Tar and Chip Driveways

Tar and chip driveways are ideal for those who prefer not to sacrifice aesthetics but want to keep costs down. Also referred to as chip-and-seal or seal chip, it is used in a lot of residential and commercial driveways as well as roadways.

This kind of driveway is named as such because its primary materials are tar and chip. Tar is a viscous liquid that is usually coloured black or dark brown. The “chip” part refers to the stone chips which form the finished surface of the driveway.

Why Go for Tar and Chip Driveways?


Tar and chip is the perfect choice for those who are looking for a low-cost material for their driveway. It is cheaper as compared to asphalt, concrete and pavers. While it may be a bit more expensive than gravel, tar and chip driveway is harder and more durable.

Since it is inexpensive, this material is highly recommended for paving large areas or long driveways.


Aside from its affordability, its impressive appearance is another reason why people are going for this paving option.

With its natural beauty, you can easily achieve a rustic-looking driveway. Meanwhile, if it’s a unique design you’re after, this material is also the best choice.

As the stone chips come in different sizes and colours, it wouldn’t be difficult to create a one-of-a-kind finish. You can simply mix and match different colours (and even sizes) to come up with a bespoke design for your driveway.

Low Maintenance

A tar and chip driveway requires minimal upkeep. It does not have to be regularly sealed, unlike asphalt driveways. Furthermore, its colourful finish stays even without any treatment.

It also hides oil leaks better than asphalt and concrete. In case there are displaced or missing stones, all you need to do is to replace them. Resurfacing or reinforcing it can be done after 7 to 10 years.


Both asphalt and concrete driveways have smooth and slick surface or finish. On the other hand, a tar and chip driveway has a rough texture due to the crushed angular stones.

Some find the coarse finish unappealing. However, from a safety perspective, the roughness of the surface makes the driveway less dangerous when it is wet or snow-covered.

Simply put, a tar and chip driveway has better traction, providing a firmer grip to the foot or tyre. So, you do not have to worry about slip-related accidents happening on your driveway.

Why Let Us Install Your Tar and Chip Driveways?

Installing a high-quality tar and chip driveway requires superior materials, proper equipment and most importantly, trained pavers. Without these, you would just end up with a substandard driveway that’s going to be prone to damages and more expensive to maintain.

New Style Driveways is Ireland’s trusted installer of tar and chip driveways. We take pride in being one of the few companies in Ireland with a team of pavers who are trained and experienced in installing this kind of low-cost driveway.

With our paving specialists, you can count on getting a driveway built according to standards, using only superior quality materials.

Here at New Style Driveways, we are committed to providing our clients with durable tar and chip driveways that enhance the overall appearance of their property.

Planning to install a tar and chip driveway? Let our experienced paving specialists do the job! Please call us today on 0852139591 to learn about our services or to request a quotation.