Chip Sealing, also referred to as “Tar & Chip” paving, is the most economical method of driveway and pavement resurfacing. Driveway Chip Sealing is comparable to other resurfacing methods in durability and effectiveness, but costs far less. Chip Seals are economical surface treatments designed to protect and prolong the life of the pavement.
Asphalt pavements is like the paint on your house. The moment the application process ends, the deterioration starts. Much like paint, asphalt is subject to oxidation, sunlight, rain and freeze & thaw cycles. Pavement is also subjected to a wide array of different traffic loads and additional stresses from normal ground movement. Chip Seals can be used on new pavements to increase traction, or to prolong the life of pavement that is structurally sound, but is beginning to age and may have some surface distress.
Chip Sealing, or Tar and Chip, involves spraying a hot rubber-based emulsion onto the surface, then immediately spreading a layer of uniformly sized aggregate chips. The hot rubberized asphalt emulsion retains flexibility and will not bleed through the aggregate overlay. The new surface is rolled to seat the aggregate. Chip seal can be done as a single shot chip seal or a double shot chip seal process depending on the current condition of your base Curing time is very short and traffic can resume in a matter of hours.