Best Ice Melts for Asphalt

Best Ice Melts for Asphalt

As winter approaches, it’s time to prepare for the cold. This is a great time to buy new coats and hats and make sure that your driveway is ready for the ice. There are many different types of ice melts on the market these days, but which one should you choose? In this blog post, we will look at 10 of the best ice melt for Asphalt.

Best Ice Melts for Asphalt

Granulated rock salt

This ice melt is the most effective for hard surfaces like concrete and Asphalt. You can apply this product by hand or with a spreader. It, however, needs to contact the surface to work correctly.
Rock salt comes from natural deposits of rock soaked in brine (saltwater). When you apply this ice melt on your driveway, it will evaporate moisture from the pavement. This leads to an extremely low freezing point. This product is less expensive than alternatives and also has very little impact on plants around your property. However, if there are pets or kids near where this ice melt was used, they should take precautions because this product can irritate some people when ingested or inhaled.

Sodium chloride

This type of ice melt is a little more expensive than rock salt. However, it is great on any surface and less toxic. This product costs more than the other ice melts for Asphalt because of the production process required to make this type of ice melt.

Double de-icing fluid

This solution should only be applied with a sprayer or pump-up pressure washer. There should already be significant snow or black ice accumulations present before applying this mixture else it will not work as effectively. This particular formulation mixes calcium chloride (a corrosive material) with potassium acetate, which has a much lower impact on plants around your property while still being able to prevent hard freezes from occurring in temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius (-35 Fahrenheit).

Magnesium chloride

This is another great ice melt for Asphalt. It is very effective at preventing black ice on your driveway and costs less than sodium chloride. It, however, has a higher impact on plants around the house where this product was used because of its corrosive nature. It is also not appropriate to use this ice melt on driveways used by pets or children because it can cause irritation when ingested.

Alumina Trihydrate

This type of ice melt is a little more expensive than sodium chloride. It has a lower impact on plants surrounding your property which makes it the best option for people with gardens around their homes. It also does very well at preventing black ice from building up in freezing temperatures.  The downside to using alumina trihydrate as an ice melt is that this product needs to be applied multiple times per winter season.

Acidic salt mixtures

These blends come in both liquid and solid form, so it’s important to read the label and make sure you’re purchasing the right one before using it. This type of ice melt is inexpensive and has a high impact on plants surrounding your property when applied because they are acidic.

What You Should Know About Ice Melts for Asphalt

When choosing the best ice melt for Asphalt, you will need to consider a few factors. These include whether or not you have pets or children on your property. You should also know that some ice melts are more expensive than others, and one is less toxic. You will want to read the label before you purchase an ice melt.

At NorthRock Minerals, we can help you choose the best for Asphalt. We have a great selection of ice melt for any surface. Call us today, and one of our staff members will explain to you which product best meets your needs.


Best Ice Melts for Asphalt