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                                                  What is Tar & Chip Seal?

Tar & Chip Seal is a pavement that can be applied to a dirt or black top surfaces. It is a coating of hot liquid asphalt followed by a layer of 3/8″ chip rock then rolled to compaction.

What Does It Look Like?

When a new Tar & Chip job is completed, it looks like a gravel driveway. But the rock that comes in contact with the Tar is locked in tight. The tar and the rock become one form of pavement. It has a very clean, natural country look. It has a lot of curb appeal and is strong. Plus it won’t draw in heat like Black Top.

What About the Loose Rock On Top?

When a new Tar & Chip seal job is first installed, there will be some loose surface rocks on top. But that’s just the rock lying on top of the rock that is already locked in the tar. But when you start driving on your new road and the temperature warms up all of the loose surface rocks on top will seal in with the rest of the job. That’s the nature of Tar & Chip seal.

What About the Cost?

As with rising cost of oil, fuel and asphalt tar, all pavements whether it is black top, concrete or chip seal grow higher every year as well. But Tar & Chip seal is about 30% to 40% less than what black top costs to get paved. Plus it costs less to keep because it is maintenance free. Concrete is the most expensive of the three pavements.

How Will Tar & Chip Seal Hold Up Against A Snow Plow?

You must understand that Tar & Chip Seal is a pavement that is used in many northern states (almost all). On driveways, parking lots, county roads and state roads. All which must be shoveled, plowed or blowed when it snows. You can use all three on Tar & Chip Seal. Whether you are applying your chip seal to a base surface or old pavement, when it comes time to plow all you do is lift up on your plow about half inch of the ground, then plow. Chip seal is strong.    

So Why Doesn’t Everyone Use Tar & Chip Seal?

The number one problem with Tar & Chip Seal is hardly no paving contractors still install them. You will have trouble finding a paving contractor that still installs them. You will have trouble finding a contractor in the phonebook who even knows what Tar & Chip Seal is let alone can install it. Here is why; Using tar as a binder requires warm temperatures for the tar to remain tacky. This limits the paving season during which CHIP SEAL ROADS can be laid. Asphalt manufacturers realized several decades ago that by mixing road materials at their plants rather than onsite they could extend the paving season. Since they could control the temperatures within their plants. Today that is what paving companies do. They mix asphalt at a hot mix plant and transport it to the job site. But chip seal was the original way they did all roads, driveways, streets and parking lots.

So Who Is Using Tar & Chip Seal Now?

The industry that is using Tar & Chip Seal regularly is your county, state and city. Mostly all of your county and state roads have all been chip sealed. And with the rising cost of hot mix black top, a lot of cities are using chip seal on their city streets. But the average person may not know that. When a county, state or city road is chip sealed it only takes 6 to 8 months for all of the top surface rocks to seal in because of the high volume of traffic it gets making it look very much like older cured black top road. We are not saying that all county, state and city roads and streets are chip sealed but most of them are. Make sure and check out our YouTube video

Black Top Paving Services

CD Paving does all types of asphalt paving for Driveways, Walkways, Parking Lots etc. We buy only the best materials for your job. Asphalt has been used extensively for paving and road construction, is highly regarded for its excellent water proofing and flexibility, and can withstand punishing traffic and weather. The strength of asphalt is directly related to the overall pavement design, from the compacted base, up to the surface of the asphalt, and we maintain strict standards in all aspects of your project.

Available materials and processes include Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete (HMAC), Asphalt Patching & Repair, Chip Seal, Crack control, Asphalt Seal Coat, Oil Base Coating, Specialty Coatings with grit finish, Grading and Excavation, Recycled or Green Materials, and Striping.

Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete (HMAC) – HMAC is produced by mixing an asphalt binder that has been heated to decrease its viscosity, and adding an aggregate that has been dried to remove moisture. Mixing is generally performed with the aggregate at about 300 °F for virgin asphalt and 330 °F for polymer modified asphalt, while the asphalt binder is at 200 °F. Paving and compaction must be performed while the asphalt is sufficiently hot, and during winter months, the base cools the asphalt too rapidly to allow proper compaction.

Asphalt Patching & Repair – Asphalt patching is an effective maintenance process, and can be done when the air and ground temperatures are above freezing. CD Paving Service can spot patch for a temporary fix of potholes or bad areas, and can repair street cuts from utility work. All work is done turnkey, and includes saw cutting when necessary, along with removal and disposal.

When saw cut removal & replacement is required, the sub-grade generally must be repaired before starting any asphalt paving to ensure that you have a permanent fix. Saw Cut Removal and Replacement is the most effective repair when an asphalt surface has been neglected and water infiltration has begun to undermine the sub-grade material. Saw Cut repairs might cost a bit more but in the long run it is worth every penny. Check out our YouTube videos  

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Thank you for visiting CD PAVING & SEAL COATING’S Blog, this your one stop for information on Black Top Paving and Tar & Chip Seal Paving. CD PAVING & SEAL COATING proudly services Texas and Oklahoma. We do Black Top Paving, Seal Coating, Chip Sealing, grading/excavating, patching or asphalt repairs. We service on commercial, residential, or industrial, parking lots, driveways, and ranch roads.
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