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Deicing vs Anti-Icing: Is it the same?

June 2, 2022
Deicing vs Anti-Icing: Is it the same?
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For anyone living in a state that suffers particularly harsh winters, the annual deicing and snow removal conundrum can be a real headache. That is if they don’t already know about Earth Development and our team of highly experienced snow removal experts!

Business owners are faced not just with a huge selection of snow removal contractors, but also with a range of service options. These range from deicing measures to anti-icing measures, and while they might sound the same, they’re actually very different. Understanding the difference between them is important, too!

A reputable, reliable snow contractor like Earth Development will always ensure you know what to expect and what services are best for you, but a company looking to make a quick buck will either do whatever you specifically ask for or upsell you on something you don’t need.

Before we talk about why you should find a company you can trust, let’s take a look at the differences between anti-icing services and deicing.

The Big Difference You Didn’t Know About

Snow contractors split their work into two – preventative treatments, and post-snowfall services. Preventative treatments include anti-icing services, which involve applying chemicals and other products to a surface before a snowstorm takes place or the temperatures drop dramatically.

Anti-icing treatments are designed to make your life easier, making it harder for water to freeze on your parking lot and outdoor surfaces, and reducing the chance of accidents. It’s really one of the best services on offer because it ensures you’re always prepared for bad weather, and you don’t have to spend time worrying about removing ice and snow in the morning after a snowfall.

Deicing is quite different. While this service is still extremely important, it takes even more skill to pull off well. Once the ice has already formed on a surface it is harder to get rid of, but deicing products help melt the ice and snow on that top layer. It will also involve snow removal services, often with the use of snowplows in large areas like parking lots of shovels when clearing driveways.

Anti-icing treatment helps stop snowfall from causing chaos for your colleagues, customers, and clients, while deicing treatment helps manage more severe snowfall and help clear the way for properties that didn’t already have anti-icing coatings on their roads.

Anti-Icing and Deicing

Why Both Methods Are Important

Both methods are important. Even with anti-icing treatment, deicing ensures that everyone is safe to use your outdoor space as normal, but the pre-treatment means the job gets done more quickly.

Any business that wants to ensure minimal disruption should consider taking advantage of both deicing and anti-icing services. It reduces the amount of time needed to clear snow, and with a regular maintenance contract with a local, reliable company, you’ll get quick and effective snow removal, sanding, and gritting as soon as you need it.

We’re Your Local Snow and Ice Experts

Still not sure what you need? Don’t fret! At Earth Development we have years of experience working with companies big and small. We provide deicing and anti-icing services with our dedicated team of professionals and fleet of vehicles and tools.

For more information about what we can offer, and for help figuring out which options are right for your business, give us a call today. You can also reach us online for a free quote, and we’ll even be happy to attend your property to show you what we think would work best for you!

Eddy Zakes
Eddy is a distinguished expert in the snow removal and landscaping industry, boasting over 20 years of experience. As an Advanced Snow Manager certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), he is dedicated to upholding the highest industry standards. His strong commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of improvement makes him a trusted voice in the snow removal and landscaping.
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