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Commonly Asked Questions About Chip Seal Driveways

When it comes to driveways and paving materials, people usually think of either concrete,  gravel or a tarmac driveway. While these are all great driveway options, there is one other type of driveway material that is just as valid, and that is a chip seal. The unique benefits of a chip seal driveway even make it the best choice in some situations.

However, most people know very little about this driveway material, which is why in this article, we shall be providing some helpful answers to the questions you might have about chip seal driveways. 

What is Chip Seal?

Chip seal is what you get when crushed stone is poured and compacted over a thin asphalt foundation. A couple more layers of the crushed stone are further compacted on top of it, so in the end, an eye-catching and highly stable driveway surface is achieved. Compared to materials like asphalt, chip seal driveways are highly customisable, so they can add a colourful and textured look.

Does a Chip Seal Driveway Provide Good Traction?

Because the top layer of a chip seal driveway is composed of compacted crushed stones, it provides excellent traction. This high traction does not, however, affect driving on the driveway; if anything, chip-seal driveways provide a very smooth driving surface.

What Does a Chip Seal Driveway Look Like?

One of the best things about chip seal driveways is their customisability, which means that they can have many different looks. Depending on your home’s design aesthetics or environment, you can choose different types of stone to be crushed and used for the top layer mixture. 

What are the Benefits of Chip Seal?

In addition to being highly customisable, chip seal driveways offer a host of other benefits, such as; a unique and eye-catching appearance, a stable surface for smooth driving, easy installation and minimal maintenance.

How Long Does a Chip Seal Driveway Last?

A chip seal driveway typically lasts between 5-7 years. While this may seem shorter than other driveways like asphalt or concrete, it is important to remember that the crushed stone on the surface of other driveways (asphalt or concrete) tends to wear down more easily than with chip seal. In cases where resurfacing is needed, chip seal is also much easier to resurface than concrete and asphalt. 

What is Chip Seal Maintenance Like?

Chip seal doesn’t really have or require any consistent maintenance needs. Compared to asphalt and concrete, chip doesn’t crack easily, so regular sealing is not required. The surface of the driveway can, however, be damaged if something heavy (like a snow plough) is dragged over it. This means that care needs to be taken when ploughing or shovelling over a chip seal driveway. 

How Much Does Chip Seal Cost?

Compared to other driveway materials, a chip seal driveway is very affordable. The specific price for its installation does, however, vary depending on factors like; demand, design decisions, the current cost of oil and the driveway installation company.

Are Chip Seal Driveways as Good as Other Driveways?

The answer to this actually depends on your preferences and the intended use of your driveway. While chip seal is very flexible, it is prone to damage from very heavy machinery (like snow ploughs), so if you intend to put your driveway under constant heavy loads, then asphalt or concrete might be the better choice.

However, for a driveway that undergoes regular traffic, the customisability, good traction, flexibility, and ease of maintenance of chip seal make it a top choice. 

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a new driveway that offers the benefits of customisability, visual appeal, easy installation, minimal maintenance, and good traction while also being very affordable, then chip seal might be right for you. Hopefully, the answers provided above will help you make an informed decision on whether or not a chip seal driveway is what you need.