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

  • Exclusive blend of calcium chloride, sodium chloride and urea
  • Starts acting in seconds
  • Contains irregular-shaped granules that maximize the formation of brine as well as anti-slip ingredients for instant traction
  • Penetrates at least 44% deeper than any other ice melter or rock salt brand
  • Effective down to -31 °C (lowest working temperature)
  • Long-lasting
  • 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
  • Gentle on asphalt, concrete and vegetation when used as directed
  • Best choice for the environment

Also offered: Alaskan Pet Friendly Ice Melter, a salt-free blend that's safe for paw pads.

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