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When is salt spreading used for roads

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When is salt spreading used for roads

When is salt spreading used for roads?

Because the weather and road conditions can get so cold in the winter in the UK, it is important to know what you can about salt spreading. 

  • That's because salt spreading has proven to be effective at helping to prevent dangerous road situations. 
  • It can help clear roads and other walkways etc., whenever the snow comes and it gets colder in the winter.
  • If there is a sudden drop in temperature and it gets much colder, you could easily slip, and it's important to be ready.
  • Taking steps to put out some salt can be sure that it improves the safety of the road or walkway.

It is easy to slip whenever there is some ice or frost, and it's important not to overlook prepared steps that you can take to try and prevent any injuries.

Road salt, also referred to as rock salt, is something that is widely used around the UK in the colder months and it's placed on paths, pavements, and the roads etc.

It helps to prevent the ice from forming on the roads, creating a safer environment.

Why Go With Rock Salt?

Rock salt has a lower freezing point than water, and once the salt is crushed upon impact it spreads across the road, across the ice, and it mixes with the ice.

Essentially, it is supposed to prevent ice from forming, and that is why so many people use it all around the UK.

  • Rock salt has a minimal effect when temperatures are roughly below minus five centigrade
  • Spreading the salt is important before the ice is formed so that it can help with prevention

You can find a variety of rock salt on the market today, including white pure salt and brown grit. 

Brown Rock Salt

Depending on which one you go with, they have different benefits. For example, the brown rock salt is said to be a very dry form of rock and salt grit.

Rock salt is useful because it enables operators to spread it easily on surfaces.

It also has a lower carbon footprint than the white option; it's cheaper too.

The downfall is that it can leave a lasting residue after treating different surface areas, though.

White Rock Salt

White rock salt is the cleaner option and will not leave the same residue. For that reason, many might prefer the white rock salt option in public areas, so they don't make a mess.

How much Rock Salt to use?

The amount to use depends on the area or surface you might be wanting to cover. It's suggested that hills and other inclines should be well covered, benefiting from a heavier amount dispersed there.

It's recommended that 10 to 15 grams be used per square meter. But if the weather is very bad, then you might want to spread, even more, about 20 to 40 grams per square meter.


We offer rock salt spreading throughout Aberdeen, Peterhead, Dundee and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link below to find out more about the areas that we offer road gritting in north Scotland.