As the weather gets cold and the winter months arrive, it’s important to ensure that your business has the necessary products to melt snow and ice that might otherwise present your business with issues. Between rock salt and ice melt, however, which is the best option for your business?
In the latest blog from A.G. Maas, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed decision about the best product for your business.
Rock salt melts snow and ice by lowering the freezing points of the ice and breaking the seal between the ice and the pavement. When used on existing snow and ice, rock salt is effective at quickly melting these and providing a safer environment for customers and employees.
While rock salt is generally cheaper and as effective as ice melt, it’s also more corrosive. Rock salt will generally have a harsher effect on concrete, vehicles, and landscaping than ice melt. While ice melt is also corrosive, it will take much longer to cause damaging effects than rock salt.
Ice melt is often used in anticipation of inclement weather that could bring snow and ice. Many businesses will spread ice melt around the paved areas of their business to ensure that sidewalks and parking lots are safe to use the next day.
While ice melt is extremely effective when used before bad weather arrives, sometimes you won’t have the luxury of knowing when ice will arrive before it comes. When ice unexpectedly occurs, rock salt will be much more effective at providing an immediate impact.
Is Rock Salt or Ice Melt Best for Your Business?
While both rock salt and ice melt can be used to create safer concrete and sidewalks, choosing between the two ultimately comes down to if you prefer to be proactive or reactive. Rock salt is used to melt ice and snow that are already on the ground. Ice melt, on the other hand, is used before snow and ice arrive to keep them from sticking to the ground.
Take the time to talk with your team to determine what the best course of action is. Both are extremely effective ways to keep your grounds safe, but it’s important to take both the pros and cons into consideration to make a calculated decision.
Contact A.G. Maas for Rock Salt and Ice Melt
Before the snow and ice arrive this winter, ensure your business is prepared to fight back. You don’t want your company’s visitors to slip and injure themselves on your premises. While a slip due to ice can keep them from coming back to your business, it can also result in legal issues, as you’ll likely be liable for their injury.