'Saltwater' Ready Above Ground Pool Wall

Nathan8372

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May 13, 2020
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South Texas
Hello all! :geek:

We just retired our Intex Ultra pool due to the frame rusting into 1,000 pieces and are looking for something more permanent. I installed a SWG in early spring and it didn't take it long to rust the pool apart. We couldn't keep up with the standard chlorine pool and the SWG met our needs perfectly.

I read about bonding the pool and sacrificial metal etc. and understand it rather well. We found a pool on Royal Pools and The Pool Factory that are around $2,500. The size we are considering is a 15' or 18'.

My questions to you guys are:

  1. Does anyone have experience with the so called 'saltwater' approved pools with the galvanized, coated steel walls? And if so, can you elaborate on your experience?
  2. Does anyone have experience with the 'All Resin' pools?
I appreciate anyone's opinion about either options; as our fear is the wall will rust and crumble in just a few years (even though it's not in contact with the water).
 

cowboycasey

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Just so you know, all pools are salt water pools... most pools are right around 500 to 1500 ppm salt and rise at every addition of chlorine... your SWG pools are between 2500 to 4000 ppm salt so a little more than a normal pool..

All normal non coated metal will rust around a pool but it will depend on how much water gets in contact with the metal and how long it stays there... most of the time it is around the skimmer leaking a little minute by minute and rusts out the wall there within 3 to 5 years...

Your salt water pools and resin pools have a much better chance of living 15 to 30 years or more... the salt water pools have a much thicker piece of stainless steel skimmer and water return panel that can be replaced if needed...

The all resin pools have no way of rusting, except the thicker piece of stainless steel skimmer and water return panel that is used in them also..

I hope this helps :)
 
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Nathan8372

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Just so you know, all pools are salt water pools... most pools are right around 500 to 1500 ppm salt and rise at every addition of chlorine... your SWG pools are between 2500 to 4000 ppm salt so a little more than a normal pool..

All normal non coated metal will rust around a pool but it will depend on how much water gets in contact with the metal and how long it stays there... most of the time it is around the skimmer leaking a little minute by minute and rusts out the wall there within 3 to 5 years...

Your salt water pools and resin pools have a much better chance of living 15 to 30 years or more... the salt water pools have a much thicker piece of stainless steel skimmer and water return panel that can be replaced if needed...

The all resin pools have no way of rusting, except the thicker piece of stainless steel skimmer and water return panel that is used in them also..

I hope this helps :)
Thank you for your insight on this. We've racked our brains into thinking we will only get a few years out of it because of the coated steel wall design and the higher salt ppm when using a SWG. I understand that if you keep the water off of the walls then it would potentially increase the lifespan of the wall itself.
 

Tko818

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Thank you for your insight on this. We've racked our brains into thinking we will only get a few years out of it because of the coated steel wall design and the higher salt ppm when using a SWG. I understand that if you keep the water off of the walls then it would potentially increase the lifespan of the wall itself.
I coated all of the ins and outs of the tubing of my Intex pool with acf50 when I assembled it and then the deck around the pool also helps keep it pretty dry. I’m hoping that will buy me some time before any rust shows up. A neighbor has had his Intex pool for 5 years and it still looks great. I’ll be happy if I get 4-5 years out of mine
 
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Nathan8372

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I coated all of the ins and outs of the tubing of my Intex pool with acf50 when I assembled it and then the deck around the pool also helps keep it pretty dry. I’m hoping that will buy me some time before any rust shows up. A neighbor has had his Intex pool for 5 years and it still looks great. I’ll be happy if I get 4-5 years out of mine
Good idea - we had the Intex for about two seasons before converting it to saltwater; it was ate up in 5 months after but the maintenance was a dream!
 

mknauss

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Your climate in S Texas ( I assume you are near the Gulf) is far more corrosive to your pool structure and mechanicals than the salt in the pool water will be. Most important parameter to lessen pool issues is pH. Keep in the 7's.
 
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Nathan8372

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Your climate in S Texas ( I assume you are near the Gulf) is far more corrosive to your pool structure and mechanicals than the salt in the pool water will be. Most important parameter to lessen pool issues is pH. Keep in the 7's.
Thanks for your reply! We are about 30 miles from the coast near Corpus Christi and yes, the air is very humid here. We don't have much gulf salt in the air where I live but those closer to the coast do. Do you think the coated steel wall pools are acceptable for a SWG? If so, about how long should the walls last before they rust/fail providing everything is maintained and pH is kept in the 7's? Sorry for the repetitive questioning, just looking for personal experience/knowledge.
 

kimkats

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You rang??? LOL

My pool has been up since my join date! Everything is resin except the wall. When we went to replace the liner we found surface rust all along the middle of the wall. It was from the condensation between the liner and the wall. I wired brushed it followed by a good spray painting. Not sure how long that will last though. If we can afford it when the time comes we will be getting one of the pools that are ALL resin!!

It is the humidity that will do our walls in :(
 

zea3

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My pool story is in my signature. It lasted about 10 years before rust and Harvey did it in. Like Kimkats I had condensation between the liner and the wall and I think that is where the rust started. My liner never leaked and I used liquid chlorine as my sanitizer. If you go with a steel walled pool I would spray the inside wall with a good rust inhibitor for a little extra protection. Make sure the ground is graded away from the bottom rail and don't backfill against the outside wall with materials that allow water to stand. You want everything to drain away from the pool as quickly as possible. If you have the opportunity to get an all resin pool I would go for it.
 

Nathan8372

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My pool story is in my signature. It lasted about 10 years before rust and Harvey did it in. Like Kimkats I had condensation between the liner and the wall and I think that is where the rust started. My liner never leaked and I used liquid chlorine as my sanitizer. If you go with a steel walled pool I would spray the inside wall with a good rust inhibitor for a little extra protection. Make sure the ground is graded away from the bottom rail and don't backfill against the outside wall with materials that allow water to stand. You want everything to drain away from the pool as quickly as possible. If you have the opportunity to get an all resin pool I would go for it.
So it seems that about 10 years is going to be the average lifespan of the steel pool walls o_O. Of course, this can differ based on tons of factors and with your suggestions I think I can make an educated buying decision! I will let you know what we choose (hopefully we can find a resin at affordable price). :cool: