In a pinch, salt is salt, right? While that may be true in a serious salt emergency, you are opening yourself up to a world of disappointment if you don’t take the time to find a credible and consistent source for your rock salt and ice melt supply.
Finding a long-term rock salt vendor is the difference between winter-long peace-of-mind and the constant anxiety of never knowing where you’ll get your rock salt or how much you’ll be able to find. As a business owner, property owner, or snow removal business, having a rock-solid rock salt vendor is a necessity when dealing with a Midwest winter. With that said, how exactly do you find a rock salt vendor that’ll last you through the winter, and the next, and the next?
Avoid the Big Box Retailers
As soon as the first flurries fall you might be tempted by the pallets of rock salt and ice melt that suddenly appear at the front of your favorite big-box retailer. Places like Home Depot and Lowes will have their snow melting supplies on full display, so why not just go with them?
High (and Fluctuating) Prices
If you purchase your rock salt from a retailer like Home Depot or Lowes you can expect to pay a premium. These stores know that the rock salt in their stores will be in high demand and the price tag shows it. The truth is, retail stores aren’t interested in supplying bulk salt to businesses that need it consistently. Instead, they’re selling to the impulsive crowd—the same kind of people that will be looking for an umbrella after it’s already started raining. They fix their prices to reflect that spur-of-the-moment buying. Furthermore, a credible rock salt vendor will offer to lock your salt price in for the season so there are no surprises.
Lack of Expertise
Retail employees are a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none bunch. While you might get lucky and find a floor representative that knows their salt, you’re more than likely going to know as much about the difference between magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride as they do.
Not all rock salt compounds and ice melts work the same. There are different brands and different compositions, which all operate best under different weather conditions. Having options and having someone that can spell those options out will mean you get the best product for your use-case. Big box retailers will typically have one or two options to choose from and that’s it.
No Delivery Option
Depending on your needs it might not be practical for you to pick up your own bulk rock salt on your own. Some of us, depending on our business and property, need 100s of pounds of salt over the course of a season. A good, local salt vendor will deliver this salt for you no questions asked. Big box retailers couldn’t care less.
No Supply Guarantee
Ever try to buy rock salt a day before a blizzard? Just like bread, milk, and toilet paper, you might find that you’re faced with bare shelves. Bad weather brings with it a sudden demand for rock salt. If you plan to reply on a big-box retailer’s supply, then you’ll find that they come up short in times of need. A dedicated rock salt vendor will never run out of salt and they’ll let you order ahead for the season so you’re never scrambling in the first place.
Find a Reputable Rock Salt Vendor in Your Area
It’s simple—our focus is on rock salt and ice melt. We’d be embarrassed if there was ever a time where we couldn’t find some for you. If you’ve bought from us even once before, then we probably even know you. As a vendor, we’ve found 20 years of success by building relationships; selling salt is the happy consequence of those efforts.
Big box retailers are great for a lot of things. They’re a convenient way to get what you need in short order. However, if you run a business or own property that is contingent upon snow removal in the winter months, then you shouldn’t be relying on the seasonal display at Home Depot for your livelihood. Come talk to us—we’ll help you estimate your needs before the winter even starts. If you find that you need more salt in the dead of winter, a few days before a blizzard, then we’ll do that for you, too.