just have a few questions about swimming pools..
We are semi-seriously considering buying a house, downsizing to a smaller house in a different neighborhood, but has a POOL. (Kids are so excited beyond belief..)
Anyways, I've never had a pool, but here's the situation:
The pool is a bit dated. I think kind of kidney-bean shaped with a small jacuzi/spa built into the side. There's a single low diving board that looks really dated, and I wouldn't risk standing on it! Supposedly, the pool equipment is newer, about 4-5 years old. It's a standard chlorine pool. My wife likes the saltwater pool, and the kids too.. seems nicer, less smell, better for skin and hair, etc.
I did a search, and asked a co-worker, who said it's not all that much to convert to a saltwater pool. Is that true? I've heard that saltwater might cost less per month than the chemicals needed per month for a chlorine pool?
and.. it's better for you.
Some people talk about pebble-tec pools? Is this a lining? Is it worth doing at the time I empty the pool to convert over to saltwater? Ballpark, how much might this cost to do?
I'd also like to get rid of the diving board, and perhaps add a rock structure, with a rock slide into the pool...
On the more unlikely list... making the pool a bit bigger. I am guessing this would basically be like installing and building a whole new pool from scratch, since you'd need to tear into and demo an existing pool. So that's probably out of the question.
Last question.. how good do those roof solar heating arrays work? I hear they are pretty slick, and self-sufficient with solar panels that run the pump only when the sun is out (duh, right??), and not tooo crazy expensive. Are these definitely worthwhile vs cost to heat pool with electricity or gas?
Sorry.. this turned out to be more questions than I had originally thought!
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