Driveline Surfacing Ltd are specialists in the tar and chip industry, with our experienced team of surveyors and in-house contractors we have successfully completed a huge range of surface dressing Contracts across the UK.
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We specialise in tar and chip driveways and have completed a huge range of surface dressing contracts within the UK, gaining a portfolio of residential and commercial properties. With our self owned state of the art machinery we can competitively compete for big or small surface dressing contracts.
With years of experience in tar and chip surfacing driveways, we are extremely proud of our reputation and the service we provide, and we have received countless five-star reviews for it. Every single tar and chip driveway project we undertake gets our full attention. We take our work seriously, because improving your home or business is the most important thing that we could do for you.
Tar and Chip Driveways Pros and Cons
Pros of Tar and Chip
Traction and Skid Resistance
Ease of Repair
Cons of Tar and Chip
Snow Removal Challenges
Less Effective in Extreme Temperatures
Not Ideal for Heavy Traffic
Limited Professional Expertise
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What is Tar and Chip Driveway?
A tar and chip driveway, also known as chip-and-seal, macadam, or liquid-asphalt-and-stone, is a cost-effective alternative to traditional asphalt paving.
This type of driveway consists of a base layer of hot tar, followed by a layer of aggregate stones that are compacted into the tar.
The result is a solid, textured surface offering improved traction. Tar and chip driveways are low maintenance, aesthetically versatile, and provide a natural, rustic appearance that blends well with rural settings. Ideal for low-traffic areas, they are a popular choice for residential driveways, country roads, and scenic routes.
How long does tar and chip last?
Tar and chip driveways typically last between 7 to 10 years, depending on various factors such as climate, traffic volume, and the quality of installation and materials used.
Proper maintenance can extend their lifespan but generally require less upkeep than traditional asphalt driveways.
Weather conditions like extreme temperatures and heavy rainfall can impact durability, and driveways in areas with less traffic and milder climates tend to last longer. Regular monitoring and minor repairs can help maintain their condition over the years.
How we do tar-and-chip driveways?
All preparation is carried out if there is a current surface which is just showing signs of fatigue and needs a protective coat we will just thoroughly clean the surface removing all unwanted debris and defects. However if it requires kerbs or a sub base this is usually carried out the day before. At this stage we can widen roads, create new roads, lay recycled road planning’s, install kerb edging to act as a retainer or decorative feature.
Once all preparation work is completed we would move onto the installing the tar and chip surface. A k-170 polymer reinforced bitumen liquid is heated to 80 degrees and sprayed onto the surface. This seals the surface preventing water penetrating into the surface causing damage. This also forms a bond for the aggregate of choice followed.
A double washed Aggregate of your choice is applied directly to the hot liquid , the aggregate is compacted into the hot k-170 bitumen liquid to ensure proper embedment. Leaving a final country finish which will look good for the years ahead.
Whether you are looking for new driveway, patio, path or surfacing for a large open space then Driveline Surfacing Ltd has the right solution for you.
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Most tar and chip surfaces have 80% aggregate inbedded into the tar and 20% loose aggregate on top. If you are looking for a surface which leaves no loose aggregate resin bound would be the best option
A hot polymer cb-672 tar is sprayed to the base in question around 70 degrees with either a 6-10mm golden pea aggregate or a 6-10mm grey granite chipping applied into the hot tar forming a hard surface.
As times as changed the and the winters are not as harsh as they use to be we tend to work all year round. As long as the ground conditions are reasonably dry and the temperature is above 6 degrees tar and chip surfacing can be carried out.
Tar-and-chip (chip-and-seal) is generally cheaper than tarmac (asphalt). The cost difference arises from the materials used and the installation process. Tar-and-chip driveways use less expensive materials and a more straightforward installation process compared to tarmac. This makes it a more budget-friendly option for those seeking a durable and effective driveway solution without the higher cost associated with asphalt paving. However, while tar-and-chip is more affordable initially, it’s important to consider long-term maintenance and durability when comparing overall costs.
Typically, you can drive on a tar-and-chip surface within a few hours after its application. The exact time can vary depending on weather conditions and the specific materials used. In hot and dry conditions, the surface can set more quickly, while in cooler or more humid weather, it may take longer. It’s generally advisable to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before driving on it to ensure the surface has properly set and cured. This waiting period helps in achieving a firm and durable finish, preventing any damage from premature use.