How Much Does A Tar and Chip Driveway Cost?

Paul Pogue
Written by Paul Pogue
Updated August 12, 2020
Gravel driveway
You can reduce the dust from your gravel driveway. (Photo courtesy of Julie S., of Beaverton, Oregon)

A chip seal driveway costs an average of $1,850. Most job costs range between $650 and $3,050.

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The average base cost of chip sealing is about $3 per square foot. The size of the project, the state of the site, and local labor and materials cost will affect the overall price. As the commodity price of oil rises or falls, expect the cost of this project to do the same.

This kind of paving is usually less than the cost of installing a concrete driveway but more than one made of gravel. Let a Pro, who can safely work with the equipment and hot asphalt, install your driveway, residential road or parking lot.

Tar and Chip Driveway Cost Factors

A tar and chip driveway — also known as macadam, chip seal and oil and stone — consists of hot liquid asphalt covered with crushed stone, which gets compacted before the asphalt hardens. Tar-and-chip paving works best on rural, low-traffic and slow-speed surfaces where loose or excess chips won't be as likely to damage vehicles. The best time to install this kind of paving is when the weather is hot and arid. The asphalt should be poured onto a warm and dry surface. Stone chips don't take to cool or hard asphalt. There are a few factors - in addition to the size of the project and the commodity price of oil - that influence the cost of installing macadam.

Plan to slope your driveway away from your home. Pitching, or tipping, the driveway directs water safely away from your property. When installing oil and stone chips over a concrete driveway, the foundation shouldn't be cracked or sagging. The average cost of leveling a foundation is $900. The typical expense for driveway repairs falls between $300 and $4,500.

The terrain type may also affect the overall cost. A homeowner may spend as much as $9,000 or as little as $450 to clear land and prepare the site. It all depends on how many tasks the crew has.

Permits typically cost between $500 to $2,000. A municipality may require them if the tar-and-chip driveway connects to a residential street. The average cost is about $1,100, but that can vary significantly depending on the city or state.

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