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Tar & Chip

Tar and Chip Driveways and Why To Consider Them
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Tar and chip (also known as chip sealing) is a paving option that can be applied to most existing surfaces - dirt, gravel or blacktop. Tar and chip has been used for more than one hundred years all over the world with beautiful results. It begins with a coating of hot liquid asphalt (tar) followed by a layer of chipped rock. The surface is then rolled, embedding the stone into the tar. Tar and Chip is a great choice for a driveway material.

If you would like to keep the cost fairly reasonable but want something more interesting than asphalt,  consider this type of paving. Many people are unaware of this paving method. However, it is a great paving choice for integrating the driveway design with the landscape.

A nice feature of this method is that you can choose simple stone or more decorative stone. The stone can be an interesting color, for example green, brown or tan. This could make for a creative and interesting driveway surface.

Pros of Tar and Chip Driveways

  • Attractive.
  • Cheaper than asphalt.
  • Low-maintenance (occasionally replace displaced stones).
  • The rough surface potentially affords good traction.
  • Durable.
  • No need to seal coat.