One of the best attributes of a tar and chip surface is how little maintenance is needed, but no driveway is truly maintenance-free. In order to help maintain the life of your tar and chip investment, we are providing some information and recommendations for care. As always, you can call us with any questions about these guidelines!
Tar and Chip needs time to bond. You will be able to drive on your surface immediately but please stay cautious for the first two months and drive slower than usual. Driving over the surface area helps the chips and tar bond. The more layers of tar and chip, the more permanent the surface will be. Since it takes months for tar and chip to fully bond, it is important to avoid the following:
WEEDS: The first couple layers of tar and chip may still get weeds growing through the surface. This is normal and will depend on how shaded the surface is and how much rain we get. You will need to use weed killer on these spots or pick them out. The more layers of tar and chip, the less likely this will happen.
SNOW REMOVAL: If shoveling or using a snow plow, use a rubber tipped shovel or plow. For plowing with a vehicle, keep the plow 1 inch above the surface. Remaining snow will melt and drain through the surface. You can use anti-skid if needed, but sometimes tar and chip is able to get better traction than other surface products.
Any stakes, ribbons or ropes we have left may be thrown away after 3 days. Any cones or signs we will return to get. Please leave them where we can see them.