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The pool industry has long been divided on the topic of chlorine versus saltwater sanitation. But which one reigns supreme? In reality, it all boils down to personal preference. Despite the name, saltwater pools utilize electrolysis to create a natural form of chlorine that disinfects your pool. So, is saltwater really superior to chlorine? We’ll present the facts and let you decide.

  • Chlorine Generation: One significant advantage of saltwater pools is that they use modern technology to naturally generate chlorine. The system generates chlorine continuously into the pool water, eliminating the need for excessive chlorine usage or waste. Provided the salt level in the pool remains within the ideal range, the system will keep generating chlorine to sanitize the water. In contrast, a chlorine pool requires frequent sanitization to eliminate bacteria and prevent algae growth. The pool owner must regularly test the water chemistry to determine the current chlorine level and use basic math to determine how much chlorine to add. It’s not uncommon for consumers to use more chlorine than is necessary.
  • Price: The initial cost of a salt system is higher than that of a chlorine pool. A salt system will cost an average consumer anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500, while adding an inline chlorinator to a pool should cost approximately $150.
    The salt cell requires cleaning every three months or 500 hours of run time, using muriatic acid. The routine maintenance typically costs between $50 and $100. In contrast, there is no periodic maintenance required for a chlorine pool in regards to the chlorination process. However, as with any electronics, certain parts of the salt system will eventually fail. A salt cell has a lifespan of approximately five years, and replacing it generally costs between $750 and $1,000. The control board is the brains of the system and can cost as much to replace as the salt cell, sometimes even more. The flow sensor is the on/off switch for the system and often requires replacement due to damage to the cord either from landscape crews or rodents who like to chew on them. A replacement flow switch typically costs between $250 and $350.

  • Corrosion: The most significant disadvantage of a saltwater system is the highly corrosive nature of salt. Saltwater pools cause calcium buildup on windows and rusting of any metal furniture. They can also damage the pool’s equipment, as well as corrode any concrete, natural stone, or travertine around the pool.

The cost of building an inground pool can be difficult to pin down, as it depends on a variety of factors such as the size and location of the pool, soil conditions of your property, as well as your preferred design and aesthetic. Our swimming pools start at around $65,000 and Pool Spa Combinations Start around $78,000.

The duration of constructing a pool differs depending on its size and location. The excavation process can be easier or more challenging depending on the backyard. Additionally, there may be other factors to consider, like relocating sewer lines or water lines and managing nearby trees. Homeowners’ associations and county requirements may also impact the project timeline. Standard pools and spas can be built in about a month from the start of work and some more complex designs can take as much time as several months.

To ensure safety and prevent accidents, many counties have made fencing around swimming pools mandatory. Home insurance providers may also require fencing as a condition for coverage. Fences serve as a barrier that restricts access to the pool area, especially for unwanted guests. Typically, swimming pools must be enclosed on three sides, while the fourth side can be the home or another structure. Additionally, alarms on doors that lead to the pool area may also be necessary. Even if the pool has an automatic cover, fencing requirements must still be met.

Here in north Dallas Texas the swimming pool building is year-round! There is no deep freeze so we can excavate almost any day through the year. Weather can be a factor in the construction process but construction can progress 12 months a year.

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