Tar and Chip Paving: Can you DIY? You’re thinking about installing a new tar and chip seal driveway, but is it a DIY project?
The process of tar and chip seal paving is a highly popular alternative to traditional asphalt paving, largely because it’s more affordable and involves less maintenance over the journey. While the process is fairly straightforward, it is not necessarily a project you want to tackle yourself.
Before you perform hours of research, load up on materials, and purchase a handful of tools, take note of these four advantages that a professional tar and chip seal paving contractor brings to the table:
1. They have the expertise
Without any tar and chip seal expertise, you’re likely going to spend more time and money attempting to pave your new driveway on your own. Without knowledge of the different materials, machinery, and methods, you’re going to need to work closely with some kind of reference—whether it’s a guide, article, or video.
The professional tar and chip seal contractor not only has knowledge of the different materials and machinery that is used but also has an understanding of how to complete the work on schedule and as efficiently as possible.
2. They have the experience
As is the case with any type of skill, you don’t master tar and chip seal paving overnight. In all likelihood, you’re going to make a few mistakes along the way—mistakes that you might not be willing to make on something as important as your driveway!
But even if you’re willing to endure a few hiccups, issues may arise that you’re simply unable to troubleshoot on your own. The last thing you want is to have poured time, money, and resources into a project you can’t finish.
Professional tar and chip seal paving contractors, on the other hand, are masters of their craft and have installed driveways of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Leaning on their past experiences, they are able to come up with creative solutions to problems and deliver the best possible end result for the customer.
3. They have easier access to materials
Because professional tar and chip seal contractors perform the work regularly, they have go-to vendors and suppliers that are often able to sell high-quality materials to them at discounted rates.
While you may know what you need to complete the job, you likely don’t have the relationships or connections to beat the kind of rates that your local contractor is able to secure for different materials.
4. They have the equipment
Tar and chip seal paving is not a job that can be performed with everyday tools. You won’t be able to stop in at your local department store and come home with everything you need to pave your new driveway.
Instead, you’ll need to rent out heavy machinery to turn your dream of a tar and chip seal driveway into a reality. At a minimum, you’ll need an asphalt distributor, chip spreader, and roller. What’s more, you’ll need to know how to operate this machinery—or at least know someone who can do it for you.
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Most professional contractors have their own equipment that allows them to perform the work, day in and day out. They are also experts at operating the equipment and know-how to use it to deliver a gorgeous finished product!
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