Q: How does ice melt work?
A: Ice melts lower the freezing point of snow and ice below 32°F. This creates a brine that melts the snow.
Q: Which ice melt is right for me?
A: Consider your climate, budget and environment when you select an ice melt. Your products must work with your area's atmospheric moisture, average snowfall and temperature extremes, etc. Additionally, consider safety factors. Is simply melting the ice enough? Will you need traction or a color indicator?
Q: How can I prevent damage to my concrete?
A: When you apply ice melt to concrete, the concrete absorbs moisture. Slush that is not cleared away can refreeze. This naturally-occurring freezing and thawing cycle puts added pressure on the concrete. Remove slush to reduce the freezing and thawing cycle and the risk of flaking. Read the product instructions before use.
Q: Is ice melt safe to use around my vegetation?
A: All ice melts are safe to use around vegetation when the directions on the bag are followed. Greenscapes™ Ice Melt is a product option for those concerned about the environment. It is comprised of natural ingredients that are gentler on vegetation.
Q: What is the difference between ice melt pellets and flakes?
A: Ice melts penetrate the ice and snow to break the bond with the pavement. When pellets encounter a small area of ice, they quickly bore down to the surface. Flakes, on the other hand, have a larger surface area and penetrate slower.
Q: Can I apply ice melt to new concrete?
A: Ice melts should not be applied to concrete that is less than one year old.
Q: Do you recommend using ice melt on roofs?
A: No. The majority of ice melts contain chloride, which is corrosive and not meant for roofs or gutters.
Q: Why do some ice melts harden and clump in storage?
A: Weather affects ice melts. Ice melts do not like humidity, unstable temperatures or the elements. Calcium sucks the moisture out of the air and creates clumping.