Winter is here and so is New England's signature snow and ice.

Not to worry though. Modern Hardware is prepared for the worst winter can throw our way and we're here to help. With a wide variety of shovels, snow brushes, and ice choppers and a full stock of ice melt you'll be prepared to make it through any winter storm. And in case of emergency we also carry plenty of flashlights, batteries, gas cans, and matches to keep you going even when the power is out. 

So before the next winter storm stop by Modern Hardware and let us show you how we've been persevering through New England winters since 1961.  



We carry a variety of plastic and aluminum snow shovels from trusted manufacturers like Ames True Temper™ and Garant™. For the worst of the ice and snow we also stock a full selection of ice choppers, sidewalk scrapers and steel shovels all winter long.

Drafty windows? Chilly doors? We’re on it. From adhesive weatherseal, to draft stops for your door, to window insulation kits - we have everything you need to keep your house warm and toasty this winter (and help you save a few bucks on your heating bill too).

There are a lot of different types of ice melt available these days and a lot of questions too. What type of ice melt is safest for brick stairs? Which is safe to use around my pets? Which won’t damage my lawn and garden? Not to worry, Modern Hardware makes it easy. We carry a variety of different ice melting products in everything from 50lb bags to 10lb jugs and our knowledgeable sales staff is happy to answer any questions you might have. Even better - below we have details for the different types of ice melting chemicals: their benefits, their weaknesses, and their relative price. So whether you’re in the store or on the go you’ll always have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.


Product   Melting Point     Price Point   Pros Cons
Sodium Chloride
(Rock Salt) 
10° F
Best at 20° or higher)
Very Low Abundant, inexpensive  Very corrosive on brick, concrete, asphalt, wood and vegetation. Tracks easily.
 Potassium Chloride  25° F or higher.  High

Environmentally friendly.
Minimal damage to brick, concrete, and asphalt.  
Low tracking. 

High Effective Temperature
Non-Naturally occurring, high price point.  
Magnesium Chloride -13° F 

to High 

Effective at low temperatures,
Low environmental impact,
Low tracking

 More expensive than Calcium Chloride, but higher effective temperature.
More corrosive on concrete, stone, and asphalt than Potassium or Calcium Chloride.  

 Calcium Chloride -25° F   Moderate to Low

Very low effective temperature,
Fast Acting, 
Low environmental impact,
Low damage to brick, concrete, and asphalt. 

Moderate tracking.
Can damage brick, concrete, and asphalt if over-applied.
High toxicity compared to Potassium and Magnesium Chloride.


(Calcium Magnesium Acetate)
20° F  Moderate to High 

 Low toxicity,
Low damage to brick, concrete, and asphalt. 

High effective temperature combined with high cost.
 High organic content can cause long term damage to aquatic life.