Tar & Chip
Save Money On Your Next Paving Project. Tar & Chip Paving is an affordable alternative to asphalt paving.
Tar & Chip Paving Services
Serving Western Canada From Our Offices In Calgary & Winnipeg
What Is Tar & Chip Paving?
When thinking about paving or repairing a driveway or road, the most common method that comes to mind is asphalt. However, there is a less commonly known option – tar and chip paving. Known also as chip seal, this method is much cheaper and quicker than the asphalt option. Its cost, however, does not reflect the aesthetic quality it brings to any home and its surroundings.
With the availability of various colour options of chipped stone, tar and chip driveways blend beautifully into any surrounding. Add to all that the fact that tar and chip paved driveways require minimal maintenance, this is a method you should consider before refurbishing your driveway!
Tar & Chip Paving Process
Step 1: Preparation
Prior to laying down the tar-and-chip, the surface of your driveway is prepared. Preparation required depends on the surface being paved but generally includes sweeping and blowing to get rid of debris, sealing any existing cracks and repairing the surface, in general, to allow for the settling of a smooth tarmac.
Step 2: Installation
Liquid asphalt is applied to the newly prepared surface with a specialized distributor truck to make sure that the asphalt laid down is consistently layered and is at the right temperature. Next, while the asphalt is still hot, chipped stones are spread so they can easily bind to the asphalt. Chipped stones can be chosen to fit the area surrounding the driveway, giving a natural, aesthetic finish to the whole area. Make sure to weigh up all the lovely colour options and pick the one that complements your home!
Finally, the chipped stones are rolled into the asphalt by a steamroller to fully embed the two. The tar-and-chipped driveway is ready to be stomped upon almost immediately, making it time-efficient and convenient as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Step 3: Maintenance
A tar-and-chip pavement is almost maintenance free. Unlike asphalt pavements, it requires no regular sealing. Furthermore, due to its gravel base, tar-and-chipped driveways provide very good traction for your vehicles since the fraction created by the chipped stones decreases the chance of slippage. Loose chipped stones might require sweeping back; however, usually, the loosened stones will find their way back into the warm tarmac in hot weather and the driveway repairs itself.
One possible problem is snow plowing. Due to individual chipped stones sticking out of the tarmac, a shovel can damage a section of the pathway. You can avoid this by making sure that the snowplow isn’t making direct contact with the driveway during the process
We Can Handle Any Project Big Or Small
We will pave your home's driveway, your acreages front road, or an entire town's main street. There is no paving project that is too small or too big, give us a call or request your free estimate.
Tar & Chip: FAQ
Is Ongoing Maintenance Required?
A big benefit to tar and chip paving is that it is virtually maintenance free. Just make sure you keep your rides just above the paved surface, as to avoid pulling out any loose chips.
How Long Does The Process Take?
Every project is different, but on average it takes between 2 – 3 days start to finish.
How Long Will It Last?
Depending on weather conditions, the paved surface shall last between 7 - 10 years. After this time, you will want to add another layer of tar and chip.
How Much Does It Cost?
The primary benefit of tar and chip paving is that it costs almost 50% less than asphalt. As with all paving projects, the total cost will be dependent on the amount of surface being paved. Contact us for your free quote.
Examples of Our Work
Why Ram Paving Ltd?
Hassle Free Since ‘03
Ram Paving Ltd has been doing chip paving since 2003. Before that, our family was paving the roads of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for almost thirty years!
Friendly Free Estimates
We understand that you want to take your time picking a chip paver for your project. That is why we strive to place on pressure on our customers throughout giving our free estimates.
We Are Dedicated To Fixing Any Mistakes
A job that isn’t done right, is a job that is not done. We will come back and fix any mistakes or problems that have occurred because of our mistakes.
Easy To Understand Pricing
You should always be able to understand what you are paying us for. If something is not clear, we will always take the time to answer your questions, so you feel confident in us and our work.