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Phillips Hardware Tips: Ice Melting


Know your Ice Melter and Shovels facts for this Winter


The name brand will vary between your local hardware stores but there will normally be a rock salt, calcium blend and calcium concentrate and an alternative ice melter product. Your local hardware store clerk can explain it in more detail if needed.


Rock Salt - Works effectively to 20 degrees

Economical for large applications. Corrosive to concrete over the long term. White residue left behind.


Road Runner - Works effectively to minus 15 degrees

Economical “chloride” product. Contains Calcium and Magnesium Chloride pellets. Generates melting heat when exposed to moisture (liquid or frozen). Safe on streets, driveways, sidewalks, and concrete steps. It is colorless and odorless when dissolved.


Prestone Driveway Heat - Works effectively to minus 25 degrees

Premium concentrated blend of primarily Calcium Chloride for faster action. It melts 4 times more ice than equal weight of Rock Salt. Safe on streets, driveways, sidewalks, and concrete steps and will not damage trees, shrubs or grass.


Ice B Gone Magic - Works effectively to minus 30 degrees

Starts out as ordinary rock salt, then is treated with a liquid, agricultural by-product of the distilling process blended with magnesium chloride. It does not refreeze because the brine stays fluid. It is safe for concrete, landscape and pet friendly and doesn’t track like other products. 90% less corrosive than salt and leaves no visible residue and is safe to handle.

Visit Any Of The Phillips Hardware Locations

Delmar Location

235 Delaware Ave,

Delmar, NY 12054

Phone: 518-439-9943

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm


Voorheesville Location

18 South Main St,

Voorheesville, NY 12186

Phone: 518-765-2377

M-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm


Altamont Location

6495 Rt 158,

Altamont, NY 12009

Phone: 518-861-5364

M-Sat 8am-6pm

Sun 9am-5pm


Schenectady Location

1729 Union Street,

Schenectady, NY12309

Phone: 518-346-4383

M-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-3pm


Waterford Location

42 Saratoga Ave,

Waterford, NY 12188

Phone: 518-233-1073

M-Fri 8am-7pm

Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm



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