Asphalt Chip Sealing
Asphalt Chip Sealing Services
If you’re considering using chip seal instead of asphalt in a project, the most obvious benefit of choosing to use chip seal is likely going to be the cost.
Asphalt chip sealing typically works well to preserve a pavement that is already in good condition. Usually, the base will be made from asphalt, and the chip seal will be applied on top.
Coastal Paving & Excavating is a leader and trusted provider for underground utilities, roads, driveways and parking lots in the Monterey Peninsula.
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What is Chip Sealing?
Asphalt chip seal is considered the ‘original’ paving style; invented in the early 1800s, modernized, and still utilized widely across America today. With chip seal, a very thin layer of asphalt emulsion is used underneath, followed by the placement of aggregate and crushed stone layers that get compacted on top.
At Coastal Paving and Excavations, we provide both asphalt chip seal and full asphalt paving solutions. Our team can help provide you with guidance as to your options as well as quotes for any options you’re considering for future projects.
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Is Cheap Seal Better than Asphalt?
Which solution is best will depend on the specifics of the project. Not every project will be suited to using the same materials, and nor will every budget allow for the use of either. When you want to pave a personal drive, a road, a complex, or a parking lot, there are always going to be unique options to take into consideration.
In terms of looking at affordable paving options, both asphalt and chip seal are viable options. There are pros and cons for each option, and it’s important to speak with a professional company that offers both chip seal and asphalt to ensure you get the right solution, free from any bias, and a clear understanding of which is best and why it is the most suited for your individual project’s needs.
Some of the reasons that clients prefer chip sealing to asphalt are highlighted below.
- Asphalt requires regular maintenance, inspections, seal coating, and damage repair work.
- Asphalt can be sensitive to extreme temperatures, be those hot or cold. This can make it more susceptible to chipping and cracking.
- Asphalt is only available in black. In contrast, chip sealing is offered in a range of different top coatings, different colors and sizes of gravel, and more. This customization is what makes chip sealing appealing to those looking to match their paving with the aesthetics and style of a property.
- Chip seal is a more affordable solution than asphalt.
- Due to the fact chip sealing is not jet black, it’s also a lot cooler and will not absorb as much heat in the warmer months.
If you’re still on the fence about whether to choose asphalt or chip sealing for your next project, then we’re here to help. If you have any questions to ask, or you’d like to crunch the numbers, we have the knowledge and experience to help you get the answers you need.
How Long Will Asphalt Chip Seal Last?
On average, chip sealing can last around seven years. However, depending on the volume of traffic, maintenance, and weather conditions, this can vary upwards or downwards. Another vital element of ensuring your chip sealing lasts for as long as possible is hiring professional chip sealing contractors to carry out the work. Out of all the elements, this is completely within your control.
Something else that can impact the length of time an asphalt chip seal will last is home-factors. If you have noticed an excess of wear and tear on the currently paving or surface, this could be relevant and require a little further investigation. Perhaps there are drainage issues on the property, and if this is the case, your paving contractor can help guide you as to which aggregate could provide you with the best support for your individual installation.
Working with a reputable company, such as ourselves, can ensure you get high-quality chip sealing installed professionally and with durability in mind. We can also provide you with the ongoing maintenance and support needed to ensure you get the most from your investment.
Please contact a member of the team today to get a quote for asphalt chip sealing.
Will a Chip Seal Driveway Need Much Maintenance?
An asphalt chip seal driveway doesn’t actually require very much maintenance. Unlike asphalt, which benefits from getting regular seal coating every 3-5 years, an asphalt chip seal drive is a lot easier to maintain. The longevity of the surface will depend on the traffic, whether or not you park heavy vehicles on it, and the local climate as well.
If you get minor cracks, small potholes, or chips on the surface, it’s important to take care of these immediately to prevent them from escalating into anything more severe or costly. We would also recommend that you regularly power wash the surface annually or as often as required. This is because motor fuel and oil can actually breakdown the binders in the asphalt and lead to otherwise preventable degradation.
Why Choose Coastal Paving and Excavating?
We are your one-stop-shop for all your asphalt paving and concrete requirements. Aside from providing professional asphalt chip sealing for projects of all sizes, we also offer a range of other useful services, including fine grading, patching, parking lot striping, crack filling, and more.
We value our customer-first approach to doing business and have exceptionally high standards of service that utilize the highest grade of products and workmanship. We do all of this while upholding our commitment to always offer great value for money to our clients and friendly professional service from the moment you contact us through to completion and thereafter.
These values and commitments make us a leader in our sector and one of the most trusted asphalt seal coating contractors in Monterey County.
If you have a project you would like to discuss, or you’d like to find out the cost of a local asphalt chip sealing service, please contact a member of our team today.
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