Battle of the Ice Melt Products: Liquid vs. Granular

Battle of the Ice Melt Products: Liquid vs. Granular

Digging into Liquid and Granular Ice Melts and How they Compare at Tackling the Elements

During the winter months, conquering ice and snow is an inevitable challenge, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be unmanageably difficult. Having an arsenal of high-quality, commercial grade products can make a world of difference as you and your company prepare to take on the frosty months. No one wants the added stress of dangerous grounds and parking lots, so choosing the right products for your commercial applications is imperative.

With so many options out there when you’re talking about granular ice melt and liquid ice melt, there’s a lot to consider before stocking up. So let’s look at pros and cons of both to help you make sure you’re fully and confidently prepared with the best in commercial grade products before winter storms are knocking on your door.

The Pros and Cons of the Favorite - Granular Ice Melts

The most common deicer option out there is bagged granular ice melt.  You’ll find single-ingredient ice melts, one of the most popular being Calcium Chloride, and numerous blends of these single ingredients.  The blends are typically rock salt with something else that increases their speed and effectiveness at deicing.

Granular ice melts have long been a favorite for contractors and professionals because of its dependability when breaking down thick deposits of ice and snow. Liquid ice melts don’t work as well on those thicker problem areas. Granular is also readily accessible when in a pinch.

The Fast-Acting Contender - Liquid Ice Melts

Liquid ice melters are not as readily available but have found a niche with municipalities and large contractors.   Their efficiency and cost-effectiveness are winning the hearts of many. 

Since a liquid ice melt is already in the brine stage, it begins working instantaneously upon application! Most granular ice melts have to go through a chemical reaction to change into a brine before they can start working.  This is a massive pro for anyone needing to work quickly. But keep in mind that as the ice begins to melt, the brine will dilute and become less effective. For this reason, it’s also important to take note of whether or not any rainfall is expected, as precipitation will add to the dilution and cause the product to wash off of the treated area.

Another big draw to going with a liquid ice melt is it’s largely the more environmentally friendly option. There is no bounce and scatter into the landscaping or sensitive natural areas. 

It’s a Draw! Both Granular and Liquid Ice Melts are Victorious Against the Brutal Winter Elements

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to granular and liquid ice melts.  Both are essential tools enabling efficiencies in labor and product. It’s important to take the surface being treated and the surrounding area into consideration when ultimately deciding on the best product. Combining that with the product instructions will undoubtedly keep you ahead of the curve, whatever the winter months may throw your way.

Be sure to check out our full line of winter products to round out your commercial snow removal kit. Be the professional everyone trusts with only the most reliable tools in your line up all winter seaso

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