Surface dressing is a quick, efficient and cost-effective way to maintain skid-resistant and waterproofed road surfaces, helping to prevent future deterioration.
We surface dress roads as it:
- improves skid resistance
- makes the road waterproof
- extends the life of the carriageway surface by up to ten years
- is comparatively low-cost at just a fifth of the price of resurfacing
Surface dressing work is undertaken between mid-March and the end of August - the process needs warm, dry weather to make sure the dressing becomes established.
Loose chippings may initially cause a short term inconvenience to road users as the speed limit's restricted to 20mph, but it's is important that traffic is allowed onto the new surface so chippings get fully embedded under the weight of vehicles.
The new surface is left for 14 days to allow the chippings to embed, then any residual chippings are swept up before road markings are repainted.
It's important to keep to the temporary speed limits and avoid sharp turns, this will:
- allow the surface to stabilise
- prevent any damage to your vehicle