Mineral vs Salt – Which Swimming Pool Water Option Is Best?

Aug 11, 2021

Building the swimming pool of your dreams is exciting! Once you’ve chosen the design elements, the next part of the fibreglass pool installation process is deciding on a water cleaning and sanitation solution for your new pool. In other words, which type of filtration system do you want the pool builders to install to clean your pool water? Chlorine-based chemicals have long been the most common water filtration system for fibreglass pools. But while chlorine is effective for cleaning pool water, the chemicals can dry the skin and hair, sting the eyes, and have a distinctive chlorine smell. That’s why there are mineral and saltwater systems available.

Mineral vs Salt - Which Swimming Pool Water Option Is Best?
Mineral vs Salt – Which Swimming Pool Water Option Is Best?

What Makes A Mineral Swimming Pool?

A mineral swimming pool system infuses the water with 50% less chlorine than a chlorine pool and adds a magnesium-based mineral solution of magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride. The magnesium-based minerals work together to produce higher quality water than any other alternative, drastically improving water clarity. MagnaPool® is the pinnacle of mineral pool water.

Due to the high magnesium concentration, the minerals make the skin feel soft, silky, and luxurious. It can also restore skin elasticity, help with skin sensitivity, and reduce skin conditions like acne and eczema. Having a relaxing soak in a MagnaPool® has the added health benefits of reducing stress, boosting energy, and preventing tired muscles from aches, fatigue, and tearing.

What Is A Salt Water Swimming Pool?

You might be surprised to learn that saltwater systems are very similar to chlorine swimming pools. Saltwater systems mainly use chlorine to keep the pool water clean and sanitised. How saltwater pools add chlorine to the water is different. 

Saltwater sanitation systems use a special generator known as a saltwater chlorinator that converts the sodium chloride from dissolved salt into chlorine, which sanitises the pool water. Not only does this considerably reduce the amount of maintenance required, but you also don’t need to store toxic chemicals for your pool. Plus, saltwater pools don’t have a salty taste or leave a salty residue on the skin like the ocean.

There are a couple of drawbacks to saltwater systems – they can cost more to set up initially, and the salt can cause corrosion of pool equipment over time. Also, any water quality issues with saltwater pools can sometimes be more complex to rectify.

Benefits Of Mineral & Salt Water Swimming Pools

One of the most attractive elements of mineral and saltwater swimming pools is fewer chemicals involved. Instead, they use electrolysis to sanitise pool water which provides a hostile environment for bacteria, parasites, algae, pathogens, and infections.

Both of these electrolysis systems require much less maintenance than chlorine dosing systems. Plus, it’s kinder to skin, hair, and eyes than a chemical-dosed system, making pool water feel silky smooth and luxurious. Your local Narellan Pools pool builder can help you choose the best pool water for your new fibreglass pool.

Narellan Pools New Zealand

Both in-ground and free standing fibreglass swimming pools are built strong and don’t have any metal components that could corrode in the water. That means any water sanitisation system will work perfectly with every Narellan Pools fibreglass pool shell, so you’re free to choose whichever one will work best for your new swimming pool.Narellan Pools has manufactured and installed an incredible range of high-quality swimming pools and luxurious spas for almost 50 years. Our local network of highly experienced swimming pool builders will work with you to ensure you make the best water choice for your new pool. Talk to the pros at Narellan Pools today, and let us turn the pool of your dreams into a reality.

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