WHAT TO DO
Who do I contact when I need a Tar & Chip Paving contractor?
Look online or in your local phone book, call all local paving companies ask if they do Tar & Chip Paving.
How do I know if my asphalt driveway or parking lot should be Paved with Tar & Chip Paving?
Is the asphalt old or cracked? Is there any potholes in your driveway or parking lot? Is there going to be a lot of truck traffic on the road? If so then you are a great candidate for Tar & Chip Paving.
What do I look for in a Tar & Chip contractor?
A good Tar & Chip contractor will have fully functional Chip Seal Equipment, A experienced crew, Great reviews, Lots of references, A great website with lots of photos and videos like www.cdpaving.net, Acceptable insurance, Knowledge in all Tar & Chip Paving requirements and of course competitive prices.
What is the average Tar & Chip Paving Job Scope?
Scope 1 Bidding
Scope 2 Contract
Scope 3 Mobilization
Scope 4 Prep Work
Scope 5 Tar Spraying
Scope 6 Rock Spreading
Scope 7 Rolling Rock to compaction
Scope 8 Payment
Scope 1 Bidding - Get your Bids to see what is the best approach. Some bids will be very high, some will be very cheap, be wary of both, it's easy to say no to the highest bid but very cheap bids usually mean cheap work or inexperienced in bidding, no insurance or old poor equipment. There are lots of new contractors getting into the Tar & Chip Paving industry that just don't know what they are doing or how to do it. They will do anything to get the job, but usually cut corners or leave the job half done costing the customer more money in the long run
Scope 2 Contract - Always make sure you get your job on a contract, handshakes just don't get it done anymore. Contracts protect the customer and the contractor. Tar & Chip Paving is a business, a good contract makes for a good understanding and a good understanding makes for a good business relationship.
Scope 3 Mobilization - Your Tar & Chip Paving contractor will bring out their equipment to start the job, this is usually the time you would give your contractor any down payment needed to start your project.
Scope 4 Prep Work - Prep work on a gravel base driveway or parking lot will begin by grading or spreading more base if needed followed by rolling the base to compaction. If your driveway or parking lot is old asphalt then the contractor would clean the old asphalt and do any necessary patch work before the Tar & Chip Paving begins.
Scope 5 Tar Spraying - When prep work is complete the contractor will start to spray the hot tar with a asphalt distributor, this will be accomplished by a spray bar system or hand wand spray system. Both methods are acceptable.
Scope 6 Rock Spreading - After the Hot Asphalt tar is sprayed the rock spreading will begin. Chip spreaders is what is used either by a self driving chip spreader, a chip spreader on back of a truck or a chip spreader hooked up to a skid steer attachment
Scope 7 Rolling to Compaction - After Tar is sprayed and the rock is spread, then the rollers will come in and roll all gravel to compaction into the tar. But the Rock will pack better into the tar as traffic starts to drive on it.
Scope 8 Payment - After your job is completed, inspect your job and make sure it's everything you agreed on your contract, if it is and the job is satisfactory then it's time to pay your contractor and enjoy your new Tar & Chip Driveway.
What to do when you see grass growing in Tar & Chip Paving?
This is not a big problem. The truth is grass and weeds grow, your contractor will take every step to kill the grass and weeds but they can grow back, so keep a bottle of Roundup or any type of herbicide in the garage and when you see a blade of grass or weed pop up spray it, don't let it grow and overtake. Attack the vegetation before it grows wild then when the weed or grass dries out and die away then the chip seal will usually bond back together.
What to do 10 years later when My Tar & Chip Driveway needs done agin?
Call your contractor back and tell them it's time to Chip Seal your Driveway agin. Usually prep work is at a minimal and you can go over your old Tar & Chip Paving with a new layer of Tar & Chip Paving, the price would be cheaper than a new install however you must account for inflation.
What to do if I have low areas in my Tar & Chip Driveway?
There is not a driveway or parking lot anywhere in the United States of America that does not have a few low areas, it's just a imperfection with all pavements Concrete, Black Top and Tar & Chip Paving. To have some low areas is normal but it's usually not something worry about.
What to do if no paving company in my area does Tar & Chip Paving?
Unfortunately Most local paving companies don't do any Tar & Chip Paving, it can be a challenge trying to find some one who will do driveways or parking lots, so reach out to us and let's see if we can recommend someone close to your city.