Why You Should Consider A Salt Water Above-Ground Pool

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Why You Should Consider A Salt Water Above-Ground Pool

You’ve set your mind. You’re getting a pool, and the entire family rejoices. All the summer heat will become bearable, and you’ll create great memories.

And yet, you still have not decided what type of pool you want. Opinions are split. In-ground, above-ground, chlorine, salt water? They all come with amazing benefits and comparable downsides. None is perfect, and none is so flawed you should cross it off your list.

Choosing a salt-water above-ground pool could be the best decision. Below, you can find a few of its advantages:


You’ve seen this aspect being discussed before. Salt water pools tend to be more expensive than chlorine pools. But keep in mind that we are talking about the initial investment only. Over time, using salt as the main chemical responsible for your pool’s filtration system is much more cost-effective.

We know that your filtering system will need to be replaced sooner than a chlorine one would. But, on average, the purchase and maintenance costs over ten years is reduced by up to 40% for a salt water above-ground pool compared to a chlorine pool.


Even though listed as the second factor taken into consideration by many, health concerns should be your top priority when choosing between a chlorine pool and a salt-water pool.

Both filtration systems work by pumping chlorine into the water. However, if the chlorine system needs you to fill the tank and release higher amounts of the chemical into the water at once, the salt water system transforms salt in chlorine through electrolysis at a constant rate. This means you don’t need to spike the chlorine level in your water for it to be safe.

This aspect is crucial for people with sensitive skin. It is also important for those with breathing issues (bronchitis, allergies, and asthma). Salt-water pools maintain a constant lower level of chlorine, which does the job perfectly while protecting your health.

Salt Water Pools Don’t Cause Rust

There is a common myth out there that salt water causes rust more than chlorinated water. The answer is yes: if we’re talking about the ocean or sea water. But the levels of salt in a pool are as much as ten times lower than those in the ocean.

If you keep splashing around and don’t take care of the metal parts of your pool, they will rust the same whether you have chlorine or salt water. Maintenance is mandatory, no matter which type of pool you choose.


Maintaining a pool requires a bit of effort, regardless of your choice of water type, shape, or size. With salt water above-ground pools, however, you can reduce your maintenance to a minimum.

The filtration system needs no manual input, except to make sure there is enough salt in the tank. With chlorine pools, you usually need to add the chlorine manually and spike the levels occasionally, depending on the pool’s exposure to debris.

Warmer weather can also influence the accelerated development of bacteria and algae. This is easier to keep under control when you have a salt-water above-ground pool. It will not require higher quantities of chlorine.

All in all, the choice is yours. Both systems have their pros and cons. You are the one who decides what is best for your needs and family. Just take your time, compare them all, and enjoy your pool!

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