Oil & Stone Services in Litchfield County
Serving Home & Business Owners in Fairfield County, New Haven County & Beyond for 45+ Years
Black Diamond Asphalt & Earth provides oil and stone services for residential and commercial property owners. Oil and stone, also known as chip seal, is a low-cost alternative to asphalt, which offers a more solid surface than plane gravel. It also makes for better footing when surfaces are slippery. If you love the look of a stone driveway but want the structural integrity of pavement, oil and stone may be right for you.
Some of the benefits of oil and stone include:
Durability and longevity -
Oil & stone or, "tar & chip" driveways can last up to 12 years before needing to be re-layered or re-sealed. This allows for the driveway to be extremely low maintenance.
Oil and stone driveways are incredibly cost-efficient compared to a normal asphalt driveway. Expect to pay around two to five dollars per square foot.
Rustic charm -
Using a tar-like substance as well as crushed stone, you can have a very earthy tone reflect in your driveway. Giving your driveway that rustic look.
Oil & Stone vs. Asphalt
When it comes to installing a new driveway for your home, two of the most popular options are asphalt and oil and stone. These two options are made from similar materials but are easily distinguished by their appearance. An asphalt driveway is a hard blacktop surface that is suitable for many activities, such as basketball and bike riding. An oil and stone driveway, on the other hand, is gravel surface that is rougher than asphalt and an excellent material to drive and park vehicles on.
While asphalt may win in categories such as durability and functionality, oil and stone stands out for providing a more rustic and aesthetically pleasing look. The experts at Black Diamond Asphalt & Earth are here to help you choose the application that is right for your property, preferences, and budget. In addition to our oil and stone services, we also provide expert asphalt paving as well as our recycled asphalt services!
The Oil & Stone Installation Process
Another key difference between asphalt and oil and stone driveways is the installation process. Installing an oil and stone driveway is a relatively simple process, with the right equipment and crew for the job.
There are four main steps involved in an oil and stone installation, including:
- Installing a gravel base-layer
- Paving using 100% recycled asphalt
- Applying hot liquid asphalt over the gravel
- Applying a coating of color of your choosing stones
- Rolling the stones into the liquid asphalt for a finished surface
Oil and stone can be installed over existing driveway materials, so long as they are in good condition. When you entrust the job to our certified professionals, we’ll make sure your new driveway is installed correctly.
Benefits of An Oil & Stone Driveway
Depending on your needs and preferences, there are several pros to having an oil & stone driveway.
Here are a few advantages associated with oil & stone driveways:
- More rustic & elegant in appearance
- Very effective if your driveway is primarily used for parking
- Known for durability, especially when well-maintained
There are a few downfalls to oil and stone driveways, particularly if you plan to use to the surface for basketball, skateboarding, or other activities. They aren't great options for homes with steep surfaces and generally require more maintenance compared to an asphalt driveway.
Ease of Maintenance
Once installed, you won’t have much to worry about in terms of maintaining your oil and stone driveway. Also, unlike asphalt, your new surface will not need to be sealed regularly. Take a look at our reviews!
Call Black Diamond Asphalt & Earth at(203) 433-6326 for reliable oil and stone services in Litchfield County.
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