Rock Salt vs. Stone Grit

As winter weather continues to slam the northern New Jersey area, ice and snow melt products, particularly rock salt, has become in short supply. Consumers, both individuals and businesses, need to look elsewhere to find a good ice and snow melt product.

One of the best alternatives that we have found is stone grit. It provides many of the same great qualities as rock salt, all while providing some additional benefits. The product is readily available and does a good job of providing traction for both vehicles and foot traffic.

Although you may be forced to choose between the two, they actually complement each other beautifully when combating snow and ice. You can mix rock salt and stone grit to provide additional traction and to extend how long your rock salt will last.

Rock Salt vs. Stone Grits – Which One Is Better?

The issue that many people are currently facing is that they don’t have the option to choose between rock salt and stone grits. We’ve compared the features of both products so you can better understand the benefits of each option:

  • Traction – Rock salt takes some time for the chemicals to begin melting snow and ice and the temperature needs to be 15 degrees and rising. Stone grits provide traction immediately. As traffic comes in contact with the grit the friction will allow it to generate some heat which will help to melt a wintry mix. Stone grit is a much better product for traction, for both vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Environmental Concerns – Rock salt is going to deteriorate hard surfaces and harm plants and grass. This is one of the major drawbacks of using rock salt. The stone grit product is environmentally friendly and mostly inert in the environment. It is a much better product to use when environmental concerns come into play. Stone grits are non-polluting and non-staining.
  • Dangerous Surfaces – Any type of rock salt will eventually turn the snow into slush which can create an unsafe and slippery surface. Stone grits will help provide traction and keep the area from becoming a slick mess.
  • Price – As with many products when there is a shortage prices can vary wildly, if you can locate the product at all. Stone grits are a viable alternative that is readily available and priced very affordably at most times.
  • Mixing Abilities – Many contractors and homeowners will choose to mix rock salt with stone grits to provide additional traction on the road and to conserve the rock salt they have left. As rock salt shortages grow, you must carefully consider how you can conserve your supply without jeopardizing someones safety. By mixing stone grit and rock salt together you can achieve both of these goals, which is why we recommend stone grit.

Should I Choose Stone Grits or Rock Salt?

The easiest way to handle your ice and snow melt issues at this time is to use stone grits. They can be used across a variety of locations and can be found at any stone supplier. Braen Stone has stone grits available for all of your rock salt and ice melt needs.

You can be sure to get the proper product at the best price for your application from Braen Stone. They offer bulk delivery to a wide area on quantity orders. The company also has product that you can pick up at several locations.

With rock salt being such a scarce commodity due to the winter weather you should speak with a Braen Stone specialist to discuss your stone grit options.


By | 2016-01-21T11:27:45+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Stone Grit|0 Comments

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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.