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The Difference Between A Heated Driveway And An Ice Melt

Concrete Safe Ice Melt

There are many different chemicals that you can use to melt ice, but what if they’re not safe? Chloride-based ice melts are widely used due to their low cost and effectiveness. However, there has been growing concern in recent years regarding their environmental impact on aquatic life as well as on humans when they come into contact with chlorides. They are often called poisonous salts. These concerns have led some homeowners to consider alternatives, which are non-chloride based ice melts. In order to determine which type of ice melt is best for your driveway and the environment, let’s take a closer look at each option!

In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of these products and compare them against one another so you can decide what works best for your situation:

Cost of Heated Driveways

Heated driveways are more expensive than the poisonous salt. Heated driveways are more expensive than ice melt. That’s because they use electricity, which isn’t free in most places. So it costs you money to heat your driveway—which, of course, means that there is a big difference between the cost of heated driveway installation and the price of installing an ice-melt solution in place of traditional salt or sand methods (or even using nothing at all).

Eco-Friendly Ice Melt

Safe Paw Ice Melter Safe For Concrete

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The Original and the #1 Pet and Child Safe Ice Melt for over 20 years. Guaranteed environmentally safe – will not harm waterways and sensitive wetlands.

But what about those who want their home to look nice but don’t care about paying extra for heating their driveway? When you consider your neighbors’ envy-inducing winter walkway while they’re slogging through slushy frozen puddles on the sidewalk outside their house or apartment building… well then maybe it might just be worth it!

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Chloride-based poisonous salt

Sodium chloride is the most common type of ice melt poisonous salt, and it can be found in a variety of products. It’s made from rock salt and is biodegradable; however, it can be harmful to pets and wildlife if they ingest it. Plants absorb sodium chloride through their roots, which can damage their ability to thrive in your landscaping.

The salt left behind by using sodium chloride can also corrode concrete and asphalt driveways over time. This is especially problematic if you have a blacktop or rubberized driveway because they will absorb more sunlight than other types of pavement surfaces do (this causes them to heat up faster).

Gaia Enterprises Inc. delivers 100% pet-safe and environmentally friendly winter products. Safe Paw, our flagship product, is the #1 selling pet-safe ice melt that does not harm pets, safe if ingested, and safe on all types of concrete.


Use Safe Paw on hard surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and brick. It’s not recommended for use on grass or other soft surfaces.

Apply Safe Paw to your driveway immediately after snow falls and before it’s covered with ice. The sooner you apply it, the more effective it will be in preventing an accumulation of ice-related damage to your vehicle and other property.

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Other Ice Melt Products

Traction Magic

Stay safe on slippery surfaces with a product that’s 100% natural and safe for pets, people, and your property. Use Traction Magic on sidewalks, steps, or as instant traction for your car.

Traction Magic Road Salt Alternative

Safe Thaw

Imagine an ice melt you can put down and never worry about. It won’t harm pets, kids and your property. That’s Safe Thaw. Unlike anything else on the market, Safe Thaw can change how winter affects our planet.

Safe Thaw Ice And Snow Melter

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