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Old 09-06-2015, 06:05 PM
 
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Yes I am posting again. Love this site and I great feedback. Purchasing in deep Creek area and want to have pool resurfaced the darker blue and possibly switch to saltwater system. Which is preferred? pros and cons? What about new pool decks? What seems to work best in Florida? I like the look of pavers, how do they work out? Which local companies are recommended?
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda
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I can comment on a few, everyone I have talked to loves salt system, we love the look of our pavers and we had Fulton Pools do ours, who was great to deal with.
I'm sure others will chime in with more suggestions.
Best of luck and welcome to paradise!
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I welcome the comments so I can make an informed decision. I like the consumer review better than a manufacturers review lol.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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Owned chlorine pools much of my life in AZ. Put in a Salt Pool in Port Charlotte in 2014. Hands down, less maintenance, better experience, more pleasant swim with salt.

Also have a huge paver deck space and recommend that as well.
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:38 AM
 
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Just a note on paver deck, be sure to get dense pavers. The more porous ones apparently stay wet longer in the summer after it rains, and you'll be chasing mildew stains more often. We saw lots and lots of paver decks when househunting, and the more porous ones always seemed to be mildewed. We have a concrete pool deck, but a paver patio. We spray the pavers once a year with pool chlorine diluted 50/50 with water, and have no problems.

Don't have a salt system, but we're in the process of converting. Have heard nothing but good things about them here.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Definitely, 100% salt. We've had two of them and would never do a regular chlorine pool. Remember, the salinity is only 3200-3600 ppm, which is not much. You won't taste or smell the salt whatsoever. But is is softer on your skin and easier on bathing suits vs liquid chlorine. Cost to convert to a salt pool is usually in the $1000-1200 range depending on who's doing it and the brand used.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Rotonda Florida
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I know about the chlorine generator, "soft" water, etc but I just don't understand (and no one can quantify) why people say they're easier to maintain. You still have to balance the alk. and PH, no? Plus, from what I read, the chlorine generators usually have to be replaced every 5 years or so at a cost (current) of 5-600 bucks.

I understand switching if a regular chlorine system bothers your skin, but if that's not the case - why bother?
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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The less maint part stems from constantly battling the high & low chlorine levels of a traditional pool. The salt system puts out an even amount all the time the pump is running. Also, there's no storing corrosive chlorine jugs or buying replacements every couple of weeks.
I add 2 cups or so of acid per week. A couple pounds of baking soda every few months, and 1 bag of salt per year as needed. That's it. Pretty easy. Definitely not worth paying someone $80-100/month to do a job that takes me literally 1 minute per week.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Rotonda Florida
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hmmmm interesting - when all of the dust settles from moving and the bleeding (money) stops, maybe we'll consider it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: In the basket
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Salt hands down for the win. No question just do it.
Be sure to spend the bucks and get a high quality system like Hayward Goldline.
You get what you pay for, the lower prices systems are junk.
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