April 2, 2018

Choosing Saltwater or Chlorine for Your Custom Built Pool

Congratulations on getting a custom built pool! Now it's time to choose which type of pool system you want to be installed, saltwater or chlorinated. Here is a list of pros and cons for each type, but regardless of which way you go, you’ll be joyfully swimming in your own backyard in no time.

Custom Pool - Saltwater

For comparison, a saltwater pool contains 10 times less salt than the ocean. It’s so low, that you can’t taste or smell the salt in your pool.

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  • There are no health risks.
  • Saltwater is gentle on hair, skin, and eyes.
  • It requires less added chemicals.
  • Pool maintenance costs may be less expensive.
  • Algae and cloudy water are less common.
  • Swimsuits and pool toys will last longer and won’t fade.
  • Saltwater is very soft.
  • There won’t be any strong chlorine scent.


  • Saltwater systems require a higher up-front investment.
  • You may need to buy a specialized heater, lighting, and liner for saltwater use.
  • Since salt can be corrosive, your pool will need to be regularly checked for signs of erosion and buildup.
  • The chlorine generation doesn’t work as well during colder winter months.
  • The equipment can sometimes be temperamental.

Custom Pool - Chlorinated

A chlorinated pool system uses the traditional method of daily testing and adding various chemicals to kill harmful microorganisms that can cause nasty health problems.


  • A chlorine system is extremely effective at killing both bacteria and algae.
  • The system is less expensive upfront to install.
  • It’s easier to find a pool company who can treat and service your chlorine system.
  • It won’t cause damage to your pool decks or furniture.


  • There are associated health risks from chlorine when it is absorbed through the skin or breathed into the lungs.
  • Side effects of chlorine include red and itchy eyes, skin irritation, and hair discoloration.
  • It can be difficult and time-consuming to balance all the pool chemicals.
  • Continually buying chlorine and stabilizers can get expensive.

If you want more specific and personalized advice on which type of custom built pool system is the best choice for you and your family, contact Robert Allen Pools and Spas today!

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