Tar & Chip
Tar and chip combines the best properties of both asphalt and gravel and puts them into one durable mixture. With a stronger surface base than traditional gravel but at a lower cost than asphalt, tar and chip can be used on most paved surfaces, from residential driveways to commercial parking lots. Tar and chip have become increasingly more popular not only for their compelling properties but also for their color-customizable appeal to create a paved surface that is tailored to your preferences.
Similar to asphalt, tar and chip is actually made using an asphalt-like compound mixed with fine gravel stones to create a course substance that works great for driveways and pavement. It is a versatile building material that works for those wanting the best of both worlds – quality and affordability. With its rough texture and grit, it provides a comforting amount of traction and grip to vehicles and foot traffic, especially during winter months with the added snow and ice.
As with most of our driveway installations, tar and chip is applied in a similar fashion by preparing the site for installation beforehand. This often includes removing old, deteriorating, and existing pavement materials and cleaning the area of excessive buildup or debris. Once the groundwork has been laid for the new pavement, we put a base material between the ground and the new pavement layer. This base material can be made up of recycled asphalt mill or another gravel-like mixture for added security. We then place the tar and chip coating to the base and rest to dry.
Since tar and chip is a less popular option for pavements, some wonder about its durability and capability to combat damaging outdoor elements. We can assure you that, with proper care and attention over the years, your tar and chip pavement will remain intact and in prime condition. Tar and chip surfaces are better prepared to reject sun and water damage compared to traditional asphalt, allowing it to remain useful for several years. With its rigid texture, it also provides an anti-slip component that other pavement surfaces, like asphalt and concrete, may fail to do during colder months. While you’ll likely get at least 10 years of good service from your tar and chip pavement, it will need resurfacing to maintain its integrity and durability after extensive use.
Many clients are attracted to the affordability that the tar and chip alternative offers. Since the building mixture is combined of two existing ones, you’ll be paying more for the quantity of the materials used. Since tar and chip is more expensive than traditional gravel, you should expect to pay more than you would with only gravel, but less than you would with an asphalt-coated space. That is because, more gravel is used in the compound making of tar and chip, while less asphalt is used. Thus, you’re left with a budget-friendly middleman that provides equally as much stability for your pavement.