Birds eye view of a salt water swimming pool.
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What To Consider Before Installing A Saltwater Pool
While a saltwater pool won't damage your skin and will provide you with the feeling of swimming in an ocean, there are some downsides to consider before installing one.
The average cost to install a saltwater pool nationally is between $12,000 and $38,000, with an average price of about $25,000 for an inground pool.
You may pay less to convert an existing chlorine pool, but installing a concrete inground pool can cost $50,000 to $200,000 if you don't have one.
Fiberglass pools range from $9,000 to $40,000, and vinyl range from $20,000 to $63,000. The pool's environment and building codes may impact the size and type of pool installed.
You must also purchase a salt-chlorinator electrode cell generator that costs around $1,000. You'll also have to dish out $300 to $600 for the salt cells.
You'll need to remove and replace the salt cells, which is the component that adds the salt to the water itself, every five or so years.
The salt cells must be routinely cleaned using muriatic acid, a somewhat dangerous material. Salt is also corrosive, damaging the pool's structure, ladders, lights, and handrails.
When repairs are necessary or you are considering an upgrade, you'll need to find a saltwater pool expert, which is more challenging than finding a pool professional.
Finally, if you live in a climate where it freezes during the winter, you may still need to use chlorine-related products to winterize the pool.