Saltwater pools have gained popularity as an alternative to traditional chlorine pools – but there’s still a bit of mystery surrounding the name. Saltwater pools are not the same as seawater pools; rather, they still use a salt chlorination system to generate chlorine from salt within the pool water. There are specific maintenance requirements and not every pool is compatible with a saltwater system.
Let’s look at just a few saltwater swimming pool facts to help you better understand the benefits of saltwater pools – and if one is right for you.
The saltwater system in a saltwater swimming pool plays a central role in transforming ordinary pool water into a clean and refreshing swimming environment. Technically, saltwater pools are still chlorinated pools – they simply contain fewer chemicals leaving skin and hair feeling softer compared to traditional chlorine pools. From the advanced sanitization process to its low-maintenance design, saltwater swimming pools are becoming increasingly standard for residential swimming pools.
The salt in the pool water can lead to corrosion of certain materials, requiring careful selection of pool equipment and materials. The initial cost of installing a salt chlorinator system is typically higher than that of traditional chlorine systems, although many see it as a worthwhile investment in the long run.