Tariffs, Asphalt, Tar, Trump, Chip Seal

      The Chip Seal Industry won’t see much of a change or anything beyond the normal inflation in a normal year but Tariffs Threaten to Push Highway Project Costs Higher,  especially Black Top and Concrete Highways.
The Trump administration’s long-threatened imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union went into effect at midnight on May 31 – a move that is hiking construction costs for state departments of transportation across the country, especially for steel-intensive bridge projects, while also potentially forcing a redirection of funds away from future endeavors.

“The reality is we have a fixed source of federal funding, so as our topline costs go up, there is less money available for everything else,” Shoshana Lew, COO at the Rhode Island Depart of Transportation, explained to the AASHTO Journal. “It creates a domino effect in terms of project funding for us. So while we won’t undo a current project, it does mean some projects down the road won’t get funded.”

060118ridot2.pngYet RIDOT also noted that, since the tariff issue became prominent nearly three months ago, it’s already pushed steel prices higher. From March to April this year, the Producer Price Index (PPI) for semi-finished steel mill products jumped from 242.8 to 246.6; a one-month increase of 1.56 percent and a year-over-year increase of 4.89 percent.

Similarly, the PPI for all steel mill products increased from 195.5 in March to 201.7 in April; a 3.17 percent increase for the month and 7.4 percent year-over-year, the agency added.

In anticipation of steel price escalations, RIDOT said it is implementing a retroactive and reciprocal steel price escalation policy, which would allow for cost adjustments concerning steel purchases whenever prices fluctuate more than 5 percent. Because the steel price escalation is primarily the result of federal action—namely, the aforementioned actions of President Trump—RIDOT requested that the Federal Highway Administration allow it to use federal funds to make price adjustments on those RIDOT projects using federal funding to purchase steel.

However, according to a 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, just 13 states had a steel price adjustment clause in their contracts.

Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America trade group, noted to the AASHTO Journal that “many suppliers” anticipated that at least some of these new tariffs would go into effect and have been raising prices for some time as a result – particularly for steel products.

“Indeed, many of our member firms report the price they are paying for products like rebar has increased from between 15 and 20 percent during the past few months,” he said. “These price increases are particularly difficult for firms that are engaged in fixed price construction contracts where they are forced to absorb these cost increases. Moving forward it is safe to assume that contractors will factor the recent, and likely additional, increases in steel and aluminum prices into their bids, raising the cost of all manner of construction, including infrastructure.”

Turmail added that the “irony” of the situation is that by raising the cost of construction, the tariffs are more likely to depress demand for new steel and aluminum products rather than increase domestic production of those commodities.

“The better way to boost domestic steel and aluminum production is to put in place long-term dedicated funding for infrastructure projects that will demonstrate to manufacturers that there will be sufficient future demand to justify new production capacity,” he explained.

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 www.cdpaving.net                                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.