What De-Icing Product Should You Use on Concrete?
What De-Icing product should you use on your concrete?
The research shows a lot of pro’s and con’s depending on which product you use. Some de-icing agents will get the job done quickly but ravage your concrete sidewalks and stairs. Others may take some more time but are better for the environment. Please review our findings and let us know which products your using at your properties.
Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt) – is the most commonly used and available de-icer on the market. The drawback to this product is that it is also the most damaging as it will eat away at concrete. It can also potentially hurt soil in plants and gardens, as well is unsafe for animals.
Calcium Chloride – this product works very well at low temperatures and isn’t as damaging for concrete. The product typically looks like white pellets and melts ice very quickly.
Potassium Chloride – doesn’t work well at extremely low temperatures but for the traditional Mid-Atlantic winter months, it’s a great alternative to Sodium Chloride and Potassium Chloride because it is gentler on concrete.
Magnesium Chloride or CMA – this product is your best option because it is safe on concrete and wont harm plant life. The trick to this one is spreading it before ice forms. It’s much better at preventing water from freezing, but if you use it in the traditional way, the results could be a slush substance that would need to be shoveled.