Saline Vs Chlorine Pools

by / Tuesday, 30 May 2017 / Published in Blog, Pool News

If you’re thinking about putting up a pool, your pool builder will ask you whether you want to go for a saline (salt water) pool or a chlorine pool. Salt water pools feature a machine (chlorinator) that uses salt to produce chlorine levels. Chlorine pools are those where chlorine is added manually. Both types of pools end up with chlorine. It’s only that it’s introduced into the pool differently and in different amounts (saline pools have less chlorine levels).


Below, we dig deep to bring you the differences between the two.

  1. Initial costs

Saline pools need a chlorinator installed right at the onset while chlorine pools do not. For this reason, saline pools require more money to set up. The chlorinator not only has to be purchased, it also has to be installed correctly by knowledgeable technicians. Chlorine pools do not need any of this expense because the chlorine is added manually every week so they are cheaper to set up. In addition to that, saline pools may require special construction to prevent salt damage to pool fixtures and the concrete.

  1. Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, saline pools are much easier to look after. With the chlorinator functioning seamlessly, the pool will almost be on autopilot. One does not need to add chlorine, check pH or balance chemicals in the pool. Also, saline pools do not also need much cleaning apart from scooping debris, cleaning out the skimmer baskets and cleaning the filters. However, all these activities are needed regularly with standard chlorine pools. So you’ll have to seek weekly maintenance of your pool in order to keep it sanitized. Chlorine pools also need regular cleaning and vacuuming.

  1. Health benefits/risks

Saline pools actually release less chlorine into the water. As a result, the water in saline pools is less irritating to the eyes and skin. Saline pools are also not as salty as one might think. The salinity is almost undetectable. Water in saline pools is also softer than that in chlorine pools. Maintaining a saline pool is also safer because one does not have to handle chlorine and other chemicals in person. However, people with chlorine pools do not have a choice.

  1. Water quality

As mentioned above, water from saline pools is softer and less irritating because it contains very little chlorine and zero added chemicals. It also does not have the sharp chlorine smell that is common in traditional pools.

  1. Effects on pool systems and structures

Chlorine added manually to chlorine pools does not have any notable effects on swimming pool structures. However, salt from saline pools can cause negative chemical reactions to the fixtures around the pool, e.g. handle bars and lights. The salt can also affect the concrete structure of the pool. This is why it’s important for saline pools to be built differently using materials that will not be affected by salt.

And there you have it. If you want a traditional pool, you can enjoy cheap building costs and zero risk of pool deterioration over the years. On the other hand, you can opt for a modern saline pool and enjoy little maintenance, softer water, and less chlorine in your pool.

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