Salt Water Pool Vs Chlorine
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Salt Water Pool Vs Chlorine

If you are wondering whether you should invest in a salt water or chlorine pool, this post will provide details on pros and cons, costs and maintenance requirements for both models. 

Salt Water Pool Vs Chlorine Pool

One common misconception among homeowners looking to add a pool to their property is that salt water pools do not have chlorine. That couldn’t be further from the truth, as salt water pools do feature chlorine. Of course, the levels of chlorine are certainly lower than a traditional chlorine model, though. A saltwater generator will produce hypochlorous acid for sanitation through a process called electrolysis. This is the breakdown of salt by passing electricity through a saltwater solution. With a smaller salt content than most expect, it is possible to open your eyes underwater in a saltwater pool.

Saltwater Pool Pros And Cons

Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of owning a saltwater pool:


  • Softer on a swimmer’s skin than chlorine pool
  • Lower chlorine levels
  • Costs less for maintenance chemicals
  • Requires less maintenance overall


  • More expensive installation
  • Uses more electricity for operation
  • Repairs usually require professional service
  • Salt water can damage surrounding plants and soil

Chlorine Pool Pros And Cons


  • Uses less electricity to operate
  • Less costly up front
  • Does not damage pool features
  • Maintenance can be performed by homeowners


  • Higher amount of chlorine
  • Can cause itchy skin
  • Needs to be shocked more often than saltwater pools
  • Frequent maintenance needs

Pool Costs

Due to the generator, a saltwater pool will cost more up front than a chlorine pool, costing between $400-$1,800, according to fixr. Homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $300-$500 for installation. Saltwater pools will require less than $100 per year in salt and chemicals. A chlorine pool, meanwhile, can require $300-$800 per year in chemical costs.

Pool Maintenance Requirements

The greatest benefit a saltwater pool provides is the lack of maintenance needs. Most modern saltwater models can remain clean and sparkly for two weeks without any maintenance. A chlorine pool will need weekly attention, with tablets or sticks added to the water regularly. Both pools do need chlorine levels checked consistently to keep the levels safe, though. Periodic shocks of more concentrated chlorine will be needed with a chlorine pool. These shocks help to defend against the buildup of algae. 

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