A Chip seal is an application of asphalt binder on existing pavement or native soils followed by a layer of aggregate chips. The treatment is then rolled to embed the aggregate into the binder. The chip seal treats the road surface to extend the life of your pavement. Usually performed on aging pavement, it is also used on new roads. There are many benefits to chip sealing, including
Chip sealing is a technique used in road maintenance that involves applying a layer of asphalt emulsion to a roadway, followed by a layer of small aggregate or “chips.” The chips are then compacted into the emulsion, creating a textured surface that provides skid resistance and protects the underlying pavement.
Chip sealing is often used on low-traffic roads as a cost-effective way to extend the life of the pavement. It can also be used to address issues such as cracks and potholes, and to improve the appearance of the roadway.
The process of chip sealing typically involves several steps. First, the roadway is cleaned and any necessary repairs are made. Then, the asphalt emulsion is applied to the road surface using a distributor truck. Next, the chips are spread over the emulsion using a spreader box, and then rolled into the emulsion using a pneumatic roller.
While chip sealing can be an effective maintenance technique, it does require periodic reapplication to maintain its effectiveness. Additionally, it can create some inconvenience for motorists while the work is being done, as traffic may need to be rerouted or slowed down during the application and curing process.
We custom-tailor the materials mix we use for each individual job to get the best and most cost-effective solution for optimal results. We often use a PMCRS-2h oil product and 3/8” Caltrans spec aggregate rock combination for long-lasting results. Tell us about your specific needs and we will create the right mix for your chip seal project.