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Is Tar-and-Chip Right for Your Property?

Once you’ve decided to install a new driveway or replace the existing one, choosing the right material to use can be quite hard. Luckily, an expert professional in residential and commercial asphalt paving in Baltimore County can help. At XSealer Asphalt Maintenance we guide customers in choosing the right material from a wide range of options.

Tar-and-chip driveways, also known as seal chip, macadam, liquid asphalt-and-stone, or chip-and-seal paving, often resemble asphalt but have different installation processes. For seal chip driveways, the installation starts with a gravel base, over which hot tar is poured. Next, loose stone is laid over the surface and compressed to form a uniform layer.

How Does Asphalt Paving Compare to Tar-and-Chip Driveways?

The main difference between asphalt and tar-and-chip driveways lies in the mode of installation. While liquid asphalt-and-stone pavers require a gravel base for the installation to start, asphalt needs to have a paved base built, mostly through excavation and grading. Besides that, sometimes you can have a tar-and-chip surface installed on top an existing driveway. On the other hand, asphalt paving can’t be applied onto existing driveways.

For those who prefer the clean look of asphalt, you will appreciate the quick installation process compared to other options. Typically, professionals install an asphalt driveway within one to two days. An added benefit of an asphalt driveway is the durability. Next, an asphalt driveway requires minimal maintenance. We recommend reaching out to a paving company for sealcoating services every two years to maximize the lifespan of your asphalt. The smooth and seamless appearance of asphalt is always a favorite for business and homeowners.

Looking for Residential or Commercial Paving in Baltimore County? Trust the Experts at XSealer Asphalt Maintenance.


Regardless of whether you want to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of a tar-and-chip driveway or the long-term service guaranteed by asphalt, XSealer Asphalt Maintenance can help choose and install the right option.

We have over 10 years of experience with sealcoating and asphalt construction. When you need residential or commercial paving in Baltimore County, we can help. We are experts with stone grading, asphalt patching, asphalt resurfacing, and new asphalt paving installation. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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