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Sand or Salt?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Kaptain_Kurt, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. Kaptain_Kurt

    Kaptain_Kurt Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 53

    My homeowners association does not want any salt put on their roads, just sand. They are afraid of destroying the 3 mi. of asphalt roadway they just paid $300,000 to have a 2" overlay installed. Do they need to worry about salt damaging the asphalt? Will it stain it, if not ruin it? Will sand do an acceptable job?

  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Yes, especially if it was done within the past year. Sand doesn't really do the job on asphalt, either. Since you're apparently supposed to use straight sand (no salt mixed with it), there will be no chance for the sand getting into the ice. It will just bounce to the side. What doesn't bounce when you put it down will get pushed to the sides by the car tires. If they are open to suggestions, you might want to discuss using a treated salt, which lowers the freeze point of salt, leading to less likelihood of damage. But I still wouldn't use even a treated salt the first year.

    Just make them aware of the limitations of straight sand and determine whether they will want a Spring cleanup of the sand pile on the road sides which will be an additional charge. (Sub it out, it's nasty work)
  3. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    check out a product called " Meltdown" That's what we will be using this year. They even use this for deer feed and other things. It will not hurt grass or concrete. Home this helps :waving:
  4. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    Salt will not harm properly installed asphalt. Curing is complete within a few days....