4 Highway Deicing Mistakes That Contractors Must Avoid

It’s been a brutally hot summer, and we’re expecting an equally cold winter. Freezing temperatures paired with high volumes of precipitation means that contractors should start making plans for keeping the major road systems and highway networks free and clear of snow and ice in the coming months. Unfortunately, throughout our many years of experience, we’ve seen countless contractors make grave mistakes when it comes to highway deicing throughout NJ and its surrounding areas. These mistakes can compromise safety while negatively impacting contractor budgets. No matter how big or small your deicing business may be, it’s very important that you take the time to understand what these mistakes are so that you can avoid them in the upcoming winter season. In order to help you be as successful as possible, we’ve compiled a list of 4 common highway deicing errors that NJ contractors make, why they are so problematic, and how to avoid them.

1. Choosing the Wrong Product

One of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen contractors make when preparing for highway deicing is to select the wrong ice melting material for the job. Because the winters in NJ and its neighboring areas can be so cold, you need to make sure that your deicer is capable of working in the most frigid temperatures. It’s also imperative that you select a fast-acting ice melt that will begin quickly to work to break down ice and snow while also lowering the freezing temperature in order to prevent future ice formations. In areas where agriculture and environmental safety is a concern, you’ll also need to select a commercial ice melt that has been formulated to be safe for use around plant life and vegetation. It’s always a good idea to look into all of your options before selecting a product to use for highway deicing in your locale.

2. Waiting Til The Last Minute To Buy

Don’t be one of the many contractors who puts off buying rock salt and other ice melting materials until the last minute. Waiting until the first snowfall is forecasted could seriously hurt your business. Because weather patterns can be so unpredictable and change so suddenly, it’s imperative that you be prepared for anything BEFORE the winter season even officially begins. Not only will you be ready to step up to the plate and clear roads and highways at a moment’s notice (which will keep you a step ahead of the competition), but you also may be able to cut down on your expenses. In some cases, ice melt is priced more competitively before it becomes in high demand during peak season. You’ll also be able to save yourself a great deal of stress and hassle. The last thing you want is to have to try to rush out and order a bulk quantity of deicer with the mobs of other people who also waited until the last minute. Finally, buying in advance will allow you the peace of mind that you’ve got the supply you need on hand – even when the stores begin to sell out or during a rock salt shortage.

3. Ordering the Wrong Quantity

Avoid making the stressful and costly mistake of ordering the wrong amount of rock salt or ice melt. Underestimating your deicing needs means that you won’t have enough material on hand to properly clear the highways of snow and ice throughout the long winter months. Running out of ice melt partway through the season means that you’ll have to scramble to purchase more in order to keep roads and drivers safe. Ultimately, this causes you to lose out on bulk savings and can even mean that you’re out of a job should your region experience a rock salt shortage. Running low on ice melt can also cause contractors to under-apply deicer which can reduce safety conditions and lead to injuries and death. The best way to avoid tragedy and stress is to plan ahead and order the correct volume of ice melt. Making use of a reliable ice melt calculator can be a major help.

4. Improper Storage

One fatal mistake that many contractors make after purchasing a bulk quantity of ice melt for highway deicing is to fail to store the materials properly. After all, what good does it do you to have a truckload of rock salt if it becomes destroyed during storage? In order to ensure that your supply gets you through the full winter season, you will need to take a few simple precautions. First, you’ll need to select a storage facility where temperatures will not dip below freezing. If temperatures drop too low, it can cause clumping and can compromise the integrity of your ice melt. In addition to this, you should take care to ensure that the storage area will not be exposed to moisture. If ice melt becomes wet, it will activate and be wasted. It’s in your best interest to keep ice melting materials off of the ground or floor, and wherever possible, to store it in a sealed container.

Buying Highway Deicing Products in NJ

Now that you are aware of the common deicing pitfalls that plague NJ contractors, you’re ready to make smart decisions in order to avoid disaster. Braen Stone is here to help you throughout the entire process. We offer a massive inventory of high-quality rock salt and ice melting materials to suit a wide range of needs. Our team of experts is happy to assist you with the process of choosing the right product, and can offer advice on proper application techniques. We’re also able to help you calculate your ice melt needs to ensure that you order to correct quantity to get you through the entire winter season. Our ice melt is available by the bag, the pallet, and by the truckload. Feel free to visit our convenient NJ location to check out our inventory and discuss bulk delivery options throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC, PA, and CT.

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Dirk is a Project Manager at Braen Stone. He's an expert on a variety of construction materials and prides himself on helping the company meet the needs of companies large and small.