What is Chip Sealing?
Chip sealing is a cost-effective way to both build a durable driveway and a decorative driveway or private road. Chip sealing is a coating of hot applied liquid asphalt emulsions. The second step is to imbed crushed rock chips in the surface.
The top surface of stone is left free of asphalt so the black asphalt is covered and the rock is the only color that shows. This result in a wearing course of rock glued in place by the asphalt coating applied over the base pavement. The rock selected controls the final driveway color.
The end result is a thick layer of asphalt and a layer of fine crushed rock over the existing pavement. These two components work together for years to provide a protective layer that defends against water penetration into the base material, frost heaves and asphalt oxidation. This treatment creates long lasting durable driveway.
• Creates a warm rustic driving surface
• Skid resitance
• Chip Seals eliminate the need to crack seal
• Smoothed irregularities
For Private Roads
For private roads, chip sealing is a distinctive, durable pavement surface choice for either new construction or maintenance needs. This offers associations and subdivision developers more than just a hard pavement surface for cars to drive on.
With chip seals the durability and appearance work together to enhance the properties aesthetics.
Typical stone, gravel or dirt private roads do have a rural look but suffer from dust in the summer and mud in the spring. These types of roads also need periodic grading and maintenance due to traffic moving the material around. A solid decorative stone chip seal surface is an excellent alternative. The chip seal keeps the warm natural look but avoids the need for periodic applications with dust suppressants, raking and grading program that takes time and money for maintenance.
Private roads that are structurally solid but in need of care can be cost effectively up graded to a new surface for less than a new pavement over lay with asphalt. The thick layer of asphalt in the chip seal process provides the durability and water sealing qualities. The top color or natural stone surface provides a distinct look of a private country estate.
The process of chip sealing is outstanding in sealing the existing road surface from water intrusion. But it also protects the asphalt from weathering and oxidation. Applications of chip seal can and often prolongs the life of the road by 8 to 12 years. This time frame can be much greater depending upon the age and condition of the particular private road and the amount of traffic that the private road receives.