Does your pavement need a little loving? Is it time to resurface it? If your answer is yes. You might consider a tar and chip paving option for your driveway, parking lot, or private road.
Tar and chip, sometimes referred to as chip and seal, macadam, liquid asphalt and stone paving, or seal chip can be an excellent paving substitute for the traditional asphalt. It looks like asphalt, but the construction process is what differentiates it from asphalt paving.
With tar and chip, a thin liquid of bitumen asphalt is laid down, followed by crushed gravel and aggregates, which are compacted on top of the asphalt.
Tar and chip paving is the original paving style, hence the name macadam. You’ve probably driven on it or seen it on old roads. Its look varies from rustic to polished, depending on the gravel type used as the topping.
What makes this paving a worthwhile option are:
- One, you can get different and unique looks with it. That all comes with the type of stone choice being applied. You can get a slate look, granite, river rock, or even a light black look to resemble a lighter shade of asphalt paving.
- The fact that the stones are applied on top of the asphalt provides excellent traction in high moisture areas, and the lighter color of the stones makes it possible for the pavement to absorb less heat.
- Tar and chip paving is also a cost-effective option because it has a lower price tag than asphalt or concrete paving and can be applied on an existing pavement if it’s in good condition.
The only issue is it doesn’t last as long as asphalt or concrete paving. It has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years and isn’t as durable as asphalt and concrete.
This is why it is perfect for someone looking for a cheaper, fairly informal paving option.
Let Us Help with Your Paving Services in Columbia, TN
Whether you need the durability of asphalt paving or tar and chip for a low-traffic passage for your backcountry property, our experts at Tucker’s Paving can be of great help.
Call us to know more about our paving services.