Tar & chip seal – also known as asphaltic surface treatment, macadam, chip seal and oil and stone – was the original pavement used on all roads parking lots and driveways. Today, it's found most commonly on rural country roads. Tar and chip seal is an economical solution for larger projects.
Tar and Chip Installation
Coatings of hot liquid bitumen asphalt are followed by layers of gravel and rolled to a finish. The rough surface provides traction even in wet weather and is an excellent choice for steep slopes. Using larger rocks creates a stronger surface for heavier traffic making it a good choice for your farm or commercial road.
Tar and Chip Appearance
The look of chip seal can vary from polished to very rustic depending on the type of gravel used. A variety of rocks – granite, white and pink rock, slate or brown and beige river rock – can be used to create the desired texture, look and color. The surface is rough, similar to a gravel road, but without the loose gravel and dust-ups.
Tar and Chip Cost
Being a combination of asphalt and gravel, the cost of a tar-and-chip will typically cost about twice as much as a gravel driveway and a little less than an asphalt driveway. The cost of these driveways can rise or fall the changes in the commodity price of oil. The larger the project, the more chip seal becomes your economical choice.
Tar and Chip Maintenance
Tar and chip paving can last as long as 10 years. The life span of tar and chip depends on the amount layers installed and is virtually maintenance free as there is no need fo sealcoating. Nonetheless, it's just as durable and dependable as black top.
With over 50 years of experience in the industry, Tuscaloosa Asphalt has the right solutions for every job. Contact us at to learn more about the options available and get a free onsite estimate.