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Saltwater vs. Mineral Fiberglass Pools

Jul 31, 2021

The lazy days of summer are finally here. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you’re relaxing in a beautiful fiberglass pool from Narellan Pools in your very own backyard. When you dive it, what kind of pool water experience do you want? The traditional chlorine, the refreshing feel of saltwater, or the rejuvenating qualities of a mineral water pool? Narellan Pools offers saltwater and mineral sanitizer water care options as chlorine alternatives. But saltwater vs. mineral cleaning: Which one is best for your family? Read on to find out!

Can I Choose an Alternative to Chlorine with a Fiberglass Pool?

Both saltwater and mineral pool sanitizing systems have distinct advantages over chlorine systems, the most obvious being the sight of sore little eyes after a long day in the pool! But if you want to get technical, the main advantage of saltwater and mineral pools is that they use less chemicals, specifically chlorine. Saltwater filtration systems convert the sodium chloride (salt) into chlorine, while mineral pools use a combination of the minerals and chlorine to clean and sanitize the pool.

Despite the use of chlorine in saltwater and mineral systems, both systems produce softer, silkier water. Studies have also shown that saltwater and mineral systems are less irritable on skin, eyes, and your bathing suits. Choose saltwater or mineral pool water and your family will not only have less eye irritants, but your fiberglass pool won’t smell like a chlorine bath! Both systems are equally viable in fiberglass pools thanks to their adaptability and the lack of metal parts in the pool that could cause corrosion. Additionally, both types of systems require less maintenance than a chlorine-based sanitizing system. Fiberglass pools are extremely durable and puncture-resistant, which means less maintenance.

Saltwater vs. mineral systems have a lot in common, but there are some key differences. To help you choose the perfect pool water for your new fiberglass pool, let’s look at both options in detail.

Can I Put a Saltwater System in My Fiberglass Pool?

Yes! A saltwater system uses salt cells to set off a chemical chain reaction, which converts the salt to chlorine. That chlorine is then used to sanitize your pool. 

The main benefit of saltwater systems is that they are less irritable on swimmers with sensitive skin. Saltwater systems are also less expensive to run than chlorine pools because they produce their own chlorine. This means you save money and can keep your fiberglass pool sparkling clean without having to handle chemicals.

Saltwater systems require less maintenance, leaving you with more time to kick back and enjoy your pool, rather than clean it! That’s a big win!

That said, you may be concerned about corrosion. With a fiberglass pool you have nothing to fear. Much like boats on the ocean, fiberglass pools are made to last. Because they’re constructed as one large, solid piece, there are no metal fittings for saltwater to corrode. Furthermore, because fiberglass pool stairs and ledges are built in, there are no metal parts that could be exposed to potential corrosion from a saltwater system. Surface corrosion is also not an issue in fiberglass pools. Unlike gunite pools, which react abrasively to saltwater, fiberglass pools have strong and non-porous surfaces that hold up well with a saltwater system. Saltwater can affect the plaster paint that is commonly used in gunite pools. It can also stain the pool surface itself, but fiberglass pools don’t have these concerns.

So, you can see that a saltwater system has many upsides: no chemicals, softer water, and no corrosion concerns, just to name a few. That said, there’s also the mineral system. Minerals have been used in water for countless years. They have gained popularity recently thanks to their cleansing and rejuvenation qualities.

Should I Install a Mineral Pool System? 

In brief, a mineral sanitizing system uses mineral packs and some chlorine—about fifty percent less than a traditional chlorine pool—to keep your fiberglass pool clean. Like saltwater systems, mineral pool systems produce softer water with less irritants. There are other benefits to a mineral system that are less well known.

While a saltwater system uses one type of salt, there are many varieties of mineral packs to choose from. Most will include magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride. The mineral packs help the water feel softer and less irritating in various ways, which reduces skin irritation. Another benefit is that there is much less algae and bacteria because fiberglass pools have smooth and non-porous surfaces. Combine this built-in advantage with mineral pool water, and you have a system that will keep your fiberglass pool clean and sparkling with minimal time and energy costs.

What’s the Difference Between Mineral and Saltwater Pools?

There you have it: the two main alternatives to chlorine sanitization systems — saltwater vs. mineral pools. Now the only question is: how do you choose which system to use in your fiberglass pool? Luckily for you, Narellan Pools is here to help! Both systems provide softer and silkier water without irritants, and both will work swimmingly with a fiberglass pool. With less chlorine, there will be less damage to swimsuits. Plus, the water will be less damaging to eyes, skin, and hair. Imagine your kids enjoying your shimmering pool without needing goggles to protect their eyes against chlorine! Less chlorine also means less trips to the pool shop for chemicals, which will help save on pool maintenance and the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your fiberglass pool.

At Narellan Pools, we know that you only want the best for your fiberglass pool. With nearly fifty years of experience in the industry, we can help you find the perfect alternative to a chlorine sanitizing system. You can swim in ease and comfort, without worries about irritants, corrosion, cleaning, or maintenance. Call us at 888.342.766,5 or click here to get a free quote. Plan your dream pool today!

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