Have you thought about adding a swimming pool to your Tulsa outdoor living space ? Pools are, of course, a great way to increase your family’s summer fun while increasing the value of your home and property. And today, the pool design ideas for Tulsa abound. You can have a custom pool designed especially for your family’s lifestyle and one that will perfectly complement your home’s architecture.
On the subject of Tulsa pool design, there is a growing debate over chlorine versus salt water pools. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of pool. In the end, it may come down to which type is better for your family, lifestyle, and overall needs. Although there are a lot of things to consider, it is nice that there are more options in pool design today. But here are a few of the points to consider.
Salt water pools are easier on the eyes (literally). While in fact they do still have some chlorine in them, salt water pools do not produce all the harsh effects that chlorinated pool systems do. They are far less likely to cause red eyes and dry skin than chlorinated pools. And they won’t leave that strong chlorine smell on your skin for hours afterward. These pools can be safer for your pets and family.
Salt is very corrosive. Because salt is by nature corrosive, it can be tougher on surrounding materials. Experts have reported that nearby decking, ladders, concrete and furniture has been damaged by salt water systems. Thus, when building a salt water pool, it’s important to choose materials that can withstand the effects of salt.
Salt water pools may require less regular maintenance. To keep a chlorine pool clean and safe, it’s important to maintain a consistent routine of testing the pH levels of the water and then adding chlorine based on those levels. Continually adding more chlorine to balance out the water may cost more in maintenance.
Ehow.com noted that extra chlorine may be needed to remove chloramines that are formed from free chlorine mixing with organic substances. While chlorine kills contaminants, the website quoted the Chicago Tribune as saying, chloramines are still there, and more chlorine is needed to remove the chloramines that are harmful to skin and eyes. Having an improper chlorine balance can also cause a build-up of algae. The website also noted that chlorine pools should be shocked every three to four weeks to kill excess bacteria.
Salt water pools use a generator unit to disperse dissolved salt into the water. This generator creates its own chlorine from the salt and sends a regular flow of this chlorine into the water. This will keep the chlorine levels in the water more consistent, thus causing less harm to your skin and eyes. This generator unit does mean extra up-front costs in building the salt water pool versus a chlorine pool. A good salt-to-water ratio and good pH levels must still be maintained, Wright’s Pool Service, Inc. of Indiana noted, but you just have to add more salt to maintain the levels. This may be easier and more cost-effective than constantly adding chlorine manually, so maintenance may be less time-consuming with a salt water system.
Experts also say, however, that the salt water generator may need to be cleaned several times a year to remove build-up and may eventually need to be replaced.
So, in the end, what’s the verdict? Well, it depends what the pool owner wants to care for and what he or she likes best overall. Salt water and chlorine pools may have a similar number of pros and cons. As a Tulsa homeowners, it may come down to preference, but there are viable options in the world of Tulsa pool design.