Are hot tar chippings a suitable way to repair our concrete drive?

John Conlin / 29 January 2018

When a drive has been left a mess, what's the best way to repair it? Our chartered surveyor knows...


Our concrete drive looks a mess as it has been patched after the mains water pipe was replaced.

The company proposes to coat it with ‘hot tar chippings’. Is this surface suitable?

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Hot tar chippings involves spreading a layer of heated tar and sprinkling stone gravel over it while the tar is still warm and soft. When cold, the tar acts as a ‘glue’ binding to both concrete and embedded gravel. It is a low-cost, limited-life, cosmetic treatment.

The main disadvantage of hot tar chippings is that the tar can melt in strong sunshine and stick to your shoes. While resin bonding is more expensive, it is more durable, better looking and doesn't melt.

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