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Mineral or Salt Water Fiberglass Pools? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Picture this: a backyard pool that not only sparkles under the sun but also offers a silky-smooth swim every single time. This isn’t just about aesthetics or comfort—it’s about choosing the right sanitization system to ensure your pool remains a clean, safe, and enjoyable retreat. For many pool owners, the decision comes down to two popular options: mineral water and salt water systems. Each has its unique benefits and drawbacks, making it essential to understand their differences to make the best choice for your fiberglass pool.

What are Mineral Water Pools?

Mineral water pools use minerals like copper for sanitization. The copper mineral stick, combined with a chlorine backup puck, offers a similar silky feel to that of salt water without the corrosive issues. This makes it a preferable option for many, especially those using auto covers, as the corrosive gases from salt can damage the covers over time.

Pros of Mineral Water Pools

  1. Non-Corrosive: Copper-based systems are less corrosive than salt water, reducing the risk of damage to pool components.
  2. Silky Water Feel: Provides a pleasant, silky feel similar to salt water pools.
  3. Effective Sanitization: The combination of copper minerals and chlorine pucks ensures clean and safe water.

Cons of Mineral Water Pools

  1. Initial Cost: Mineral systems can be more expensive to install compared to traditional chlorine systems.
  2. Chlorine Backup: Although the chlorine levels are lower, you still need to use chlorine pucks as a backup, which requires regular monitoring.

What are Salt Water Pools?

Salt water pools are a popular choice for many pool owners due to the silky feel they provide. These pools use a salt chlorination system that converts salt into chlorine, which helps to sanitize the water. However, salt water pools can be corrosive, especially if the pool water gets out of balance. This can lead to damage to pool covers and other components.

Pros of Salt Water Pools

  1. Silky Water Feel: Many people enjoy the smooth, soft feel of salt water.
  2. Lower Chlorine Levels: Salt water pools generally have lower chlorine levels compared to traditional chlorinated pools, which can be gentler on the skin and eyes.

Cons of Salt Water Pools

  1. Corrosive Potential: Salt can be corrosive, potentially damaging pool covers, fixtures, and other components if the water balance is not properly maintained.
  2. Maintenance Requirements: Salt chlorinators require regular maintenance and can be costly to repair or replace.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mineral Option

When selecting a mineral option for your pool, you generally have two choices: copper or salt. At Hinkle, we prefer using copper with the Nature 2 system. This system not only provides excellent sanitation but also ensures the water remains clean and silky.

The Nature 2 System

The Nature 2 system is a comprehensive pool sanitization solution that combines copper minerals with chlorine pucks. This combination ensures effective sanitation without the corrosive effects associated with salt water pools. The system includes a copper mineral stick that continuously releases minerals into the water, and chlorine pucks that provide a backup to keep the water clean and safe.

Cartridge Filter

In addition to the Nature 2 system, we use a cartridge filter for optimal water cleanliness. The cartridge filter system includes four cartridges that the water passes through before returning to the pool. This process effectively cleans the water four times, ensuring it remains crystal clear and safe for swimming.

Benefits of the Nature 2 System and Cartridge Filter

  1. Enhanced Sanitation: The combination of copper minerals and chlorine pucks provides robust sanitization, keeping your pool water clean and safe.
  2. Silky Water Feel: Similar to salt water pools, the mineral water system offers a pleasant, silky feel without the corrosive effects.
  3. Improved Flow Rate: The cartridge filter system allows for a higher flow rate compared to sand filters, ensuring more efficient water circulation and cleanliness.
  4. Reduced Maintenance: With fewer corrosive elements, the Nature 2 system reduces the risk of damage to pool components, leading to lower maintenance requirements over time.

In Summary

Deciding between a salt water and a mineral water fiberglass pool depends on your specific needs and preferences. While salt water pools offer a pleasant feel, they come with potential corrosive issues. Mineral water pools, particularly those using the Nature 2 system with copper sanitization, provide a similar silky feel without the corrosion, making them a great alternative.

For more information on choosing the best sanitation system for your fiberglass pool, contact us today. Our experts are here to help you make the best decision for your mineral or salt water pool, ensuring its longevity and your enjoyment.

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