Chip Seal Paving for your Ranch Road Driveway

Tar and Chip Paving / Chip Seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines a layer of Hot CRS2 Tar with a layer of gravel.  Tar and Chip Paving “also known as chip seal” can be and is a Great Option to be used on your Ranch Road. 

This type of surface has a variety of other names including “tar and chip”, “Tar and Gravel”,”sprayed chip seal”. It goes on beautifully on ranch roads, and driveways.  Tar and chip is commonly used on long ranch roads,  it is a better surface for horses and cattle to walk on than black top or concrete. It also maintains the beautiful rustic ranch look.

CD PAVING & SEAL COATING is your #1 choice in a paving company that still does Tar and Chip Seal Paving in Texas or Oklahoma. Chip Seal is very similar to asphalt paving, the hot tar is used as a binder and gravel as the main structural component. Unlike asphalt, which is premixed at an asphalt plant, the components are delivered separately and mixed on the job site. Chip Seal is nothing new, its has been used for over 100 years, all over the world, with great success, to pave and resurface roads, parking lots, residential driveways, etc. and is used by county and DOT road crews on road paving projects, in virtually every state in the U.S.
In order to get a price on your Ranch Road, contact CD PAVING & SEAL COATING at 1-888-827-6244 we can come to your location or measure your ranch by google earth. We do all turn key work, prep all jobs and chip seal. And we will make your Ranch Road very prestigious. Check our YouTube video of your crew Chip Sealing a Ranch Road

What kind of paving is best for your RV Park Roads?

  1. Every RV park in the U.S. has one standard feature: roads. Yet there are many different options here, all with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. So what are the options for RV park roads, and what are the insider secrets on each one?

Concrete- This is the Cadillac of the industry, but also the most expensive and rarest to find. Concrete is a one-time fix for a road system – if properly installed and maintained. Perhaps the only negative to concrete streets is the extreme cost to replace or patch them if they become damaged, as well as the fact that they can begin to look ugly if there are chock full of tar seam patches.

                                                          Asphalt- Asphalt is a great product – for your RV Park, but Asphalt looks great initially, but then starts to turn grey and dry out not long after, and if you don’t seal coat it then it can start gatoring and potholing. The only solution is to ultimately repave more asphalt on top, and that’s expensive.

Chip Seal- This is a very hardy road surface, and the standard for many county highways. You lay down road base, then thick tar, (CRS2) and then finer stone on top. The pressure of vehicles on the road pushes the smaller rock into the tar, and the end result is an extremely strong road surface that actually gets harder the more it is used. The only downside to this surface is it’s more of a  aggressive surface  when you first lay it, but after that it has much the same characteristics as asphalt with a much longer life.

Road Base- This is a white stone that contains a high degree of calcium, that is commonly found as the strong surface underneath asphalt. It can be bladed into a relatively flat surface and is extremely cheap and easy to repair (you just put more down in the pothole, blade it, and you’re ready to go). The downside is that it’s dusty and rough when you drive on it.

Gravel- This is a finer stone surface than road base, and is not as dusty when you drive on it. The downside is that, since it is a finer rock, it does not compact as well and is a “softer” road surface that is more prone to potholes and washing out. It’s inexpensive to install and repair, however Most customers and bankers think that It suggest that your RV park is lacking infrastructure, and dirt roads are basically mud pits when it rains and dusty messes when it’s dry. While it’s the cheapest option of all, it’s rarely the best one, and it is nearly impossible to get a bank loan on a dirt road park.

There are a number of road options for an RV park, in a variety of costs, appearances and operational results. This list should get you started.  Make sure get and contact CD PAVING & SEAL COATING for any of your RV Park Paving needs                                1-888-827-6244

How to Choose The Correct Paving Contract

CD PAVING & SEAL COATING is happy to give tips on picking the correct paving contractor for any of your paving needs.

Tip # 1 –                                                  Call CD PAVING & SEAL COATING they are your best choice in a paving company!

Tip # 2 – Uncover the Contractor’s Reputation

Word of mouth remains the best form of advertising for contracting companies, but it also helps consumers to choose wisely. When choosing whom to call, or when comparing the various quotes you have obtained, be sure to dig for the contractor’s reputation around town.

Check their website and local listing in the phone book. How long has the company been in business? Did the estimator supply a list of current references? Have they completed any work in your neighborhood? Is the firm listed with the Better Business Bureau, and how have they handled past disputes?

These basic questions give you a profile of the reputation. Plan to conduct further research on your preferred contractor(s) before signing the contract.

Tip # 3 – Ask About the Contractor’s Experience

Although the general reputation helps to narrow down your choices, homeowners should have in-depth information about the contractor before making their final decision.

Start with the sales staff or estimators. How many years have they been in the industry? Can they handle your questions and educate you on the processes? The installation crew needs to have experience as well, with at least one well trained crew leader on site at all times. Ask for the name of that contact.

Certain questions help you to gauge the experience of a contractor. Discuss what type of traffic control the installers will implement (especially important for suburban and urban properties). Ask about any local bylaws regarding heavy trucks and machinery and find out whether the contractor will obtain the necessary permits. Find out what asphalt mix will be used, and what thickness you can expect (compacted thickness). If the contractor cannot confidently and honestly answer these questions, move on.   

Tip # 4 – Consider Scheduling

Good paving contractors often book up quickly. Remember that weather and other factors can shorten the installation season, but an experienced paving contractor should be able to provide an estimated start date.

Some contractors can offer immediate service, tempting you to pay more or settle for lesser quality work. Although timing is important, always remember that quality workmanship and durable materials are worth the wait. Be wary of “too good to be true” scheduling offers.       

Tip # 5 – Get a Detailed Written Contract

Many disreputable paving contractors have their sales pitch down pat, and can fool even the most discerning consumers. Protect yourself by insisting on a written contract before paying any deposit or signing any papers.

Your written contract should include:

Total job cost,
Payment terms
Details of the project, such as asphalt thickness, base specs and size of area to be paved
Warranty coverage
Terms and conditions
Read everything through carefully to be sure that you will receive exactly what the estimator outlined during the sales pitch. Due diligence has saved many homeowners from hiring mistakes, lost investments and severe headaches.

Negotiate payment terms that support both parties. Many contractors require a deposit, either to secure your position on the schedule or pay for materials up front. The balance of your project will likely be due upon completion, but be sure to have a good look at the paving before releasing final payment. If your project does not comply with the details set out in your written contract, appeal to the estimator and insist on proper completion.

Examples of Poor Business Practices by Shoddy Paving Contractors

We like to highlight professional, hard working contractors, but sometimes homeowners need fair warning about shoddy companies to make the right hiring decisions. Disreputable paving contractors tend to follow the typical pattern, and keeping an eye out for these signs may help you to avoid trouble.

Shoddy paving contractors tend to offer:

Inferior materials – a weaker mix or a mix not suited to your climate
Less materials – always insist on compacted asphalt at least 2-inches thick
Completion of unnecessary work – if one of the quotations covers excess work, and you cannot obtain a reasonable explanation from the estimator, it may be unnecessary
Next day or nearly immediate installation
Limited warranty coverage.

Look for above average work, fair prices, experienced installers and a solid warranty when hiring the best paving contractor. Follow these tips to find a paving company you can rely on for quality work and dependable service. Your property is worth the time to research and hire wisely.

Info on Chip Seal

  Tar and chip driveways are very similar to blacktop or standard asphalt driveways. Both are usually installed on a compacted gravel base. The base is the foundation or strongest part of the driveway. Blacktop and/or tar and chip surfaces are actually flexible. They are the actual wearlayer and prevent the erosion of the gravel base.

A tar and chip driveway differs from a standard blacktop driveway in that it is made on site. The hot liquid asphalt and stone chips are actually applied simultaneously on the gravel base.

                                                                                             Blacktop, a mixture of asphalt, sand, and gravel,on the other hand, is usually mixed at an off site plant. It is delivered, much like ready mixed concrete, to your house and applied with a special spreader. If you are installing a brand new or reconstructed driveway, you will do well to have tar and chip done by a  reputable company that gives a nice thick coating when they install.      (Advantages of Tar & Chip)

Standard blacktop pavements require protection from the sun and air. The asphalt that bonds the sand and gravel together can become brittle. If you have a blacktop driveway you have probably had to seal it with a liquid coating. Tar and chip driveways do not require this periodic maintenance.

Tar and chip driveways are slightly rougher than a standard blacktop driveway. This characteristic comes from the fact that small, cubical shaped stone chips are dropped directly into the liquid asphalt. The surface, after it is compacted with a heavy roller, resembles a chunky chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie. The surface isn’t smooth, yet it isn’t sharp and abrasive. It is in between. This surface provides excellent traction in wet or snowy weather. 

What Makes up the Paving Surface

Asphalt – Two Types

The liquid asphalt that is used to coat the driveway and act as the adhesive for the chips can come two ways. It can be a cutback asphalt which is specifically formulated for your region. These asphalts are sticky and release hydrocarbons into the air as they cure. Their use is sometimes curtailed when ozone production poses a smog problem.

An alternative asphalt is an emulsified mixture. This is similar to many blacktop sealers you buy in a 5 gallon pail. The asphalt is atomized into small tiny drops and coated with an emulsifying agent. Sometimes these emulsifiers are water based. As the water evaporates the asphalt is released so it can bond to the surface and to the stone chips. If you can arrange to have the old fashioned cutback asphalt, use it. That is what I used on my own driveway.

Loose Chips

If your driveway is fairly level you may wish to top the driveway with a layer of loose chips. It is extremely attractive. The look is just like that of a country lane or a roadway in a park. A 1/2 to 3/4 inch layer is all you need. The loose chips protect the asphalt from the damaging effects of the sun. In addition, should a crack develop in the driveway, the loose chips fill and disguise the imperfection.


Who Does This Type of Work?

Tar and chip pavement surfaces are nothing new. In fact, there is a strong possibility that you have driven across hundreds of these roads. Many counties use this surface on secondary and rural roads. It is a cost efficient method of repaving and sealing an asphalt roadway.

Businesses and manufacturing plants often pave large parking areas with this material as well.

There is a good chance that a large paving contractor like         (CD PAVING & SEAL COATING) is in your city or town that does the work. If you are really fortunate, you may find a smaller company that does it as well. But CD PAVING & SEAL COATING does Chip Seal Paving all over Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

5 Key Issues Facing the Asphalt Industry

At the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) annual meeting in San Diego, February 12th, professionals from all areas of the industry offered their insight into what the asphalt market is facing. The result of the discussion clued attendees in to five key areas where the industry is facing challenges and opportunities.

1. Labor
It’s no secret that there is a shortage of skilled workers in the industry. Unfortunately, the lack of skilled-workers is not only a problem in the asphalt industry, it’s global, spanning all of the trade professions. Estimates are predicting a shortage of 31 million skilled tradespeople by the year 2020.

Most of this is attributed to the workforce aging out, but some of it is that the construction industry just isn’t appealing enough for the younger generation.

In fact, construction only employs 6% of the millennial workforce in the U.S. The industry’s failure to engage young, hardworking and diverse talent on a broad scale has been a big part of the problems it faces today.

“It’s a challenge we’re all facing,” Kevin Kelly, President & CEO of Walsh & Kelly Inc. says. “We had a generation or more of people who were all encouraged to go to college. A lot of these jobs won’t require that. We need to highlight the good life these careers can give.”

However, the perception of a rigid work structure mixed with a rugged reputation and old-school mindset haven’t been appealing to the majority of youth, and without them, construction has struggled to keep up with the productivity gains seen in other industries.

James H. Roberts, CEO of Granite Construction, says this is why it’s important to get in front of potential workers early.

“Get the initiative started at a young age, even elementary school level,” Roberts say. “Support communities, high schools and universities.”

Roberts says what’s also causing an issue is the wage gap some areas of the industry see.

“Were going to have to create a different wage system if we want to attract people and that’s healthy for the industry,” he says. “We’ve depressed the wage rates and until we’re willing to pay a lot more in the industry, which we should do, we’re going to have a skilled labor challenge.”

2. Funding
Funding is another issue that is on the mind of every asphalt mix producer and contractor. Yes, The White House officially released a 55-page proposal for President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, but where will this money come from?

The plan includes $200 billion from the federal government. Half of the federal seed money is planned to go toward an incentive program to match financing from state and local governments investing in rebuilding projects. One quarter of the appropriations is set to be used for rural projects in the form of block grant to states.

In addition, $20 billion is set for “transformative programs” for new projects while another $20 billion is allocated to expand the use of loans and private activity bonds. Ten billion is set to go into a “capital financing fund.”

The plan is structured around four main goals:

Generating $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal
Streamlining the permitting process down to two years
Investing in rural infrastructure projects
Advancing workforce training
However, this plan will still require states to foot a lot of the bill, and experts say they should be ready to do that. Since the federal government last raised the gasoline tax at the start of the Clinton administration to 18.4 cents per gallon, 39 states have hiked their at-the-pump fees — sometimes more than once — to cover the costs of road construction and maintenance.

“Tax increases are scary for legislatures though,” Roberts says “It’s become a total political event but states want money for roads. They aren’t voting officials out who are increasing taxes so it’s really a non-issue.”

Roberts also says that raising the gas tax wouldn’t be a financial issue for the majority of drivers.

“If you drive 20,000 miles a year, your car gets 20 miles per gallon and you pay 12 cents more a gallon with a gas tax increase implemented, that’s a total of $120 a spent more each year.”

Many in the industry still believe the FAST act and authorizing a long term Highway Trust Fund is the best way to fund our roads.

“There are principals to Trump’s infrastructure plan, but no real money,” Kelly says. “The only thing you need to do is put money in the Highway Trust Fund and the FAST act has the principals to be successful, put money there and we’ll be good.”

In 2018, the FAST act authorizes a $900 million increase for the construction season. In addition, highways and bridges will receive a portion of the $20 billion over two years (2018-2019) for infrastructure as part of the McConnell-Schumer-Ryan Budget deal.

But the FAST act is set to expire in 2020 which will leave states in uncertainty.

3. Technology
According to the World Economic Forum, in 10 years the construction industry will be almost entirely digitized, with an overall possible savings of $1.2 trillion globally due to increased efficiency and productivity.

“Technology is racing into the construction industry,” John Pullen, chief growth officer at Luck Companies says. “Drones, cloud-based aggregators, remote sensing technology, augmented reality and the Internet of Things are all disrupting our industry but also bringing opportunities to it.”

However, the industry has to be ready to accept those changes.

“Small companies need to think big,” Luck says. “We went to Apple & Google and asked them how to improve our business and they didn’t believe there were companies that actually still made rocks. There’s a lot you can learn from industries that aren’t related to construction and vice-versa.”

Pullen says his company is now testing autonomous innovations in his hauling fleet as a result.

Another upside to implementing technology is attracting those younger workers.

“Younger generations want to know you’re innovative,” Pullen says. “If they see that from the start, they are more willing to consider a career there.”

4. Materials
Asphalt paving tons were naturally up 2% in 2017 to about 378 million tons produced. Paving tons are expected to grow in 2018 based on the strength of state highway funding and the commercial/residential markets. The growth in the market will be determined by how much of the $10 billion in the new 2-year budget deal will be allocated to highways and bridges.

However, oil refineries are closing all over the country and that’s an unforeseen issue for some producers.

“There are 135 refineries in the U.S. and less than 50 provide significant value to the asphalt industry,” Don Wessel GM-Crude & Refined Products Consulting at Poten & Partners says.

This means the industry is having to get materials from fewer sources and finding the ones that are specific to our industry.

5. Trucking
To bring the discussion full circle, the industry is facing a huge challenge in the transportation of materials.

“The biggest issue in our company today is getting our product to the market,” Robert says. “We make the material at 56 asphalt plants across the country but then we rely on another company to get the materials out to customers. Running a trucking business is a big deal but having control over the logistics of moving material is important. If it becomes too big of an issue, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the investment and if it will work for your business.”

However, just like skilled construction workers, truck drivers are hard to find. Gaining a CDL is not an easy task and many drivers have lost their licenses due to poor driving decisions.

Still with all the issues facing our industry, the panelists say it’s a great time to be in the asphalt industry, but we still have work to do. During the 2007 construction boom, we produced 550 million tons of asphalt. The goal of our industry is to get back to that.

“If we think the 338 million tons we’re producing each year now is satisfactory, we have lowered our expectations,” Roberts says. “Let’s beat 2007