When you are building a custom swimming pool, you have many options for customization. You have the luxury of choosing everything, from the overall design to the water features. You also get to choose whether to include a salt water system or to build a standard chlorinated pool. Of course, having so many choices can also be overwhelming. Luckily, our experienced pool builders at Pools by Design can help you learn all the information you need to make the best decision.
Here are some of the benefits to choosing a salt water system for your new swimming pool:
The high levels of chemicals in a chlorinated swimming pool can irritate your eyes and skin. You may notice that when you get out of your pool, your eyes are red and puffy or may feel itchy. This may be because of too much chlorine. You may also have dry skin or other skin irritation if you swim too often in a chlorinated pool.
Many swimmers report that salt water swimming pools are much less harsh on their eyes and skin. You are less likely to have issues with your eyes, skin, or hair when you swim in salt water. This may not make a huge difference if you only use your inground swimming pool once or twice a month. However, if you are planning to swim every day, a salt water system is a great option.
Although salt water pools still use chlorine for sanitation, the levels are much lower than they are in a standard swimming pool. When you go for a swim in a standard chlorinated pool, you may come out smelling like chemicals. This odor can be hard to get rid of, even after you shower. You will also have to deal with the chlorine smell every time you add chemicals to your standard swimming pool.
With a salt water pool, you do not have to find ways to manage the smell of chlorine. These pools are virtually odorless. There’s a misconception that salt water pools leave you smelling like ocean salt water, but this is not the case either. The salt concentration is so low that, if anything, you might notice a slight smell of salt.
It is true that salt water swimming pools cost slightly more up front, around $1,500 to $2,000 to install salt chlorine generator. However, you save money in the long run with a salt water system. Instead of having to run the pool store to get more chlorine, your pool generates chlorine for you automatically.
The major maintenance costs for a salt water swimming pool include buying pool salt and replacing the generator every 5-7 years. However, this is still less than buying costly pool chemicals on a monthly basis. Many homeowners prefer salt water pools for this reason.
There are many benefits to a salt water system for your new custom pool. However, whether you choose salt water or standard chlorine, Pools by Design can create an outstanding pool that will wow your friends and family.