Icy driveways, sidewalks and roads can prove to be an extreme hazard in themselves, and can become even worse when paired with a hefty snowfall. With the use of one of our many top of the line techniques, allow Blade Runners to take the fear of slipping away and get ice issues under control.
With a de-icer, ice melt is able to attract moisture to itself forming a liquid brine, essentially generating heat and melting the ice. In order to become effective, the ice melt product must reach the pavement, allowing it to spread out and break the bond ice has created. Once it begins to loosen, the ice can be simply shoveled away.
Many variations of De-Icers can be advertised to be “the best” on the market, but in reality many of the choices are very similar in product make-up. A large majority of all de-icing products are composed of one or a blend of five products, usually blended to combine the superior advantages of each chemical involved.
All de-icers found on the market can cause potential harm to concrete, vegetation and the possibility to corrode metal. However, the benefits of ice melt products significantly weigh the disadvantages and when used correctly can prevent possible damage.
There are many natural alternatives on the market to eliminate icy surfaces, however they are mostly less effective even though they pose less detriment to pets and the environment. Many natural alternatives do not actually melt ice, but rather provide anti-slip qualities to increase traction.
Sodium Chloride: This ice melt, also referred to as rock salt is the least expensive option on the market and is also very efficient in producing results. When applied, rock salt will melt ice to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and aids in drying out icy surfaces. Longer residual effects than other products since it is courser. This product is not particularly harmful to concrete, but can cause destruction to vegetation and has been proven to be corrosive to metal.
Magnesium Chloride: is considered (by some) as the best total ice-melter that is less corrosive on metal surfaces, protects concrete from spalling, is less toxic and environmentally as safe as Calcium Chloride and much less corrosive than Sodium Chloride (rock salt).
Calcium Chloride: This traditional de-icer is able to melt ice to a potential temperature of -25 degrees Fahrenheit. As the product dissolves, it releases heat, melting the ice quickly, unfortunately leaving behind a slimy residue. This product has been proven to be corrosive to metal and may also cause damage to vegetation if exceedingly applied.
Urea: This product doubles both as fertilizers and an extremely effective ice-melting device. Urea is able to melt ice to a temperature of 15 degrees Fahrenheit. As like Calcium Chloride, if over-applied, this product may cause harm to vegetation.