No one can ever predict the severity of the approaching winter weather with any degree of accuracy but it is certain that we shall have our fair share of ice and snow. Even the mildest winters bring black ice that makes pathways slippery. Many homes have steep driveways or a number of steps leading to the front door that need to provide safety particularly for the young or old who are not so steady on their feet. Small businesses in particular need to be mindful of their customers’ safety. Yet even a small supply of rock salt purchased before the cold weather sets in is all you need to keep the areas around your home or business safe when unexpected ice or snow strike. It’s an economic, natural product that won’t cause any harm to the environment.

Rock Salt

All types of rock salt, technically know as halite, have formed from ancient inland seas that eventually evaporated leaving behind huge deposits of salt that became embedded deep below the surface of the earth. For centuries salt has been mined for a wide variety of purposes. In the UK, the major area for rock salt mining is in the north west of England and estimates suggest that there are enough deposits to keep our pathways and roads free of ice for the next five hundred years. It’s available in brown or white forms but what’s the difference?

Brown Rock Salt

When the salt layers formed they invariably had other minerals such as sand mixed in with them leading to various shades including beige, pink or brown. The most commonly used rock salt for roads and pathways is the brown form. As its colour indicates it contains a high proportion of sand or grit mixed in with the sodium chloride or salt. It provides excellent traction underfoot particularly for large areas or slopes. It is more effective than the white form at melting ice and preventing it settling again when there is a drop in temperature.

White Rock Salt

White forms of rock salt are of a finer consistency and contain much fewer additional minerals than brown rock salt. It is not quite as effective at melting ice and snow as the brown form and it’s not so easy to source resulting in a slightly higher price. However, it has advantages in that it won’t leave behind any gritty deposits leaving pathways and your hallway carpets clear of any mess.

Ready for Winter

Rock salt is ideal for keeping your paths and driveways clear of hazardous snow and ice. As natural products they won’t harm the environment either. Whether you choose brown rock salt as a highly effective safety measure or white rock salt because it doesn’t need sweeping away, rock salt of any kind is a wise investment for winter and it will even keep for next year. Contact Greenvale for your supply of brown or white rock salt.

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