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Sealcoating in Elizabeth, NJ
Even if you don’t know what “tar-and-chip” means, you’ve probably seen driveways and roads made this way. You might also know it as chip-and-seal, seal chip, macadam, or liquid asphalt and stone. No matter what you call it, it might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “driveway.” But just because you haven’t heard of tar-and-chips before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about it.
Almost certainly, you’ve driven for miles on roads and parking lots made of tar and gravel. It is a good choice for a driveway.
A tar-and-chip driveway is a good alternative to asphalt because it is more stable than just gravel. It also has a rough surface, which makes it much easier to walk on than poured concrete, which can be slippery when wet or covered in snow.
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How to Keep a Tar-and-Chips Driveway in Good Shape
A tar-and-chip driveway doesn’t really need to be taken care of on a regular basis. It doesn’t need to be sealed as often as asphalt does. It’s good to hear! But you need to be careful when getting rid of snow. If you aren’t careful when using a snowplow to clear the driveway, it can damage the surface. For the best results, make sure the plow rides just above the surface of the driveway. Then, you can either use a shovel to get rid of the snow that is left behind or wait for it to melt away. If you clear snow with a shovel or snowblower, you won’t have to deal with this issue. You can count on the surface to be safe for 7 to 10 years. You might want to add another layer of tar and stones at this point.
Almost no maintenance is needed
Unlike asphalt, which needs to be sealed every few years, tar and chip don’t really need any maintenance because it never needs to be sealed. Ask us if you should use Tar and Chip paving for your project.
Better grip and a cooler surface temperature
Chip seal stays much cooler than blacktop because its surface is made of light-colored stones. Even when it’s wet, tar and chip are a good choice for steep slopes because of their rough, gritty surface.