Techo-Bloc Installation Guide: Retaining Wall Edition

Techo-Bloc retaining walls are all the rage in NJ and its surrounding areas. More than ‘just a wall’, these fabulous retaining wall systems are capable of completely transforming a property and increasing its total value.

When installed correctly, a Techo-Bloc retaining wall can help to protect the integrity of a home’s landscape, add depth and dimension to a yard, create more usable outdoor living space and create unmatched beauty for the property as a whole.

Of course, in order to realize these benefits you will need to know how to properly install such a wall. This Techo-Bloc installation guide for retaining wall systems will help you to achieve your goal of creating a stunning landscape that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors.

Choosing Your Materials

The first part of our Techo-Bloc installation guide will cover the basics of selecting the right retaining wall materials for you.

NJ homeowners love Techo-Bloc because the brand works hard to produce a wide range of wall blocks which are beautiful and durable enough to create unique retaining walls that will fit a wide range of needs and desires.

When selecting your retaining wall materials, it is important that you carefully consider the type of “vibe” or theme you are striving to create within the scope of your landscape.

Take care to ensure that the style of wall blocks you select will match up with these goals and will work well with any existing landscaping or architectural materials throughout your property. It’s usually a good idea to visit al local Techo-Bloc showroom in order to get an idea about how the materials look in person.

You might also request samples from Techo-Bloc in order to determine which color palette is right for your home. Finally, many Techo-Bloc Authorized Dealers and Contractors can provide access to Techo-Bloc design software tools which will better allow you to visualize the finished project.

To help spark your imagination and get you into the right frame of mind for following this Techo-Bloc installation guide for the design process, we’ve compiled a list of 3 of our favorite Techo-Bloc retaining wall materials:

  • Mini Creta – The Techo-Bloc Mini Creta wall block collection is among the most traditional product lines available. These blocks are perfect for homeowners who want to build retaining walls that will add to the warmth and welcoming “vibe” of their properties. Rich texturing, natural earthy shades and an aged finish will get you truly excited about these blocks.
  • Raffinato – If you’re into the idea of creating a modern, smooth and sleek design for your retaining wall, look no further than the Raffinato collection. These stunning blocks will give your home an upscale and clean look that you will fall in love with time and again.
  • Borealis Wall Blocks – Those who love the idea of natural beauty but who aren’t interested in the look of natural stone should turn their sights to the Borealis wall block collection. Although manufactured from concrete, these blocks look exactly like natural wood, offering a unique yet naturalistic appearance for any home.

Making Preparations

Before you can break ground and move on to the next phase of our Techo-Bloc installation guide, you’ll need to spend a little time making preparations for your project.

In addition to coming up with the perfect design and layout for your retaining wall system, you’ll also need to clear your plans with your local utility provider.

Schedule a visit from a utility professional who can assess your property and your plans. He or she will advise you about any underground pipes or cables that could interfere with your project plans so that you don’t end up with a major headache down the road.

You may also want to take steps to ensure that your new wall will meed local building codes and regulations.

Building Your Wall

Now that you’re ready to start building your wall, we’re able to move on to the meat and potatoes of this Techo-Bloc installation guide. By taking the following steps, you’ll find that installing your wall is fast and simple, allowing you to start reaping the benefits right away.

  1. Excavation – You’ll need to dig out a trench before you can start installing your wall. The depth of this trench will need to be calculated in accordance with the thick of the leveling pad, as well as the burial depth of your wall. Typically, you’ll need to plan for a minimum thickness of 6” for the leveling pad. Generally, at least 10% of the height of the wall will need to be buried in the ground.
  2. Clearing the Area – Make sure that you take the time to clear the trench of any large stones, roots, sticks, or other debris that could impair the structural integrity of the wall.
  3. Adding the Foundation – The base and sides of the trench will need to be covered with a geotextile fabric in order to prevent the growth of weeds. Once in place, a crushed stone aggregate (3/4”) should be spread in the trench as a foundation and compacted for a completely level surface.
  4. Building the First Course – Blocks of the same height should be used to build the first course on top of your leveling pad (foundation). Be sure to follow any predetermined layout plans for the proper placement of wall blocks. Make sure that the blocks are level and in alignment in all directions.
  5. Adding a Drain – Once the first course has been laid, this Techo-Bloc installation guide recommends that you lay down a 4” diameter perforated drain that will connect into your existing drainage system.
  6. Backfilling – Backfilling should occur at the rear of the wall with 3/4” crushed clean stone. Any cavities in the blocks should be filled with clean stone.
  7. Adding Subsequent Courses – Blocks should be cleaned before laying the next course. Connectors should be installed on the extremities of individual blocks. Backfilling should occur every 8” Take care to ensure that all subsequent courses are situated in such a way that the vertical seams align with those below.
  8. Finishing – Caps or coping stones should be applied where applicable, or else the final course of blocks should be installed to complete the wall. This course of stone will need to be fixed to the blocks below with a concrete adhesive.

If there’s any question about your ability to follow this Techo-Bloc retaining wall installation guide on your own, we suggest that you seek out the help of a professional, Techo-Bloc authorized contractor.

Building a Techo-Bloc Retaining Wall in NJ

We hope that this Techo-Bloc installation guide has proven to be helpful with your plans to construct a Techo-Bloc retaining wall. Once you’re ready to get started, the professionals at Braen Supply are ready to help.

Visit our local showroom to get a better sense for all of the Techo-Bloc materials we have. While you’re here, speak to our experts in order to obtain tips and advice on the wall construction process.

We can also provide recommendations on local Techo-Bloc contractors who can help you properly install your wall. Our materials are always available at competitive prices and can be picked up or bulk delivered to job sites throughout parts of NJ & NY and limited parts of PA & CT.

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It Is with Great Sorrow That We Announce the Unexpected Passing of Harry Lutz

On Wednesday, September 6th, a loving wife lost her husband, two young children lost their father and we lost a valued member of our team. Harry will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.

Harry joined Braen Supply in early 2013 as a regional salesman. He excelled at his career, driven by a natural competitive nature and desire to do the best he could for his customers. Harry was extremely thorough, always following through until the sale was complete and the customer was satisfied. Harry is leaving a void on the Braen Supply team that cannot be filled…

However, explaining Harry’s dedication and unwavering work ethic is best in his own words. Last week Harry wrote the following to Janet and Josh Braen in an email, “I truly enjoy my job and hope that I meet or exceed your expectations. I hope that I continue to sell more and more each year and to help grow this business. Your family has made this a second home for me and I plan on staying for a very long time!”

Harry will be gone from the everyday operations of Braen Supply, but his memory will remain with all of us for a very long time.

On Saturday, September 9th the family will receive guests at a viewing from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. A short prayer and memorial service will be held during the viewing. As of right now, there is not a formal funeral planned.

Patrick J. Conti Funeral Home
274 Market Street
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Please join us in keeping Harry’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Let us especially remember Harry’s wife, Colleen, and his two young children as they mourn their loss. May God bring them peace and comfort during their time of despair.

If you would like his address to send condolences or to offer support to his family in other ways, please contact human resources @ 973-595-6250.


How to Choose Between NJ’s Different Techo-Bloc Suppliers

Techo-Bloc products are among the most popular hardscaping materials used by NJ homeowners. Techo-Bloc has grown in its popularity throughout the years because it offers incredibly beautiful concrete pavers that look just like natural stone. Each collection of pavers, slabs, steps, caps, wall blocks, edging materials, or outdoor fire features have something truly special to offer in their texturing, cuts and coloring.

Having the ability to play with colors and patterns only adds to the appeal of these high quality and affordable “stones.” Before you can dive in and start working with Techo-Bloc products, though, you need to know where you can go to purchase the materials in your locale.

A quick search on Techo-Bloc’s website will reveal the names of local NJ suppliers who are authorized to sell their products, but how can you be sure that you’re buying from the right dealer? For obvious reasons, we’re inclined to recommend ourselves.

At Braen Supply, we’re confident that we are the best and leading supplier of Techo-Bloc products in all of NJ and the Tri-State area. You don’t just have to trust our (slightly) biased opinion, though, because the facts speak for themselves.

Read on to learn what makes a Techo-Bloc supplier truly great, and see for yourself why we are the #1 place to go with all of your Techo-Bloc needs in the Garden State.

Local Availability

You already know that you want to begin your search for a Techo-Bloc supplier right in your backyard. Good for you – you’d be surprised by how many people try to go online in order to find a good deal, only to end up paying through the teeth for shipping and delivery expenses.

In addition to being located in NJ, though, it’s important that your supplier actually have a full inventory of Techo-Bloc products that are presently located in your area.

Unless they’ve got the goods in-stock, you may have to wait a longer period of time in order to get started on your project, and you may not even have the opportunity to visually inspect your materials prior to purchasing. Braen Supply offers a full inventory of Techo Bloc products available conveniently and locally throughout the year.

Style on Display

You can always log on to the Techo-Bloc website in order to take a look at inspirational design ideas. This is great for getting your creative juices flowing and starting the process of figuring out how to design your landscape, but having the ability to see the materials you love, live and in-person, will help you even more.

Choose a Techo-Bloc supplier that has a local showroom where they display various Techo-Bloc products in outdoor living and landscaping settings. Braen Stone is proud to put the different styles of Techo-Bloc on display so that you can really get a feel for the impact that the “stones” will have on your landscaping upgrade.

Industry Background

It’s always in your best interest to look for a Techo-Bloc supplier that has proven itself by withstanding the tests of time. Some landscaping and hardscaping supply stores come and go, but the best ones are able to maintain loyal customers through offering incredible products, superior customer service and fair prices at all times. Do a little research to find out how many years your prospective Techo-Bloc dealer has been in business.

Bear in mind, too, that dealers who have been working with Techo-Bloc for a while will have strong industry ties and connections, meaning that they’ll be able to help you find a reliable, local contractor who has worked with Techo-Bloc products in the past. We’ve been authorized to deal Techo-Bloc products for many years and are more than qualified to assist you with your project.

Education & Training

The best Techo-Bloc suppliers are serious about the products they sell and want to make sure that their entire team is on board.

These are the businesses that take the time to learn the ins and outs of the different Techo-Bloc products they work with so that they are able to answer all of their customer’s questions with total confidence.

Braen Supply prides itself on its superior knowledge of Techo-Bloc materials and we work hard to stay on top of the latest product offerings, installation techniques, maintenance techniques, etc.

Product Passion

In addition to being knowledgeable about Techo-Bloc materials, a good Techo-Bloc supplier will also be passionate about helping homeowners to completely transform their properties with beautiful Techo-Bloc products.

This means that they’ll be willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide you with advice and input about your upcoming project. This is 100% true of Braen Supply.

To us, you’re more than just another customer that we can potentially sell to. Instead, we want to make sure that you walk away with a product that’s perfect for your needs and that you’ll be happy with for a lifetime.

Professional Courtesy

Never give your business to a Techo-Bloc supplier that isn’t honest, professional, kind and courteous. You deserve to work with a dealer that listens to your needs and concerns and works with you to accommodate your every need. At Braen Supply, we are always on your side.

Timely Deliveries

If you need your Techo-Bloc materials delivered to your job site on a particular day at a particular time, you shouldn’t have to sit around waiting for your supplier to show up with your order! Insist on working with a company that has a great reputation for being on time and providing safe, scheduled deliveries.

Ongoing Care

What happens after you’ve completed your project with Techo-Bloc materials? Will your supplier still be there for you? Although Techo-Bloc products are designed to near-perfection and are of the highest quality, there’s always the chance that something could go wrong with a single paver or wall stone.

In cases like these, you need to know that your supplier will be there to help you walk through the lifetime warranty process and will ensure that you’re able to restore your outdoor living space to its former glory without a hitch. Again, it’s important to have a supplier that’s been around for awhile so you can feel confident that they’ll still be in business to uphold the warranty. Braen Supply is committed to having its customer’s backs, even after the job is complete.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to see why Braen Supply is the most trusted and sought-after supplier of Techo-Bloc products throughout NJ and its surrounding areas. After years in the business, we not are not only knowledgeable about the products we sell, but we are excited and passionate about helping our clients select the right materials for their landscaping and hardscaping projects.

We are always willing to work with you in order to accommodate your schedule and your needs. You’ll always enjoy the fairest prices from our two NJ locations. Feel free to pick up your Techo-Bloc products at your convenience, or talk to us about having them bulk delivered to areas throughout parts of NJ, NY, NYC and PA.

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We’ve Announced Our Winner!

Thank you to everyone who reviewed our Braen Supply Wanaque location. Congratulations are in order for Debora Brown, the winner of a Braen Yeti cooler!

We truly appreciate our customers’ loyalty and we’re continuously looking for ways to say thank you! That’s why we’ve decided to add a summer contest and give everyone the opportunity to join! If you have already taken the time to give us a review, no problem – you can still partake in this giveaway by leaving us another review.

Here’s how it works:

1). Click the button below and leave us a review any time before August 31st, 2017 talking about your experience working with Braen Supply.

2). We’ll enter you into our sweepstakes to win a pair of brand new reclining camping chairs.

3). In September, we’ll announce the winner and email them with specific details.

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The New Septic Stone Laws in NJ

Here in NJ it’s not at all uncommon for houses and places of business to be spaced apart from one another. When these spaces grow too large, it becomes impractical to connect these structures to a city sewage system. In these cases, a property owner will need to have a septic system installed.

If this is true of your property, it’s very important that you understand that your septic system is your responsibility. Whether you’re having a new septic system installed, are acquiring a property with an existing septic system or simply need to maintain an existing system, it’s up to you to ensure that the system complies with state and local laws and regulations.

In order to meet New Jersey septic codes, you must take the time to keep up with frequently changing laws and standards. This is especially true when it comes to the types of stone that can and should be used for establishing a healthy drainage field.

Do you know the current septic stone laws in NJ? If you can’t honestly answer ‘yes’ to this question, it’s high time that you brushed up on your knowledge. This post will walk you through the basics of selecting materials that meet NJ standards and the impact that doing so has upon you, those around you and the environment.

Why does the state regulate septic materials?

You may find yourself wondering why septic stone laws in NJ even exist. What do the state and local governments have to do with your private septic system? Why can’t you just make decisions about your septic systems based upon your own needs?

Although your system is, indeed, privately owned and maintained, it still has the capacity to impact the health and well-being of your family, neighbors, city and beyond. Septic systems operate by filtering waste water as it passes through perforated pipes, a septic tank and is finally introduced to a drain field.

The functionality of the drainage field is to slowly allow semi-filtered water to percolate back into the soil, further filtering the water before it is reintroduced to the groundwater supply. So what happens if the drain field isn’t able to effectively do its job?

Without septic stone laws in NJ, property owners might mistakenly select stones that aren’t ideally suited for the task of filtering and percolating water at the required speed and capacity. In this case, you could be in for a world of trouble.

When the drain field isn’t able to properly leach the effluent matter, waste will rise to the top of the drain field. As this waste settles, you may notice a foul or unpleasant odor throughout your property. The standing effluent also creates significant health hazards to your family, your neighbors and animals in your area.

These issues are obviously related to the inability of the septic stones and soil to adequately absorb and filter the wastewater. Here, the drain field has become over-saturated due to poorly selected septic stones. This can also lead to a backed up sewage system creating  further health hazards and major messes within the home.

In other cases, the septic material blend may not be ideally suited to properly filter and purify effluent, resulting in contaminated water being allowed to penetrate the groundwater supply. Adhering to septic stone laws in NJ, then, is critical to maintaining a healthy home and environment.

What types of septic stones can be used in NJ?

The type of septic stone and fill that can be used for a septic system in NJ will vary based upon where your property is located. While statewide laws for installing and maintaining septic systems are in place, you will also need to pay close attention to the regulations within your county or city.

Sussex County, or instance, has established its own set of laws that mandate the strict usage of 1″ washed clean stone in septic drain fields. In the northern portions of the state, many areas require that property owners work with K5 or C33 concrete stone (formerly known as K4).

In addition to knowing which material is allowed for use by the state and county, we would also recommend that you find out which approved materials are most preferred by local inspectors to ensure that you pass inspection both now and in the future.

What steps should I take to ensure I’m adhering to septic stone laws in NJ?

As a home or business owner with a septic system, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your system is up to code and complies with state and local regulations. The first step to doing this is making sure that you’re up to speed with what’s going on with NJ septic system codes.

Be sure to do your homework and make sure that you understand which type or types of stone and other septic materials have been approved for use. It’s also wise to consult with an expert to determine which of these approved materials are most preferred for an efficient and effective system.

Once you know the letter of the law, you are required to take steps to ensure that you’re actually following it. For those who are planning on purchasing a property with an existing septic system, we strongly urge you to seek out an inspector to assess the condition of the system and to determine whether or not the stone being used has been approved by NJ, county or city codes and regulations.

If not, you’ll need to ask the current owner to make the changes or plan on spending the money to make corrections after the sale is finalized. If you’re building a brand new septic system, make sure that your engineer is familiar with the source of your materials from the very start.

Where can I buy septic stones in NJ?

If you’re looking for materials that comply with septic stone laws in NJ, be sure to visit Braen Stone. We’ve been in the industry for more than 110 years, and in that time we’ve established an unmatched reputation for high quality stone, excellent customer service and fair pricing.

We sell 1″ washed clean stone that is approved by NJ government agencies for use in and around septic systems. The stone is completely free of stone dust and other residue so you can rest assured that you won’t be faced with any compliance issues.

In addition to 1″ septic stone, we also sell reliable septic fill that is rated K4 or K5 on the percolation scale that’s approved by most NJ engineers and agencies. If you have any doubts about whether or not a specific material truly complies with septic stone laws in NJ, feel free to talk to one of our experts. We’re more than happy to help you select the right materials for your needs.

Regardless of the septic materials you select, you can always rest assured that you’ll be getting the very best septic materials and fill at the lowest, wholesale prices around. Our septic stone and fill can be picked up at your convenience or can be bulk delivered to locations throughout parts of NJ, NY, PA and CT.

Braen Supply Holiday Hours 2015

Season’s Greetings!

With the holidays right around the corner we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and business.

We know you’ll be celebrating the holidays with friends and family in the coming days and we’ll be doing the same.

That means we’ll be away from the store for a little while, so we want to make sure you are aware of our holiday hours.

Braen Supply of Haledon and Wanaque will both be operating on the following schedule for Thursday, December 24th – Saturday, January 2nd.

  • December 24th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m
  • December 25th: Closed for Christmas
  • December 26th: Closed
  • December 27th: Closed
  • December 28th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 29th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 30th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 31st: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • January 1st: Closed for New Year’s Day
  • January 2nd: Closed

Braen Supply of Haledon will be open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays from January 4th through March 7th and will  be closed on Saturdays from December 26th through March 5th.

Braen Supply of Wanaque will be open from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays from January 9th through March 5th.

We wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday!

Revised Hours for Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we celebrate this holiday together with family and friends, we feel it’s only right to stop and give thanks for everything we have. At Braen Supply, we’re thankful for you and our local community.

We know you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family in the coming days and we’ll be doing the same.

That means we’ll be away from the stores for a little while, so we want to make sure you are aware of our revised hours.

Braen Supply of Haledon and Wanaque will both be operating on the following schedule for Thursday, November 26th – Saturday, November 28th.

  • Thursday, November 26th: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 27th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m
  • Saturday, November 28th: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please note that our winter hours will go into effect starting on Saturday, November 28th. Braen Supply of Haledon and Wanaque will be closing at 1 p.m. Our winter hours will continue into March (weather permitting).

We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Braen Supply is Operating Under Revised Hours on 11/20, 11/21, 12/11 and 12/12

Braen Supply, your neighborhood landscape, masonry and hardware supplier will be operating under revised hours on November 20th and 21st and December 11th and 12th.

Our Wanaque location will be closing early on Friday, November 20th at 1 p.m. The Wanaque location will remain closed on Saturday, November 21st. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 23rd.

The Braen Supply Haledon location will close early on Friday, December 11th at 1 p.m. The Haledon location will remain closed on Saturday December 12th. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 14th.

We will still be accepting orders via phone, in person and via the website on both Friday 11/20 and 12/11 until 1 p.m. If you need any materials during that time we encourage you to work with a Braen Supply specialist to schedule deliveries in advance.

Scheduling Material Deliveries

If you’re interested in scheduling a product delivery to your home or business, please work with a Braen Supply specialist via phone or in the showroom to coordinate delivery to ensure your project needs can be met.

Revised Operating Hours – November

Braen Supply of Wanaque

  • Friday 11/20: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday 11/21: Closed
  • Sunday 11/22: Closed

Braen Supply of Haledon

  • Friday 11/20: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 11/21: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday 11/22: Closed

* We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, November 23rd.

Revised Operating Hours – December

Braen Supply of Wanaque

  • Friday 12/11: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 12/12: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday 12/13: Closed

Braen Supply of Haledon

  • Friday 12/11: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday 12/12: Closed
  • Sunday 12/13: Closed

* We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, December 14th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We wish you a safe and happy Autumn season!

Will There Be a Rock Salt Shortage in 2016?

rock salt shortageIn previous winters, residents of NJ and its surrounding areas have struggled with problems due to a shortage of rock salt and other ice melting materials.

As a result, we are already receiving queries from concerned home and business owners who want to know if they can expect a rock salt shortage this coming season.

Although there’s no way to predict the future, there are certain factors and pieces of information that can help us to accurately guess what we can expect in terms of available inventory.

Read on to learn more about whether or not a rock salt shortage is in our future and how to weather it.

Causes of a Rock Salt Shortage

Any number of items can impact the amount of rock salt available to home and business owners throughout a given season, including:

  • Previous Winter Conditions – In many instances, rock salt miners and manufacturers will produce rock salt in quantities that are based off of the volume that was in demand throughout previous winters. Suppliers and retailers will act in a similar manner, basing their orders for the coming winter off of the year or two before. If past winters weren’t quite as harsh as the winter to come may be, there may not be enough ice melt manufactured or stocked for consumer use. This could lead to problems with supply and demand including price inflation and empty shelves.
  • Unexpected Weather Patterns – Meteorology isn’t an exact science, and there are times when the Farmer’s Almanac and our own local weather forecasters don’t make the right predictions. If conditions are milder than anticipated, most of us are pleased with the change of plans, but when a freak blizzard hits or the winter drags on longer than we originally expected, problems are created with rock salt inventory. As customers continue to require high volumes of rock salt to get through the season, stores may run out of ice melt, leading to a shortage.
  • Supplier Cost – When the cost to manufacture rock salt goes up, so does the cost to suppliers and retailers. The more expensive the ice melt is, the less the store is likely to carry in inventory until it is sure that it will make its money back. This could mean empty shelves for those who wait until the last minute to buy deicer.

The Likelihood of a Rock Salt Shortage in 2015-2016

It’s important to understand that the term “rock salt shortage” is a bit misleading. The world is full of salt, and there’s more than enough to go around, but what a shortage refers to is a lack of available inventory when it is needed most.

This means that, should manufacturers and suppliers accurately anticipate how much rock salt will be needed for your region to make it through the winter, there should be plenty in stock.

The problem is that, as in any El Nino (which is predicted to extend through Spring of 2016), weather can be a bit unpredictable. One minute the outlook may be for a “warmer than average” season while the next brings frigid cold and precipitation.

It’s important, then, to be prepared for the worst to happen. Expecting the unexpected could help you to avoid any problems with a potential rock salt shortage this year.

A Look at Other Ice Melting Materials

In the event of a rock salt shortage, should you consider working with other ice melting materials? This greatly depends on your own individual needs and set of circumstances. In most cases, premium ice melt is more expensive than traditional rock salt, but in a shortage, this might not be the case.

If you decide that purchasing a rock salt alternative will be cost-efficient and an effective solution for you, be sure to consider any discrepancies in the amount of material that will need to be applied per square foot or in melting temperatures as this can make a big difference in your expenses and experience.

When to Buy Rock Salt

If you’re at all concerned about a rock salt shortage in 2016, it’s in your best interest to start purchasing your ice melting materials right now. It’s especially advantageous to start buying early because you’ll enjoy lower prices as the deicer isn’t “in season” quite yet and is still well in stock.

The rock salt can then be stored safely until it is needed. As an added bonus, you’ll already have the materials on hand when the first big storm of the year hits so that you won’t have to go out and brave the cold.

Planning Ahead

If you want to be prepared for a rock salt shortage this year, there are certain steps that you’ll need to take right away:

  • Calculate Your Needs – The first thing that you need to do when purchasing rock salt is to obtain a solid estimate of your property’s actual needs. This can initially seem a bit overwhelming, but it’s quite simple when you follow our user-friendly formula. Keep in mind that you should always consult manufacturer instructions pertaining to how much salt should be spread per square foot and take this into account when performing your calculations.
  • Buy Accordingly – Depending on the size and scope of your coverage area, you will have different needs in terms of purchasing your materials. A homeowner with a short, narrow driveway might do well by buying rock salt by the bag whereas a large hospital campus or city might need to buy by the pallet or truckload. Knowing how to purchase rocks salt will help you to get your ducks in a row for pickup or delivery so that there isn’t a time delay.
  • Store Properly – Once you have your rock salt, you need to have some means of keeping it in good condition until you actually need to use it. Rock salt is best stored in temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or freezing. This will prevent any clumping from occurring. You’ll also need to ensure that the rock salt won’t come into contact with moisture as it will obviously be dissolved and of no use to you. It’s wisest to keep the ice melt in a sealed container and raised up off of the floor for protection.
  • Apply as Directed – Calculating your rock salt needs and stocking up in advance won’t do you a lot of good if you get a little bit overly generous with your usage and end up running about of materials before the season is only halfway through. Using more rock salt than is directed by the manufacturer will not improve the speed or melting power of the ice melt and will only end up costing you money. Be sure to carefully follow instructions so that you don’t end up with a rock salt shortage of your own design.

Where to Buy Rock Salt in NJ

Braen Supply is prepared for a potential rock salt shortage in 2015-2016. We carry a large inventory of rock salt and other deicers to ensure that our customers are able to get through the winter months as safely as possible. Our materials are competitively priced and can be picked up or bulk delivered to locations throughout NJ, NY, PA and CT.

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Braen Supply is Operating Under Revised Hours for 7/3 & 7/4

Braen Supply, your neighborhood landscape, masonry and hardware supplier will be operating under revised hours in recognition of July 4th.

Our Wanaque and Haledon locations will close early on Friday, July 3rd at 3p.m.

We will still be accepting orders via phone, in person and via the website on Friday until 3 p.m.

Both our Wanaque and Haledon locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4th. We will resume our normal operating hours on Monday, July 6th.

If you need any materials during that time we encourage you to work with a Braen Supply specialist to schedule deliveries in advance.

Scheduling Material Deliveries

If you’re interested in scheduling a product delivery to your home or business, please work with a Braen Supply specialist via phone or in the showroom to coordinate delivery to ensure your project needs can be met.

Revised Operating Hours

Braen Supply of Wanaque

  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Braen Supply of Haledon

  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

* We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, July 6th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We wish you a safe and happy July 4th Weekend.