With spring on the horizon, your thoughts may be turning to the fun activities of summer…

For many of us, a pool serves as an entertainment zone, backyard feature and source of fun all-in-one.

There’s a modern trend to ‘chlorinate’ pools with saltwater, rather than traditional chlorine. These are marketed as easier to maintain, safer for the skin, and healthier for the environment too.

Will a saltwater pool be right for you? If you’re looking to banish the irritating effects of chlorination, and willing to invest a little in the new infrastructure for the pool, the answer could well be yes.

Today we take a closer look at saltwater pools – and whether they are right for you

Saltwater ‘chlorination’ was developed to help cut down on the irritation caused by chlorine systems.

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There’s no doubt that a saltwater pool is significantly better for your skin and hair, but they aren’t quite as easy to maintain as they’re often portrayed.

Your metallic pool features will be at a significantly higher risk of corrosion, and there is still a need for a strong maintenance cycle. You will also have to conduct regular water and pH tests.

Low cyanuric acid content can also lead to issues with concrete or plaster disintegration, whereas high will clog your filter, so regular monitoring is required

That said, use of a zinc anode can remove the corrosion risk, and the maintenance cycle can be easier to adapt to than a ‘normal’ pool.

Overall, saltwater chlorination is a nature- and skin-friendly way to keep your pool blue and your family active

Conversions can be done with relative ease, even DIY, if you decide it’s a route you’d be interested in taking, too.

Just be sure to do your research well beforehand, and decide if it fits into your busy lifestyle.