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The Ultimate Guide to Chip Sealing Commercial Properties

The world of commercial real estate is vast, with numerous areas that require attention. Among these areas includes the property’s exterior, specifically the driveways and pavements used daily by both employees and customers. All business owners acknowledge the importance of striking first impressions. Well-paved driveways provide this and more. Many methods can be used to maintain commercial driveways and pavements, but recently, one method—chip sealing—stands out for its affordability, durability, and attractive finish. If you’re new to commercial real estate or simply want to give your property a makeover, this guide will enlighten you on everything you need to know about Chip Sealing, how it works, and why it’s the best option for your commercial property.

What is Chip Sealing?

Chip Sealing, also known as chip and seal driveway, tar and chip driveway, or chip seal paving, primarily involves the placement of hot tar over gravel, followed by a crushing of more stone on top to create a hard, smooth surface. Think of it as a hybrid of traditional asphalt and loose stone, the best of both worlds. It has become a favored method among many commercial property owners due to its aesthetic appeal and durability at a fraction of the cost compared to other methods.

The Chip Sealing Process

Broadly, chip sealing involves a four-step process maintained meticulously by qualified tar & chip driveway contractors. First, loose gravel is placed on the desired area. This is followed by the application of hot tar over the gravel, essentially ‘sealing’ the gravel. A layer of stone chips is spread over the tar, which is then rolled (compressed) to create an even surface. The rolling ensures a strong bond between the tar and chips, providing durability that can withstand heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions.

Benefits of Chip Sealing

Understanding the benefits of chip sealing gives insight into why it is a preferred option for commercial properties. Its strengths include affordability, durability, maintenance, variety, and climate resistance.


When compared to traditional asphalt paving, chip sealing often costs less, making it a cost-effective solution for many commercial property owners. This is because the chip and seal paving materials are less expensive, and the process is less time-consuming, reducing labor costs.


Chip seal driveways are robust and can withstand heavy traffic, making them ideal for commercial properties with significant movements, like shopping centers and offices.


Unlike asphalt, which often requires frequent replacement, a chip sealed driveway can last for years with little maintenance, saving property owners a considerable amount of money and effort.


Chip sealed driveways come in a multitude of color options, giving commercial property owners the chance to choose a hue that complements their building’s architecture or company colors.

Climate Resistance

Lastly, chip seal driveways perform exceptionally even under harsh weather conditions. They don’t crack in the heat like asphalt and can withstand heavy rain, making them a suitable choice for any geographical location.

Choosing the Best Chip Seal Contractor

Selecting a reputable chip seal contractor is crucial when deciding to install a tar & chip driveway. Look for a contractor with a good reputation, experience, affordability, quality materials, and good customer service. Remember, a well-done chip sealing job can last a decade or even longer, so it’s worth investing time in finding the right contractor.


In the world of commercial real estate, chip sealing provides an affordable and durable solution for establishments seeking to enhance their exterior aesthetics. Not only does it offer an attractive finish that complements any architecture, but a chip and seal driveway can also last for years with minimal maintenance. With its ability to withstand various climate conditions and support heavy traffic, it’s no wonder why many commercial property owners are choosing chip seal paving. If you’re seeking an upgrade for your commercial driveway or pavement, consider chip sealing and see how it can transform your property.

Are you in need of a reliable, experienced, and affordable chip sealing service in your area? Reach out today and let’s give your business premises the finishing touch it deserves. You can count on our skilled team for top-quality chip seal installation tailored to your specific needs.

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About Mount Clemens, Michigan


Mount Clemens was first surveyed in 1795 after the Revolutionary War by Christian Clemens, who settled there four years later. Clemens and his friend, John Brooks, built a distillery, which attracted workers and customers, helping to settle the area. Brooks and Clemens platted the land, and the town was named after Clemens in 1818. It received a post office in 1821, with John Stockton as the first postmaster. Christian Clemens is buried at Clemens Park, located just north of downtown.

Indian mounds were in the vicinity, more specifically just north of the Clinton River near the present location of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

The settlement filed for incorporation as a village in 1837, but this was not acted upon by the legislature until 1851. It was incorporated as a city in 1879. It became the seat of Macomb County on March 11, 1818.

The Mount Clemens Public Library opened in 1865.

Historically, Mount Clemens’ largest industry for more than 100 years, from 1873 to 1974, was tourism related to the mineral baths, drawn from springs that were scattered throughout the city. Such mineral baths were very popular and were tourist destinations. At the peak of the industry, the city had 11 bathhouses and several hotels related to this trade. The first bathhouse was built in 1873 and was known as “The Original”; it was located on the corner of Jones and Water streets. The bathhouse burned in 1883, but it was rebuilt even larger the following year to accommodate the crowds of customers. Over the years, noted visitors such as film actors Clark Gable and Mae West, athletes Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey, news magnate William Randolph Hearst, and the wealthy Vanderbilt family vacationed in the city to take advantage of the mineral springs baths.

The only remaining bathhouse building from this era is St. Joseph’s Sanitarium and Bath House. It has recently been renamed as Select Specialty Hospital and is owned by Select Medical Corporation. This last bath house is in danger of being demolished, but the Friends of Historic Preservation are working with the city to preserve it.

The Olympia Salon & Spa, located in the Martha Washington Sanitarium on Cass Avenue, is again offering mineral baths.

From about 1898 to 1950, the Mount Clemens Sugar Company operated, processing sugar beets into refined sugar.

Throughout the late 20th century, the suburban expansion of metropolitan Detroit and its exurbs affected the city of Mt. Clemens as well as its surrounding townships.


Mount Clemens is in south-central Macomb County, 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Detroit, 37 miles (60 km) southwest of Port Huron, and 3 miles (5 km) west of Lake St. Clair. The Clinton River runs through the city. The city is almost completely surrounded by Clinton Township, except for the far east side which borders Harrison Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Mount Clemens has a total area of 4.21 square miles (10.90 km), of which 4.09 square miles (10.59 km2) are land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km), or 2.69%, are water.



Historical population
Census Pop. Note
1850 1,302
1870 1,768
1880 3,057 72.9%
1890 4,748 55.3%
1900 6,576 38.5%
1910 7,707 17.2%
1920 9,488 23.1%
1930 13,497 42.3%
1940 14,389 6.6%
1950 17,027 18.3%
1960 21,016 23.4%
1970 20,476 −2.6%
1980 18,991 −7.3%
1990 18,405 −3.1%
2000 17,312 −5.9%
2010 16,314 −5.8%
2020 15,697 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,314 people, 6,714 households, and 3,542 families living in the city. The population density was 4,008.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,547.7/km2). There were 7,582 housing units at an average density of 1,862.9 per square mile (719.3/km). The racial makeup of the city was 70.0% White, 24.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 6,714 households, of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.6% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.2% were non-families. 39.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,312 people, 7,073 households, and 3,854 families living in the city. The population density was 4,107.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,585.7/km2). There were 7,546 housing units at an average density of 1,790.2 per square mile (691.2/km). The racial makeup of the city was 75.79% White, 19.61% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 7,073 households, out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,856, and the median income for a family was $50,518. Males had a median income of $41,005 versus $27,896 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,741. About 10.0% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.


The city government is composed of a mayor, the current being Laura Kropp, and a city council. The city has been facing financial hardships for some time. Approximately 42% of properties in the city are tax-exempt, resulting in lost revenue of $1.2 million. In an attempt to raise funds to combat a $960,000 budget deficit for 2010, former Mayor Barb Dempsey solicited donations to the city’s general fund from tax-exempt organizations like churches, schools and a hospital, in order to pay for services like fire protection, streetlights and roads. The city already disbanded the 113-year-old police department in 2005 to cut costs. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office now provides primary policing services in Mount Clemens. The deficit is projected to reach $1.5 million in 2011.


  • Mount Clemens Community School District operates public schools.
    • Mount Clemens High School

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