Many factors need to be borne in mind when it comes to on the type of water you would like to make the most of your fibreglass pool. If you are in any doubt, we are going to explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of saltwater pools and how they differ from freshwater pools.
Inconveniences of saltwater pools
The first thing you need to know is that saltwater pools require a salt chlorinator to be installed to control the percentage of salt and transform it into sodium hypochlorite: a gaseous chlorine which, once it has eliminated the impurities in the water, is converted back into salt.
Their routine maintenance is considered to be one of the main disadvantages of saltwater pools, but it is necessary.
- Salt levels fluctuate and can be lowered by simple causes such as rain or the movement of water from splashes.
- On the other hand, excessively high salt levels can cause corrosive damage to steps, handrails and other metal items. For these reasons, it is necessary to check the salt and pH levels of the water every day and maintain the salt chlorination system in perfect working order.
- We also need to bear in mind that many people do not like bathing in saltwater pools even though it is more beneficial for the skin than freshwater pools treated with their corresponding chemical products.
The disadvantages of saltwater pools are few and easily remedied. However, there are many benefits to enjoying a dip in salt water.
Benefits of saltwater pools
Bathing in a saltwater pool is very soothing. Your eyes do not get irritated, and your skin does not suffer from the effects of chlorine, an unavoidable disinfectant in freshwater pools. Hair stays soft and it does not cause allergies. There are many benefits and very few disadvantages of saltwater pools.
- Salt is much cheaper and less is needed than the amount of products used to disinfect a freshwater pool.
- No chemicals are used, which is much more environmentally friendly and does not damage the grass surrounding your pool.
- The smell of the salt water is very pleasant as it contains only around 10% of the amount of salt found in sea water.
- It is a softer water that does not irritate your skin or hair.
The initial disadvantages of saltwater pools become savings in the long term.
Our fibreglass pools are fully compatible with both types of water.
We have a wide range of fibreglass pool in our catalogue that are suitable for both fresh and salt water.
Prefabricated polyester fibreglass pools have completely smooth, pore-free walls, which means that fewer chemical products are needed to keep the water clean and fresh for longer, regardless of the type of water or filtering system.
The innovative technology we use in the manufacture of the shell reduces maintenance, avoiding one of the main disadvantages of saltwater pools.
Saltwater pools use common salt to disinfect the water. A cheap, natural product that will keep your pool in perfect condition.
The electrolysis process makes salt water suitable for bathing.
By means of a salt chlorinator, the salt is turned into chlorine, sodium hypochlorite to be precise, a disinfectant that does not allow the growth of algae, bacteria and other pathogens, which eliminates one of the possible disadvantages of saltwater pools.
Saltwater pools are more ecological and sustainable
The salt chlorination system first turns the salt into chlorine and then back into hypochlorite. When this decomposes, it is turned back into salt, achieving a sustainable and ecological cycle that preserves the environment and provides great savings in the long term.
The initial installation cost of the filtering system for a saltwater pool may well be higher than for a freshwater pool. However, the water quality is excellent, salt chlorinators are more natural and ecological, and the use of chemicals is avoided.
The apparent disadvantages of saltwater pools will, without doubt, turn out to be a very sound investment in the long term.
All our models are suitable as saltwater pools.