Tar and Chip Paving has a long history. Way before there were asphalt plants producing hot-mix, roadways needed structure and stabilization. For over 150 years, the simple technique of applying a thick layer of tar to a well-graded road base and covering it with aggregate was relied on to expand early North American infrastructure.
Fast-forward to this March of 2017, the Canadian government has cited the increased use of Tar and Chip Paving as the future of the pavement industry in Canada. Municipalities and provinces across the country have increased budgets for tar and chip paving as the method of constructing new, low-traffic roads as well as preserving existing pavement surfaces to extend their lifespan.
TAC Ottawa experienced strong growth over the last few years due to the success of our upgraded and proprietary tar and chip paving technique. We started by applying the government spec for Canadian Tar and Chip roadways to our driveways. However, we wanted to create something even better so we didn’t stop there.
TAC Canada Inc has developed a long-term relationship with the world’s largest chemical manufacturers to help develop new proprietary additives to increase pavement flexibility and lifespan in Canadian climates.
“We developed a proprietary paving process” said Davis. “Nobody else knows our recipe and that is something we are very proud of. Our goal is to make the best pavements more affordable. Our pavements will last a long time and cost less than other surfaces.” -Ottawa Citizen’s Newspaper interview with TAC Ottawa CEO Taylor Davis, May 2015.
Before TAC Ottawa, tar and chip was known as an old paving technique. Companies before us would show up and just start spraying tar, covering it with stone and thinking that was good enough. Simply put: nobody took the time to innovate on this process until we showed up in the marketplace. Read more About Our Story here.
Tar and Chip Ottawa’s process is extensive. In addition to first installing a laser-graded base, we pave a much thicker overall pavement. We use high-grade, innovative materials: HIGH AC-Content, polymers, rubber and other specialized compounds that help us to produce the Ottawa pavements that we do today.
We started calling it Tar and Chip 2.0, but then our customers started calling us ‘The Smart Way to Pave’. Get a free quote now: 613-627-3833 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for taking the time to read about our company and our products. Happy paving!
Home owners should be aware that residential asphalt paving contractors buy their asphalt from the same manufacturers that are producing problematic asphalt in Ottawa, cited by the Auditor General’s report on pre-mature failure of asphalt after only 1-3 years.
In many cases, the costs to repair failing asphalt was as high as 53% of the original contract price! The lifetime value of asphalt is decreasing and cost of ownership has skyrocketed.
After the 2016 Auditor General’s report on the premature failure of asphalt pavements all over Ontario, TAC Ottawa was invited to attend a provincial pavement conference with the National Capital Heavy Equipment Association. We discussed potential solutions to premature asphalt failure with some of Canada’s biggest construction companies and government bodies.
We were delighted to hear our product videos were being played at their offices during discussions on pavement technology!
1- There was serious concern for premature failure of asphalt pavements across the Ottawa-Toronto areas, with severe cracks showing up after only 1-3 years of asphalt paving.
2- Premature asphalt failure in Ottawa pavement was costing us an average of 16% of contract costs annually. “In a sample of five highway jobs, the ministry paid $23 million in repairs after only one to three years. That’s on top of $143 million to do the paving jobs initially. All of the work should have had a life of 15 years.” – 2016 Auditor General’s Report.
3- The cause of premature asphalt failure was identified as: “Irresponsible use of recycled asphalt content by asphalt manufacturers” as well as low AC Content in asphalt hot-mix pavements.
You’re already spending tons of your tax money on cleaning up after weak asphalt. Give us a call 613-627-3833 email@example.com to get a free estimate today.
TAC Ottawa driveway’s never need to be replaced. Our construction method is layered. Even at the end of the driveway’s lifecycle, you can apply a single layer to completely renew the surface for a fraction of the original cost! A huge difference in lifetime value.
We started out building tar and chip driveways for country homes around the outskirts of Ottawa. Our customers all had the same problems. They would tell us:
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it is recommended you consider hiring Tar and Chip Ottawa. A new TAC Ottawa driveway will stop the madness.
And your property will be rejuvenated with a beautiful natural look. Practical, unique and more affordable… what more could you ask for in a driveway?
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Our tar and chip style specialty driveways began as our core business. Our goal from the beginning was to make better pavement more affordable.
Over the years we’ve seen our product evolve from a beautiful/economical way to pave into an incredibly durable and more practical modern option, in an industry desperate for innovation.
Today we offer 4 driveway paving options. From the traditional tar and chip, with a loose stone finish to GemStone paving; premium coloured granites, quartz or marble surfaces, smooth to the touch, built with a UV-resistant resin.
We can go the extra mile when needed. Our Porous Pavements offer the same beautiful appearance of GemStone but allow water to pass through and return to earth. The pavement is tar-free, porous and flexible.
Whether you need a lawn turned into a driveway or have gravel that’s washing away, we are your solution.
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As we continued our mission to make the best pavement money can buy, our customer base has evolved from primarily rural areas for regular Tar and Chip to mostly city driveways for GemStone.
GemStone customers say:
If this sounds pretty great to you, we think you should give us a call!
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The last driveway you’ll ever have to install:
The traditional European Tar and Chip Driveway finishes with loose stones on the top of the pavement so as to provide protection for the curing pavement below. Clients are able to drive on their new driveways right away this way. However, we have found this to be sub-optimal for some of our city-based clients who want a completely smooth surface.
Now we have two incredible options:
GemStone offers the best of both worlds, combining the flexibility and durability of our liquid asphalt / aggregate mix with a patented UV-resistant binder overtop a high-end stone.
TAC Black is our asphalt competitor. It’s used to build driveways, roads and parking lots as a more practical and economical alternative. It’s flexible surface is rougher than traditional asphalt, but is flexible and won’t crack. TAC Black is a custom blend of asphalt bitumens and solvents designed exclusively as an asphalt replacement.
Frank s. says: we heard from a friend and thought we would look into it. Taylor arrived as confirmed and presented us we a very non-pressure sales presentation with answers to all our questions. Once we finished with questions, he then measured our area and gave us a c…
“Workers were great as was the experience.”
“I think we are going to get a very nice return when we sell the house. This was a big project that tuned out great. Good group of guys here.”
“We were impressed with this service and result. I like having the option to use your roadway process to make this driveway more like smooth asphalt if we want at some point too.”
Randy and Rhonda P. says: We heard about tar and chip Ottawa through a friend who went to the homeshow in Ottawa. We wanted to get our driveway paved, but we weren’t looking forward to the cost (about $3,000 more), time to install or maintenance of asphalt. Taylor came…