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Tar And Chip Driveway Video

The two most common driveway types in the Tri-state area are blacktop and concrete. These are plain driveways. If you want a great looking, customized driveway, try a tar and chip driveway.

To build a tar and chip driveway, you apply a layer of liquid asphalt on the driveway base. This is sprayed on to the driveway about 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. Into that hot tar, dump gravel chips. They can be brown, gray or any other gravel color that is available. Do not put too much tar down or the tar will seep up through the gravel.

Under the top layer of loose stones, the bottom layer of gravel is firmly embedded in the tar. Looks a lot like a standard blacktop driveway. This type drive provides excellent traction in the winter time. If you want to plow the snow off the driveway, just keep that snowplow blade about an inch off the ground.

If you want a tar and chip driveway, start in your yellow pages under blacktop contractors. You might find one that knows how to install tap and chip driveways.


2 Responses to Tar And Chip Driveway Video

  1. We have an approx. 100' sloping (15-20 degrees?) driveway on the Massachusetts coast (Rockport MA) that is approx 40 years old, used to be blacktop but now all broken up. The top butts up to the street and the bottom ends up at a large gravel parking area. Can I do a tar and chip driveway or will that be pushed down and ruined fast? Just gravel most certainly would. Just blacktop is ugly in that area. I also would consider two cement (?) strips in the length with gravel in between and on the sides. Your comments please, Thanks.

    • You need to get rid of the blacktop. Then a finished base with crushed stone needs to be put in that's EXACTLY the same as the finished drive surface but one-half inch lower than the finished. The tar and chip makes up the difference.

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