For decades bulk salt is tried and true, proving to be the best choice in fighting against the harsh winter conditions. Typically, when we think of sand, we imagine a warm beach or a sunny day at the park. However, did you know that the original safety measure against a slippery road surface was sand? Sand enhances safety by providing traction and combined with bulk road salt is the ultimate combination for a smooth commute. Snowplow contractors and landscape professionals who face the cold winter months will combat the elements with ease with the dynamic duo. In today’s article, we highlight the benefits of using sand combined with bulk road salt.
Benefits of Sand
It is essential to understand that sand alone will not melt ice or snow. It is used along with de-icers and bulk road salt. To use sand efficiently, it is strongly advised to pre-wet the sand. Using dry sand will end up in the surrounding environment, especially with the weather elements influencing its placement as well as passing vehicles. Pre-wetting sand with a liquid de-icer will help reduce the amount used and keep it adhered to the affected areas. Pre-wetting sand with a liquid de-icer will also help melt a small amount of ice under the abrasive layer. Sand is used ultimately to provide traction; it also helps prevent new ice from forming and does not have a negative impact on your vehicle. Sand has many benefits. It has the ability to work at various temperatures. Sand can be applied on any surface, no matter how thick the ice may be. However, if applied on snow, the grains will integrate with snow piles and must be reapplied, not the best-case scenario.
The ultimate combination
The goal is to not allow any amount of snow or ice to pile up. Of course, this will all depend on the weather. Once a storm has passed, and a sufficient amount of snow and ice has been removed, the addition of bulk road salt and sand for traction is the ultimate combination. The salt will be responsible for the ice melting action, while the sand will provide a better grip for driving conditions. Sand will be used when it is too cold for bulk road salt’s effectiveness, typically below -12°C, and will be applied on all major highways and areas subject to icy circumstances.
Many citizens’ common concern is where the sand goes after the ice has melted and warmer months are ahead. When spring arrives, the aggregate debris will be swept and cleaned, collected, and typically reused! The city of Barrie has adopted this plan of action. After the sand has been collected, it is screened, cleaned, and mixed with some salt and fresh sand for the next winter season.
Sand is not the answer for melting snow or icy weather, but it does help for a safe commute. Here at FSI Landscape Supply, we provide bulk road salt and sand to support your snow removal needs. Contact us today for our winter advice and supplies!