Saltwater Pools vs Chlorine Pools: The Essential Pros and Cons

Saltwater Pool Buyers Guide: The Essential Pros and Cons:

The much-awaited summer is around the corner and the Aussie spirit at an all-time high, now is the right time to unwind with your family in your very own pool.

Today, we explore a recent trend of salt water pools and why it is an excellent choice in the salt water vs chlorine debate. The pros and cons of choosing a salt water pool are discussed in detail in this article to help you make an informed choice this summer.

Coolabah pools and Landscapes are here to help you out at every step along the way to ensure that you make the right choice. Our ultimate buying guide has been curated to give our customers insights about the all-important question: saltwater pool vs chlorine?

What are the benefits of saltwater pools?

Salt water pools use salt chlorine generators for cleaning. This technique ensures that the chlorine and salinity levels are optimally maintained, thereby reducing water testing frequency and maintenance requirements.

The salt is directly added to the chlorine generator and helps in reducing maintenance costs while ensuring high safety standards.

The electrolysis process of salt water pool systems works to keep algae and bacteria away. The reduced chlorine levels can be beneficial to the heath as it is known to have less impact on the skin, eyes and hair.

This can create a more enjoyable swimming experience for some people as it can reduce some irritations such as itchy throat, irritation to eyes, rashes and other allergies.

Is a saltwater pool easier to maintain?

Generally we find that the ongoing maintenance for salt water pools vs chlorine involves less manpower. Salt generators ensure that routine pool cleaning, draining and generator maintenance can be made less frequently whilst maintaining the water and equipment quality.

The recent advances in automatic flash alert technology have made salt water pool maintenance easier with pool owners getting regular alerts when it is time to change salt cells, monitor filters and skimmers. 

The generator control box and generator cells do however require maintenance by expert technicians which can make saltwater pools more costly.

Are salt water pools more expensive?

A saltwater pool is generally more expensive than a traditional pool as it does require a higher upfront cost. Salt water requires specific underwater lighting, fixtures and heaters etc which does come at a higher initial cost.

The generator system is more complex therefore the maintenance and repair work will require the assistance of experienced and licensed professionals to ensure that the salt water pool and the added features are maintained adequately.

Salt water pool chemistry?

A stable salt water pool has a pH level of 7.8 and an alkalinity level of 770-80 ppm. While it is a common misconception that salt water pools are free of chlorine, the reality is a little different.

Salt water pool systems are an effective chlorine treatment system with the generators taking the responsibility to regulate the chlorine in the pools.

Instead of annually adding large amounts of chlorine through chlorine tablets or sticks, the electrolysis process of salt water pool systems ensures a stable generation of chlorine and hypochlorous acid that aids in pool sanitization. This process is important to prevent the buildup of chloramines and sanitize the pool.

The salinity in salt water pools is about one tenth of that in oceans and this makes the skin feel better and eliminates harmful effects on the body. 

The salinity of salt water pools may make it incompatible with certain materials and may reduce your choice for the materials used for added features. Hence, it is vital to talk to your pool builder to understand your options while installing heaters, liners, pool lighting and other poolside landscaping to increase the longevity of the ultimate saltwater pool experience.

The team at Coolabah Pools & Landscapes are available to chat about all things pool related – from design, to budgets and timelines. Contact us today on 03 9763 4566 to talk about your project or click the link below to book a free consultation.

4 Things to Consider When Building a Pool in 2020

4 Things to Consider When Building a Pool in 2020:

If there was ever a good time to build your own swimming pool, it is now. As Melbourne grapples with COVID normal, a swimming pool in your backyard will solve more problems than one. Pools are an ideal combination of aesthetics and functionality and this provides a wonderful setting to spend some family time or throw yourself a mini party. 

Swimming pools serve different purposes to different people and we understand the art of creating ideal pool designs that would satisfy everyone. With our custom options and low construction costs, our vision is to create affordable landscaping ideas that will make your home aesthetically pleasing and holiday-ready. Here are 4 things to consider when building a pool in 2020.

1. Pool landscape design

You have infinite indoor and outdoor landscaping options and garden designs to make your staycation lively and fun-filled. Choosing to incorporate small garden designs to accentuate your residential pool will instantly make it more inviting and will make your swimming pool an integral part of your everyday life. 

Designs inspired by nature have been a big hit this season and you too could add your own private pond or rock garden to your backyard. For those looking for a contemporary vibe, there are plenty of outdoor artificial designs that can add both design and functionality to your pool.  

Additionally , we can help you add the right decor, lighting and hot tubs that will convert your pool into the family’s favourite hangout spot. Check out our portfolio for more design inspiration,

2. Swimming pool safety for children

With children around, there is an added element of safety and we are committed to making their swimming pool experience memorable by building custom wading areas for children or a deck that could double up as a picnic table. 

As Melbourne’s most sought after pool builders, we offer pool supplies that would make any pool party fun and safe. Customising a sun pod with low maintenance features like spray jets will help the kids stay engaged with minimal supervision. 

We design with safety in mind and provide you with fun and safe features like a water wall, a sap and temperature controlling measures to make the best use of the pool for everyone in the family.

3. Which type of pool is best?

Constructing a swimming pool is much more than checking a box. We know there are too many pool building options and materials to choose from. But we also know what the best options are and how to create our own paradise at affordable costs.

From custom concrete pools to fibreglass pools to lap pools, Coolabah delivers comfort and luxury, combined with low-cost maintenance and we make sure that you feel like royalty in your pool. 

Adding a variety of greenery and traditional stones can instantly give a royal aesthetic and convert your backyard into a functional space that stands out to make your home a fan favourite.

4. Choosing the right pool lightning

Pool lighting not only elevates the mood and elegance of your pool, it is also an easy way to accentuate your transitional areas and extend your swimming sessions well into the night by improving the visibility.

Smart lights and multi-colour LED lights are the trend of the season and we are here to assist you with retrofitting and maintaining your lighting solutions without any hassle.

These energy-efficient lighting solutions give you added functionality at affordable costs. New age smart lights come in a variety of colour and intensity options and are an amazing way to elevate the ambience of the pool. You can also play around with fire pits if you are looking at a natural way to light up your pool. The fire pits can be constructed with brick or stone and combined with a range of fuel options that is safe and easy to maintain.

The team at Coolabah Pools & Landscapes are available to chat about all things pool related – from design, to budget and timelines. Contact us today on 03 9763 4566 to talk about your project or click the link below to book a free consultation.