Committing to building a pool for personal use is a big decision that requires adequate planning and thought. It’s not like you can return your pool at the store after 30 days! Once you have finished deciding on your pool’s design, there is one last major decision that you will need to make before breaking ground – what type of water will your pool hold? You can choose between chlorinated water, salt water, and natural water. Each has various pros and cons. You should be knowledgeable about your options, and be able to make an informed decision when necessary.
Chlorinated pools are the cheapest pools upfront, but also require the most maintenance over time as you will need to constantly be sure that the pH level is balanced. Although it occurs frequently, the maintenance process is typically the easiest with a chlorinated pool.
The chlorine in the pool can cause skin and eye irritation. Chlorine must be properly stored, and you must use caution when using it.
Salt water pools have been growing in popularity since the 80’s. They do contain chlorine, but the amounts are lower than that of a chlorinated pool. This is because the chlorine in salt water pools is not added, but instead created naturally with the use of a salt water generator. There are lower levels of maintenance required with salt water pools. Even though they contain chlorine, salt water pools typically cause less irritation of the skin and eyes.
Natural swimming pools are an attractive option because they do not require chemicals to maintain. The pools are self-cleaning. You could technically drink the water if you wanted to, and you don’t necessarily have to shower after taking a dip. The pools clean themselves naturally when the water is filtered through a nearby regeneration zone.
Natural pools are typically designed to blend in with nature, often imitating a body of water. They are environmentally friendly and require much less maintenance than conventional pools. However, the pools are typically more expensive upfront and require more land than chlorine or salt water pools because of the necessary regeneration zone.