Does chip sealing work?

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How long does a tar and chip driveway last?

Chip sealing or asphaltic surface treatment is a solid alternative to many options known in paving. While commonly used on rural roads, it can also be applied to a driveway using layers of asphalt along with layers of aggregates. Often, it can be used in place of expensive repairs or replacements while keeping the structural integrity of the driveway intact. The application of chip and tar provides enhanced skid resistance and moisture protection while preventing deterioration from occurring further than it already has. While it cannot replace a full-on concrete or asphalt driveway, tar and chip can serve a home for several years. The general lifespan for a tar and chip can be at a minimum of 10 years with some lasting as far as 30 years, but it depends on the conditions and traffic that goes over the driveway. 

While tar and chip driveways are much less expensive than concrete and pure asphalt driveways, they are better suited to repairing damages in either if a person does not desire to go with the traditional route. Its much lower cost provides itself as a solid choice because it lasts longer than expected on a general basis, but the homeowner should call into question what they want out of their driveway when considering a tar and chip driveway. Call 512-646-6069 today to schedule pavement services like tar and chip with ATX Asphalt Paving in Austin, TX.

Can you seal a tar and chip driveway?

In short, no. A tar and chip driveway does not need to be sealed and actually needs much less upkeep to maintain it’s durable strength. A benefit that tar and chip have over a pure asphalt driveway is that it does not need to be seated due to the shifting dirt. Unlike other options, a tar and chip driveway can be better kept than even concrete thanks to the capacity a homeowner has to reapply modified bitumen and stones. Taking it a step further, when it is taken care of, tar and chip driveways can actually compete with the stronger options thanks to its ease of repair that the specific option is known for. While it may very well last around 10 years minimum, the reason it can stretch decades longer is that layers of bitumen and stones can be again applied to create a new driveway. By and large, whereas you need to seal other driveways like asphalt, tar and chip remains a choice that requires very little over an expanded period of time to do an excessive amount of service for the home.

What driveway surface is best?

The most popular, by far, for driveways in the United States is the asphalt option. Homeowners tend to enjoy the polished appearance an asphalt driveway brings with it and takes frigid as well as sweltering climates. With that said, asphalt needs regular maintenance and needs to be set just shy of every five years. Concrete, however, is tougher and has far more capability in being decorated with colors and patterns. Bricks are very fashionable as a driveway, but this particular example does not stack up to any of the mentioned suggestions nor does it match up with the tar and chip driveway. 

While a person can enjoy a more expensive driveway, homeowners in more rural settings may be interested in something that can match the land. The two best options for that are gravel as well as tar and chip. The reason being is that both options will save a person a significant amount of money when it comes to maintenance, installation, and installation if it comes down to it. That is not the case in concrete or asphalt, which can be devastated in such a setting thanks to erosion. The reason that is not the case with the prior two is that they are easily maintained and added to overtime, while a concrete and asphalt is either highly expensive to be applied in such a setting or must need a definite service applied.

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Is tar and chip cheaper than asphalt?

While a tar and chip driveway costs less overall than asphalt, it is more expensive than gravel. The cost tends to come down to a few factors like: 

  • Material value
  • Cost of labor
  • Maintenance 
  • Durability

The last of those stems from a simple concept that a driveway needs to be built up to withstand the weight of vehicles passing over it. Take concrete versus gravel for examples of opposite sides of the spectrum. Gravel is fairly easy to put down and even though it is not durable, can be easily maintained by applying more gravel to it regularly to keep the surface at a general level. The same is not so with concrete, it is durable and can sustain much more weight than most other options on the market, but when it breaks or needs maintenance, it comes out to be a bit more expensive. Tar and chip can be a good middle ground in this sense being that it can be applied over most driveways and can be used to repair those that are broken. While we do not necessarily recommend it being applied over gravel, it does provide one of the best options in terms of when a person needs a driveway without breaking the bank. So give us a call today at 512-646-6069 for your tar and chip driveway services.