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What’s the Difference Between Mineral and Saltwater Pools?

May 13, 2021

If you’ve been researching pools for a while, you’ve probably come across a few sanitizer terms such as chlorine, saltwater, and mineral. These are your main choices for keeping your pool water clean and sparkling. Though most people have a pretty good idea of what chlorine is, there is less awareness about saltwater and mineral systems. In fact, some people assume that the two terms are interchangeable. So, what is the difference between mineral and saltwater pools? Here’s the 411 on each.

Let’s Talk Saltwater

Saltwater systems are becoming quite popular among pool owners who seek an alternative to traditional chlorine. It’s important to note, though, that using a saltwater system doesn’t mean you’re eliminating chlorine from your pool water. It also doesn’t mean that swimming in your pool will be like taking a dip in the briny ocean.

If you are new to the innovation of saltwater systems, you might not realize that the system converts the sodium chloride from your salt into chlorine. This means that it’s still mainly chlorine keeping your water sanitized. That said, saltwater system owners don’t have to handle chemicals when they’re sanitizing their pool. They add salt instead. They also don’t have the added expense of purchasing chlorine. 

Saltwater systems are known for producing softer feeling water that’s easier on eyes, skin, and bathing suits. Saltwater pools tend not to have that chlorine smell traditionally associated with swimming pools. This kind of system works wonderfully well in a fiberglass pool.

Let’s Talk Minerals

Another alternative to having a traditional chlorine pool is having a mineral system. While it may seem like a fancy new way to sanitize a pool, the reality is that using minerals in this way has been around for a very long time.  

If you think you’ll completely get away from chlorine with this type of system — don’t be too hasty. As with a saltwater system, mineral pools still have chlorine. With a mineral system, you’ll be adding both the minerals and some chlorine (though almost 50% less than in a traditional chlorine pool). The two work in combination to keep your pool water healthy.

Much like in saltwater pools, mineral pool owners enjoy a silky feel to their water. Mineral packs vary, but most include magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride. These minerals help to create that soft feel. And also like saltwater pools, the water in mineral pools is gentler on skin, eyes, and bathing suits. Of course, with mineral systems, you’ll still be buying and handling some chlorine — just not as much as with a traditional chlorine system.

As fiberglass pools are so adaptable, mineral systems also work well in this type of pool.

Choose the System That Meets Your Needs

One of the many benefits of having a fiberglass pool is that you are free to choose whichever sanitation system works best for you. Fiberglass pools are strong and don’t have metal components in the water that could corrode. This means that any of the sanitization systems are perfect for your fiberglass pool. If you’re ready to start discussing your fiberglass pool options, call us today at 1.888.342.7665. Narellan Pools is here to guide you through all the pool-design decisions, big and small. And with a spectacular selection of fiberglass pools to choose from, you are sure to find the ideal retreat to bring home to your backyard. Contact us today for your free quote, and start the journey to successful pool ownership with Narellan Pools.

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