Chip seal paving has become more and more popular over the last few years, especially here in Texas. But why? What are the benefits that set it apart from standard asphalt paving?
Let’s take a look at how chip seal paving is different, and then explore the benefits of this type of paving.
What Is Chip Seal Paving?
Chip seal paving is made of the exact same materials as standard asphalt pavement. The only real difference comes from the way it’s constructed. Chip seal paving is constructed by placing small chips on a layer of heated asphalt. The paved area is then compacted to get the chips in the best position to adhere to the asphalt. Then, excess chips are swept away from the top.
Unlike regular asphalt paving, chip seal paving provides an excellent barrier to prevent moisture and water from getting into the pavement. Chip seal pavement self-seals, so there’s no need for crack sealing. However, chip sealing is only ideal for areas of low traffic, and cannot stand up to more than about 2,500 vehicles per day rolling over it.
Benefits of Chip Seal Paving
Chip seal paving comes with a lot of benefits. For one, it’s less expensive than regular asphalt by a large margin. This means that roads can be maintained very easily and at a low cost. It’s also quicker to apply and doesn’t require the same prep that asphalt does, so it’s easier to keep roads operational.
In addition, chip seal provides great skid protection and eliminates the formation of black ice. The sealing process provides a moisture barrier that can keep the pavement looking great for longer, without cracks or holes. For the most part, any cracks are self-repaired by the chips moving back together (even in warmer weather).
All of these benefits also come with a great look: many people in the Fort Worth area find that chip seal provides a better look in addition to being less expensive.
To inquire further about chip and seal (a.k.a. “tar and chip”) paving and how it might work for you, contact United Asphalt Paving in Fort Worth today!