What Are The Newest and Latest Outdoor And Pool Design Trends?

What Are The Newest and Latest Outdoor And Pool Design Trends?

In Vogue
Saltwater pools and automatic covers are popular among homeowners

From Pool & Spa News

We Americans love to be at the cutting edge of technology.  One needs look no further than the television market to realize that todays cutting edge technology can be yesterdays news in 6 months.  Outdoor Living, and specifically Inground Swimming Pool Design is no different, altough the curve for change is much slower than in the aforementioned consumer electronics sector.  This post from Pool & Spa News gives some major trends in the outdoor living space from a Swimming Pool industry perspective. 

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Saltwater pools are all the rage now, with everyone from NBC-TV to The Wall Street Journal reporting on the phenomenon. But such pools actually have been around a while.

First appearing in Australia in the 1960s, they enjoyed a steady climb in popularity — so much so that approximately 80 percent of all pools built down under now are saline. The concept didn’t hit our shores until the 1980s, but once here, the acceptance rate was high, spurred on by technological advances in the ’90s.

How does a saltwater pool work? Here is the Salt Institute’s take on it: Both saltwater pools and traditional chlorine pools use chlorine to sanitize the water. The difference is that saltwater pools use a chlorine generator to produce natural chlorine from salt by separating salt molecules into their component parts: chloride and sodium. After salt is converted to chlorine to sanitize and oxidize the water within the generator, chlorine converts back to salt when it re-enters the pool, and the process continues over and over again, conserving the salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced.

Besides salt, pool owners also need to add stabilizer (cyanuric acid) to the water, to act as a barrier against the sun’s UV rays and thus keep chlorine in the pool longer. Because the generator doesn’t have to work harder to maintain the chlorine level, its cell life is extended.

The amount of salt in pool water is about 1/10th the level in the ocean — the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt in a gallon of water — and most people cannot taste it. Typical salt levels for these

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