I'm replacing my worn out Hayward 3/4 HP pump and Side piped DE filter with a Hayward 1 HP pump and Pro Series sand filter. Are there any filtering advantages to a side piped sand filter (a little more expensive) over a top piped sand filter?
Advantages I acknowledge for the side piped Hayward S244S Pro Series Side-Mount 24-Inch Sand Filter is less external pipe, external pipe bends and presumably lower pump back pressure. Disadvantage is the Side-Mount cylinder has two holes (side and top) where the Hayward S244T Pro Series Top-Mount 24-Inch Sand Filter only has one at the top - more to go wrong or possibly leak if top or side seal goes bad. Does it make a difference in filtering, back-washing or something I did not consider?
18x36 In-ground vinyl pool