maintained every two weeks or so. While a saltwater pool needs less maintenance, problems often require the help of a professional while homeowners can usually fix any issues with a regular pool on their own.

Get in touch with Silverton Custom Homes for more information about adding a chlorine or salt pool to your brand-new custom home.