Tar-and-chip, also known as macadam, is a type of construction that uses layers of small single-sized crushed angular stones and places them in shallow lifts. It is then compacted thoroughly to give a dense and sturdy surface. The type of construction is usually seen in roads and airport runways, but it can also be used for the driveways at homes.
To construct a tar-and-chip driveway, your residential remodeling services provider will apply liquid asphalt or hot tar to a gravel base. Then they will throw stone chips on top of the tar so that they can stick on to the surface. You can ask your home remodeling and roofing services provider to add beautiful stone chips in this process to add more charm to your tar-and-chip driveway. You can also go for a particular color that blends with the color of your home exterior to get a uniform or contrasting look. After the stone chips are set on the tar, a steamroller will be used to press them on to the surface firmly and give you a strong and lasting driveway.
It is evident that all kinds of driveway materials have their own pros and cons, and tar-and-chip construction is not exempt from that. Yet again, the pros of tar-and-chip driveways often outweigh its drawbacks. Below is a quick look at the benefits and disadvantages of tar-and-chip driveways to help you make an informed decision.
The most striking advantage of choosing tar-and-chip construction is that they can create a very attractive driveway. They are very durable and much cheaper when compared to installing an asphalt-paved driveway at your home. Moreover, tar-and-chip driveways are easy to maintain and repair. The rough surface of the driveway because of the crushed angular stones also gives it good traction, making it less prone to accidents. There is no need to seal the driveway either, which can be a common concern for asphalt driveways.
The main drawback of opting for tar-and-chip driveway installation is that not many residential remodeling services offer the type of construction. Besides, it can be a bit difficult to remove snow from the driveway as well because of its rough surface. However, you can have the tar-and-chip driveway constructed in such a way that it does not allow much snow buildup on its surface. Overall, a tar-and-chip driveway can be the easiest way to add more beauty to your landscape. What’s more, tar-and-chip driveways do not show up oil leaks that easily as that seen with asphalt or concrete driveways.
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