De-Icing Winter Services: Liquid Deicer vs. Salt

back view of a salt truck, de-icer concept. Putting salt on an icy winter road

It's time for your asphalt to face its old nemesis: ice with winter weather upon us. The good news is that you've got a couple of options when it comes to fighting this age-old villain: salt and liquid deicer. Here are the pros and cons of each option, and a little advice on which might be best for you!

Pros and Cons

Winter services can make the difference between a safe, happy parking lot or driveway and a treacherous, damaged one--which means that it pays to do a little research. After all, your asphalt and the drivers and pedestrians who use it are all counting on you to put ice in its place!

Here are the pros and cons of the biggest de-icing tools: liquid deicer and salt.

Liquid Deicer

Pros:

  • Price

    Liquid deicer can be cheaper than salt due to the way the application is measured and priced. Because of this, it also opens up options for higher sustainability.

  • Safety

    Because liquid deicer is applied precisely and doesn't shift afterward, it has less opportunity to cause damage to plants and exterior surfaces.

Cons:

  • Efficiency

    Liquid deicer isn't the fastest-acting option available, so if you're in a time crunch, it may not be your best friend.

Salt

Pros:

  • Efficiency

    Salt works quickly and reliably. There's a reason it's the old fall-back!

  • Application

    Salt can also be applied with ease; that's good news if snow is actively falling and time is of the essence.

Cons:

  • Price

    Because there is a limited amount of salt available each year and local governments get priority, salt prices can be a little high.

  • Potential damage

    Unfortunately, too much salt can also kill plants, erode solid surfaces, and cause damage you might not even notice until the spring.

Want to learn more about de-icing and other critical winter services for your asphalt? Contact us today for all the help you need!

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