Chipseal Paving (also Chip Seal)
There are lots of options to choose from when considering which type of paved surface is right for your project. Two of the most traditional types, chip seal and asphalt offer similar, smooth surfaces, with a variety of different finish options.
Chip seal is the original paving style. If you’ve spent any time on old country roads, you might already be familiar with its look. The look can vary from polished to very rustic depending on the type of gravel used as the chip, which forms the top layer. Chipseal paving is usually laid on rural roads carrying lower traffic volumes, and the process is often referred to as “asphaltic surface treatment”.
A base layer of hot liquid asphalt is applied to the prepared surface, and then stone is applied and rolled into the asphalt. What makes this paving style unique is the many different looks available depending on stone choice. A few of the options include, granite, slate and river rock.
The lighter stone colors also absorb less heat making for a cooler surface than asphalt alone.
The embedded stones also provide excellent traction on slopes and high moisture areas.
Chip seal is commonly used in rural areas for its natural look and high durability.
Chip seal is a great alternative road construction.
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