Differences Between Alaskan Premium Ice Melter, Rock Salt and Sand

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What is the difference between ice melter and rock salt

It's only a matter of time before ice and snow set in for a few months. If you haven't already done it, you should think about how you're going to protect your family against slips and falls this winter. Various options are available on the market to de-ice steps, walkways and driveways, including Alaskan Premium Ice Melter, rock salt and sand. This article will help you see the differences between all three so you make the best choice next time you need to buy a product.

Features of Alaskan Premium Ice Melter, the #1 choice of consumers

  • Contains the new TrueBlue™ technology, which adds a liquid de-icing agent to the sodium chloride (salt) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) flakes
  • Melts 2x more ice
  • Melts ice 2x faster
  • Penetrates ice 2x deeper
  • Works at temperatures as low as -35 ᵒC
  • The regular, medium-sized granules break the bond between ice and the surface, which makes it easy to remove the ice that has turned to slush.

Alaskan® is Canada's #1 ice melter brand: compared to other de-icing products at temperatures of -10°C and colder, Alaskan Premium melted more ice per hour

  • Our TrueBlue™ marker is even more visible, so you can more easily see where you’ve applied the product.
  • Gentle on concrete, grass and vegetation when used as directed.
  • Alaskan also offers a Pet Friendly Ice Melter that was developed in close collaboration with a veterinarian.

The new product’s formula, effective down to -26 ᵒC,  is a blend containing calcium chloride, sodium chloride and a hydrating agent that’s entirely safe for your pet’s paws. Try it, you’ll love it!

Features of rock salt

  • Inexpensive
  • Made up of halite (natural mineral form of sodium chloride)
  • Does not start acting as quickly as Alaskan Premium Ice Melter
  • Only effective down to -15 °C
  • Can be harmful to pets
  • Results are sometimes inconsistent
  • Damages concrete
  • Harmful to vegetation

Features of sand

  • Inexpensive
  • Gentle on asphalt, concrete and vegetation
  • Anti-slip
  • Does not melt ice
  • Messy