Rock Salt vs Ice Melt
With the holidays coming around the corner, it is an excellent time to start planning for your winter needs! We all understand the challenge of keeping our feet under us in icy and snowy weather. When there is a fall risk, it is essential to ensure that you are taking adequate precautions to keep everyone safe. Historically, laying down rock salt or ice melt has been an effective way to keep the slippery ice from accumulating on your sidewalks and driveways. As chemical technology advances, new products for melting ice have appeared on the market, and it can sometimes be challenging to decide which product to use for your home or business. To determine the best option, you should understand how the different products work to reduce ice coverage.
Rock Salt: Sodium Chloride
Sodium chloride, otherwise known in the industry as rock salt or Halite, is chemically equivalent to your regular table salt. Rock salt is an inexpensive and effective de-icer at temperatures down to 15-20º F. The salt penetrates the ice and mixes with melted water to form a brine, which then breaks the ice away from the pavement and allows you to shovel it away. This is an effective method for climates where the ice is unlikely to melt and freeze again, and where the winter weather does not tend to drop below 15º F.
Ice Melt: Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride
For those areas with less reliable winter weather, ice melt is an effective alternative to rock salt. Ice melt products have a different chemical composition, such as calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. In addition to reducing the freezing point of water, as with sodium chloride, the chemical compounds in ice melt react chemically to produce heat, resulting in a much quicker melting process. Furthermore, ice melt tends to be less corrosive on concrete surfaces, and calcium chloride is effective at much lower temperatures – as low as -25º F!
Which De-Icing Product is Best For You?
When choosing the best product for your ice removal needs, it is crucial to consider the way each product interacts with the ice and surrounding environment. Planning for your winter safety needs will ensure that you have the best possible solution to winter weather difficulties and a safe holiday season. Visit our site for more information on ice removal options for your home and business!