Ice Melt

Additional Information and Articles

EC Grow specializes in blended ice melting products where a composition of select de-icing products work in conjuction with one another to provide optimum melting performance. The percentage of each ingredient utilized in any given blend will dictate the quality, consistency, and appearce of the de-icing product.


The basis for the majority of blends on the market is Sodium Chloride as it carries a low cost and is readily available. It also performs down to relatively cold temperatures and can be activated by friction from tires or foot traffic. Sodium Chloride and Potassium Chloride both work by absorbing heat but do not generate heat themselves.


The low temperature melting and speedy activation of a blend is normally attributed to the Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride in the blend. These chlorides react faster and in lower temperatures than sodium chloride and potassium chloride as they benefit from hygroscopic characteristics (draw in moisture from the surrounding air to create heat). The higher the percentage of Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride in a blend, the faster the product will work.



The size and shape of ice melting granules is important to the overall performance of the ice melting blend. Ice melting granules comes in three basic shapes: crystals, pellets and flakes.

  • Crystals: The most effective, cleanest and easiest product to spread. Has the mass to bore through ice and snow. Activates quickly.
  • Flakes: A thick flake is a very effective melter as it benefits from both the increased surface area and the mass to bore through the ice and snow.
  • Pellets: When sized correctly, pellets are very effective. Large pellets have the ability to bore through snow and ice quickly which increases the melting performance and reduces the chance for slips and falls.



To avoid damaging the concrete, applicators should follow the application instructions on the back of the bag or container and remove the slush or pooled water that is produced as soon as possible. If the de-icing product is over applied, there will be a greater melting period and consequently more freeze/thaw cycles--increasing the chance for concrete damage. Do not apply ice melting products to new concrete.

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