Enjoy the Benefits of a Salt Water Pool

by Pool Builders on 02-21-2014 in Articles

Salt water swimming pools are become more favored compared to the alternative of using the chlorine based pools. Salt water is a healthy alternative since it isn't as harsh on the skin. Harsh chemicals like chlorine are likely to leave the skin feeling quite rough. The initial installation of a swimming pool is more expensive, but this extra cost is recovered over the long-term because it isn't necessary to add-in chemicals to avoid issues with bacteria and algae.

There is a variety of reasons to invest in the salt water pools, which include saving money on chemicals and not having to use expensive floaters. Here are several of the major benefits of using this type of swimming pool:

Eliminate the cost of chemicals - Regular use of chemicals like chlorine can soon add up. Chlorine can cost up to $35 per bucket. This can work out to be quite expensive since it is necessary to include these chemicals on a weekly basis. These costs are entirely avoided with salt water pools.

Much safer than chlorine - Chlorine is a chemical which has the potential to cause injuries in high concentrations if it touches the skin or when inhaled.

Softer skin - Chlorine can be harsh on the skin and leaves it feeling quite coarse and rough. But the alternative pools are gentle on the skin and body in general.

Less pool equipment - With the salt water pools there is less need to rely on the specialized maintenance tools such as the bromine or chlorine filled floater system.

Cost of installing the swimming pool

The cost of having a salt water pool installed in the backyard is quite high. Depending on the size and materials used, the pool shell and installation may cost in the region of $12500 to $45000. A concrete pool is the most expensive, while fiberglass is slightly more affordable. For those on a restricted budget, an above ground pool is likely to cost about $4500 to include the salt water set-up.

A pre-existing swimming pool is easily converted to handle salt water by having the filtration system replaced. Modern pipes and pumps are the easiest to convert. However, if the existing pool is fitted with old pipe work and pumps, it can be expensive to convert. Having the pipe work replaced can be quite expensive, but this expense often pays for itself over the long-term due to not have to spend so much on regular pool maintenance.

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