With a tar and chip driveway we will first apply a hot mix liquid asphalt cement to a gravel base or your existing driveway (provided that it is in good condition). Next, one or two layers of the crushed stone of your choice will be spread on top of the hot asphalt and compacted down. The end result is a stunning and unique driveway that is customized to your specific desires.
Advantages of Tar & Chip Driveways
Asphalt driveways offer homeowners a number of advantages including:
Lower Overall Cost – In terms of cost, tar and chip driveways are slightly more expensive than gravel, while being slightly less expensive than asphalt.
Natural Beauty – Because of the stones used, a tar and chip driveway will have a very natural and elegant appearance.
Low-Maintenance – A tar and chip driveway requires very little maintenance. This type of drive doesn’t need to be sealed regularly, and often, small cracks can disguise and repair themselves. When the tar becomes heated in warm weather, it will fill in the cracks and the stones will settle in to cover it up.
Traction – The rough surface of this type of driveway helps to improve traction for vehicles.
Longevity – A tar and chip driveway can typically last for up to 10 years before it will need to be re-surfaced.
Things to Consider
Tar and chip driveways are beginning to grow in popularity due to it’s unique design and appearance. It’s important to take some factors into consideration before installing tar and chip driveways, such as:
Snow Removal – Unless precautions are taken, snow plows may cause damage to a tar and chip driveway.