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What is the Difference Between Saltwater and Chlorine Pools?

If you’re thinking of installing a pool, or renovating the one you have, you will face a series of decisions along the way. One of your choices will regard saltwater versus chlorine; which type of pool is best for your preferences and needs?

First, let’s clear up a common misconception: Saltwater pools do contain chlorine! The chlorine is produced at steady levels, rather than added to the water. Instead, you will add salt to the pool, and a saltwater generator will produce hypochlorous acid for sanitation of the pool. So, there is chlorine, but you don’t have to add it yourself.  And again, we’re talking about a much lower level of chlorine, which you might find preferable for several reasons:

  • It can be gentler on a swimmer’s skin (particularly good for those with allergies) – no itching or burning
  • Reduced fading of swimsuits
  • No need to store potentially hazardous chlorine sticks or tablets, which can be dangerous if you’re exposed to the fumes. Storing salt on your property carries no risks.

Just one more note about saltwater pools: Despite the name, the salinity (concentration of salt) is about one-tenth that of ocean water. You shouldn’t notice any harsh effects upon your eyes.

What is the difference in maintenance? With both saltwater and chlorine pools, you will need to monitor and potentially adjust the amount of chlorine. However, with saltwater pools you can do this by simply adjusting the controls on the generator and adding more salt, and the water will remain sparkling and clear a bit longer than that of chlorine pools. With chlorine pools, of course, you need to add more chlorine periodically (usually about once per week). Chlorine pools also need more intense “chlorine shocks” occasionally, to kill off any algae and to adjust chlorine levels. With a saltwater pool, the need for these shocks is much less frequent.

While saltwater pools are generally easier to maintain, in the event that a problem does arise, it can be more complicated to diagnose and repair. You will also need to remove, inspect, and clean the saltwater generator cells at least once per year.

What is the difference in cost? Generally speaking, the installation cost of a saltwater pool is higher, but the cost routine chemical maintenance will be lower. You should also consider the cost of running the generator, which is on average 36 to 48 dollars per year higher than running a pump for a chlorine pool. Additionally, some swimming pool features (lights, masonry, the lining, and even landscaping around the pool) might respond badly to saltwater, and need to be replaced more often. Consult with a pool professional about the exact cost of installation versus maintenance, to get a more clear picture of both scenarios. Give us a call and we can help you evaluate your options.

 

 

 

Does Your Pool Need to be Resurfaced?

Have you noticed anything “off” about your pool lately? Maybe it doesn’t look as inviting as it once did, or you’ve noticed problems with the water level. You might be concerned about its appearance from a purely aesthetic point of view, or you might be worried that the appearance of your pool detracts from the value of your home. Whatever your concern may be, pool resurfacing could be the answer, if you’ve noticed any of these signs…

The water level drops for no apparent reason. Cracks in the pool surface are not always visible, especially when the pool is full of water. But of course, water will leak from even the smallest of cracks. If your water level keeps dropping for no apparent reason, pool resurfacing might be the solution.

Tiles are coming loose. If you have tiles within your pool, you might notice that they start to pop off or break. This is a sign that the tile grout is corroded, and the pool’s surface is often part of the problem.

You notice stubborn stains. Stains can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an imbalance in your pool chemicals, metals in your water, algae, or debris that isn’t cleaned away promptly. Over time these stains become unappealing, and pool resurfacing is the answer.

You can see or feel erosion marks. Over time, the movement of water over the pool’s surface will cause erosion marks. This is just an inevitable part of nature. An improper chemical balance can speed up this process, which is why correctly maintaining your pool is so important. You might even feel scuff marks with your feet, and they will become more uncomfortable over time. Once erosion occurs, resurfacing the pool is the only way to correct the look and feel of its surface.

If you suspect pool resurfacing is needed in your case, give us a call. We can check out the situation, and make a recommendation. And once your new surface is installed, we can help with proper maintenance so that the surface lasts as long as possible.

 

 

Another renovation in the books. Remodeling of swimming pool.

Another renovation in the books. Remodeling of swimming pool. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino. The family swimming pool is often the centerpiece of most backyards. Over time, however, the family can outgrow the pool, or it may need extensive repairs. Instead of tearing down the pool and building a brand new one, remodeling it may be an option. Homeowners who wish to remodel their swimming pool rather than replace it may find that there is a lot of planning and work involved in the entire process. For larger pools, or pool expansions, it is important to hire a professional swimming pool designer and contractor to take the reins of the project. Let’s face it: concrete pool decks have all the good looks of a city sidewalk. Pool deck tile is one way to cover up the concrete and give your backyard a polished, sophisticated look and feel, without the cost of building a deck.
Pool deck tiles are interlocking tiles which can be laid down on top of concrete, pea gravel, or any other hard-packed surface. They can be laid down on bare earth, as well, as long as there are no bumps in the ground, and a weed-control mat is put down first.
Pool deck tiles come in a variety of colors and patterns, hardwood patterns are the most popular. Usually the wood is affixed to a polymer base for stiffness and durability. In order to accommodate the curvature of a round pool, the square tiles can be measured and cut with a jigsaw.

Our latest remodel. Construction of Swimming pool.

Our latest remodel. Construction of Swimming pool. Precast SBN coping, 1×2 Valencia Azul glass tile, 2×2 Azul trim tile, white plaster with Azteca pozzolans modifier. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

We are installing glass tile today. Construction of Swimming pool.

We are installing glass tile today. Construction of Swimming pool. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

We are working on precast SBN coping today. Remodeling of Swimming pool and spa.

We are working on precast SBN coping today. Remodeling of Swimming pool and spa. Glass tile is coming next. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

Today we are working on Community Spa in Upland. Remodeling of swimming pool and spa.

Today we are working on Community Spa in Upland. Remodeling of swimming pool and spa. Tile glass beading and trim tile preparation for re-plaster. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

Pool Re-Plaster

Pool Re-Plaster, Sky Blue PlasterScapes, 1×1 Caribbean Blue Trim Tile. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

Our latest Pool/Spa remodeling.

Standard White Plaster, 2×2 Royal Blue Tile and 2×2 Diamond Trim Tile. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.

Tiles installed, time to plaster.

Tiles installed, time to plaster. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. For more information go to www.pinnaclepoolsinc.com. We work in the area: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee, Winchester, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Corona, Perris, Nuevo, Chino, Pomona, Fontana, San Bernardino.