Tar and Chip Info

 

What is Tar and Chip ...
Tar and chip is a paving option that can be applied to most existing surfaces, dirt, gravel or blacktop. Tar and chip is not new- it 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 embed the stone into the tar.

         

What Does it look like ...
When a new tar and chip job is completed it looks like a gravel driveway. However, the rock that come in contact with the tar is locked in tight in the compaction process and won't wash out like a traditional gravel driveway. It has a very clean natural appearance with the look and feel of a country road. Because of it stone surface, Tar and Chip does not absorb heat like blacktop and stays cooler.

What about loose rocks on top ...
When a new tar and chip project is first installed there will be some loose surface rocks. These are excess rocks lying on top of the rock that is locked into the tar. When you start driving on your new surface and the temperature warms up, all of the loose rock will seal in with the rest. This is natural process for Tar and Chip.

           

How long will it last compared to blacktop ...
A new blacktop or asphalt surface will last approximately 18 to 25 years. There are two main factors involved: proper installation and consistent maintenance

Tar and Chip, when installed on a good base, will last 15 to 20 years and this surface requires no maintenance or periodic sealing.

How will Tar and Chip hold up in Winter ...
Tar and Chip driveways, roads and parking lots afford great traction in cold or wet weather. Since the surface layers are comprised of individual stones the traveled area is coarse rather than smooth and potentially slick like asphalt or concrete. The tar/chip seal is strong but we recommend if using a snow plow that you raise the blade slightly off the surface.

What about the cost ...
Any driveway, parking lot, roads are major investments. Choosing tar and chip will usually result in a 30% to 50% savings over traditional asphalt or blacktop and an even greater savings than choosing concrete.

What If I Have other questions ...
Please Contact: Sonny's Asphalt Paving 615-642-3960

  


















 

 

 

 

 




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