Surface Dressing

Most commonly used for the following:

  • Heritage Estates
  • Footways
  • Canal Paths
  • Schools

Require Surface Dressing services

Equally important to laying surfaces is also ensuring they are properly dressed. We are often called upon by local authority and commercial clients to carry out surface dressing, as it’s such a cost-effective way to maintain roads.

Tar and chip is another one of our areas of expertise, with many years experience, dressing roads up and down the country.

The surface dressing process requires a layer of chippings applied to a hot sprayed coat of bitumen emulsion.

The timing of tar and chip is also key – we can advise on the best time of year to undertake this and the preparation work needed beforehand.

It’s best applied between the months of March and October with a surface temperature range of 12-35 degrees Celsius but it is advisable for preparation work to be carried out well in advance.

All surfaces that are not being sprayed, will be protected from bitumen spray drift and all adjacent surfaces will be masked up prior to starting works and removed on completion.

All areas will be left clean, all rubbish removed and any splashes or drift will be thoroughly cleaned off.

Bitumen Emulsion

The bitumen emulsion we use will be C67BC hot applied surface dressing emulsion or KE93P hot applied intermediate surface dressing emulsion.

Cut back binders or lower bitumen content binders will not be used in our surface dressings and the rate of application is as defined in Road Note 39.


When using chippings, these are double washed 6mm, 10mm or 14mm and applied at the rates indicated in Road Note 39 although this rate also may be increased in pedestrian areas to reduce possible contact with tar following completion.

We have a number of chipping types such as golden gravel (buff) Red Granite (pink) Steel Slag (dark grey) Calcitic Limestone (white) and Grey Granite (grey)


Once laid, the chippings will be lightly rolled with a rubber drummed roller giving a smooth durable and attractive finish.


All of our equipment carries records of calibration, to demonstrate that the target rates of spread are achieved.

Surface Dressing FAQs

  • What materials do you use?
    It all depends on what the job is. We will advise you as to the correct surface needed to provide the best result.
  • Can you create us a new carpark?
    We can either patch repair, total resurface or create a new carpark. We do work for councils, garden centres. Public Houses, schools, to name but a few.
  • How are canal tow paths laid?
    Materials are delivered to a compound, they are then loaded onto a barge and taken down canal to where they are needed. An excavator is used to move materials from barge into dumpers or gritting barrows. The base course is laid, then the binder followed by the chippings. The path is then rolled.

Sectors we cover


Large Domestic

Private Domestic


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