Winter is just around the corner, and that means you’ll be navigating slippery sidewalks and driveways before you know it. Ice builds up quickly, and the sooner you can get rid of it, the safer your property will be. When it comes to de-icing agents, you have the choice between chemical-based ice melt and natural salt. Though both will work to remove ice, salt is the safest and most effective way to clear your concrete surfaces this winter. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Choose Salt Over Other De-Icing Products
When properly cured and sealed, concrete is incredibly durable and can withstand both salt and chemical ice melt without being damaged. However, chemical melting agents contain harmful ingredients that can damage your landscaping and put kids and pets at risk. Using bagged salt instead allows you to melt even the stubbornest ice without putting as much strain on the environment or risking the health of your loved ones.
How to Properly Use Salt
Before spreading a layer of salt on the ice, you’ll need to prepare the pavement. Grab a snow shovel and remove as much of the powder and ice as you can. Shovel it to the sides of the walkway and clear the path. Then, spread a light layer of salt along the surface. Salt naturally lowers the freezing point of water, thus allowing the ice to melt even if it’s cold outside. Once spread, the salt crystals work together to penetrate the ice all the way down to the pavement beneath. Though it may take a few hours for the ice to clear, spreading salt on concrete walkways will help make them safer for the whole family.
Looking for quality de-icing products to keep your home in good shape this winter? Contact Nordonia Landscape Supplies in Northfield, OH. Specializing in bagged and bulk salt, they’ll make sure you have everything you need to stay safe on your walkways this winter. For landlords and property managers, they’re open 24/7 during inclement weather so you never have to worry about running out of sidewalk salt right when you need it. Learn more about their services online or call (330) 467-7258 to speak with a member of their team.