When a home owner is searching for a new pool, there are many factors to consider, such as whether he or she wants to use chlorine or salt to sanitize the pool. Although there is no clear winner in the debate of salt vs. chlorine, saltwater pools require less maintenance and are more cost-effective in the long run.
Although the initial cost of setting up a saltwater pool is significantly more expensive than chlorine—the cost can number in the thousands, which may not include the costs of constructing the pool—maintenance is cheaper because (unlike chlorine) salt in the water never disappears. Salt is only added when rain or other factors dilute the pool; therefore, saltwater pools tend to pay for themselves within the second or third year of use. They are also easier on skin and hair than chlorinated pools.