There is nothing better looking than a natural gravel driveway. But after the rain and winter plowing you are left with a mess of stones all over your lawn and mud back in the driveway. The solution to this is a tar and chip driveway and it has been around for decades. The steps to completion are as follows; we spray a hot asphalt emulsion as an adhesive, then place a small stone gravel on top of the old blacktop, after the gravel is placed we compact with a roller. However, tar and chip can be applied several different ways; over an existing blacktop driveway or road, or if there is not an existing blacktop base currently we would apply a large stone gravel that allows for the small gravel to lock in place with the tar. The customer can also choose between different colors of gravel (stone) to create a look that best suits their taste.
Tar and chip is a low cost alternative compared to a complete asphalt replacement driveway, but much more effective and aesthetic compared to plain gravel. However just like any type of driveway there are maintenance requirements to this but it is very minimal. Unlike an asphalt driveway you don’t have to seal a tar and chip driveway regularly, however, snow plowing the driveway can damage the surface if not done properly. You can expect a tar and chip driveway to last roughly 7 to 10 years, at which point you would want to add another layer or stone and tar.
Not all paving contractors have the experience needed to install a tar and chip driveway effectively. Richard Diehl Paving has completed many tar and chip jobs and can be trusted to do the job right the first time. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to see if tar and chip is the right choice for you.