Ireland loves its tar and chip driveways and there are plenty of reasons for this.

Firstly, they are easy to maintain and can withstand even the worst of Irish weather. Secondly, they look beautiful.

The uninformed amongst you may be asking, ‘what is a tar and chip driveway?’.

They are exactly what they sound like… well, almost.

Tar and chip driveways are made from both tar (or sometimes liquid asphalt) and stone chips.

These chips are compressed into the top level of the tar (or tar substitute) and dry to give a beautiful, classy finish to your driveway.

Advantages of Tar & Chip Driveways 

One of the key advantages of tar and chip driveways is that they give you the option to spruce up your driveway in a way that suits you. That is mainly because the chips come in a range of colours.

Thus, the front of your property can fit in, or even compliment, the style of your home. The most popular chip colours are black, brown, grey and red.

As previously said, this type of driveway is easy to look after. With them, you don’t need to have to replace missing stones and there is little chance of the weather creating havoc in the front of your home.

It should also be noted that tar and chip driveways aren’t as expensive as some of the alternatives. For instance, concrete, asphalt, and pavers can all cost a great deal more.

How much does a tar and chip driveway cost? 

The answer to the above really depends. Obviously, there are a number of factors at play when determining the cost of any driveway installation.

These include:

  • The size of the driveway.
  • The type of chips being used (for instance, different colour chips can be less common, so more costly).

Of course, you are still probably looking for an approximate figure. Roughly speaking, the average cost for a tar and chip driveway at the moment is about €25 per square meter.

However, this can vary greatly.

To get a better idea of what you will pay to redo your driveway in this style, you should know:

  • The type of material you would like to use.
  • The dimensions of your driveway.
  • The labour fee for the installation.

The easiest way to reduce your cost is to choose the cheaper option when it comes to chips.

Going for DIY installation or choosing a team that isn’t good at what they do, could end up costing you more in the long run with repairs.

Of course, there is also a way that you can completely reduce the hassle involved.

Simply call Kildare Tarmac & Asphalt. We will be able to give you an idea of the cost over the phone.

We cover all of Leinster and provide a no-obligation callout service, which is free of charge. Choosing to go with one of Ireland’s top tar and chip experts is a decision you won’t regret.