2018 Eco-Friendly Pool Trends
In the 1970s and 1980s, if you had an outdoor pool, you had a chlorinated spot to dip your feet in and dive into. However, chlorine and other chemicals used to clean the pool are environmentally dangerous, not just to humans but also to plants and animals. Because old pools are considered unsafe by many people, a more environmentally friendly pool design is desired. Houston pool builders, like many pool builders around the country, have begun to offer pool designs for you to enjoy without feeling guilty about the environmental impact.
One of the largest trends of the 21st century with regard to eco-friendly pools has been the move toward pools that use saltwater rather than chlorine. This idea continues with the 2018 swimming pool trends toward saltwater designs.
One of the problems with chlorine pools is they are difficult to keep clean and pH balanced without the use of a lot of chlorine and other really environmentally harsh chemicals. But, with saltwater pools, the saline itself works to keep the pool clean. Saltwater pools use a chlorine generator and table salt to get electrolysis and produce a chemical (hypochlorous acid) that kills bacteria and algae, which means the pool is kept clean without using harsh chemicals. Maintenance of a saltwater pool is much cheaper because the chlorine generator cell only has to be cleaned once a year. Saltwater pools are also better for your skin, and swimming in saltwater has had health benefits for ages.
Saltwater pools can be built in nearly every shape and size as a freshwater pool can.
Another pool design of 2018 is the ozone pool. While you may be able to keep your existing pool design, ozone pools use sunlight instead of chlorine to keep the pool sparkling clean. Ozone pools use a different kind of filter to convert oxygen into ozone to keep the pool clean. To help the ozone pool stay clean, pool builders may use a glass-enclosed pool house or landscaping to get as much oxygen into the filter as possible.
Natural Swimming Pools
This is going to sound crazy, but a lot of new pool construction is done to make natural (or natural-looking) swimming pools modeled after watering holes or natural pools in Europe. To make a natural pool, the sides are gently sloped. Lots of water plants are then added. The addition of water plants means you don’t need a filtration system or chlorine to keep your pool clean. The water plants do that naturally. Natural swimming pools have become big favorites of environmentalists because they do not require chemicals and they actually add to the environment rather than take from it. While environmentalists love it, you will need to decide whether you can live with the wildlife in a natural pool setting, which may include a few frogs, birds, and bugs.
Houston pool builders have also used moss-filtered pools. While these pools are not as widely known as the other alternatives, they are gaining in popularity. Sphagnum moss, which is most commonly seen in floral arrangements and can be found in bogs in Northern Europe and New Zealand, can be used to filter out algae and other impurities in pool water. Moss-filtered pools need more care than natural pools — the moss must be replaced every 30 days. The pool may also still need a small number of chemicals to ensure it is clean and clear.
If you are environmentally conscious, an eco pool would be perfect for your home. That way, you can have the comfort of a pool without sacrificing your environmental beliefs.
Pulliam Pools is a premier Houston pool builder. Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your new construction eco-friendly pool. We are happy to say we are keeping up with the 2018 eco-friendly pool trends and look forward to helping you decide which 2018 eco-friendly pool trend is best for you.
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