Tarmac driveways are the most common type of driveway in the UK. They are durable, low maintenance and come in a range of colours and patterns.
A tarmac driveway is made by applying a layer of bitumen emulsion to the base material, then compacting the surface with a roller. Finally, the newly surfaced section is rolled with vehicles to distribute the oil throughout the granules and remove air pockets.
Tarmac driveways are slip resistant and can be treated with anti slip paint which comes in a variety of colours lending itself to creating a coloured tarmac driveway
If the tarmac surface is laid correctly and maintained regularly, it should last between 15-20 years. This time frame can vary depending on the quality of materials used and how well it is maintained.
When the tarmac surface starts to show signs of wear and tear, it will become damaged in certain areas. This can affect its appearance and make it less safe for use by vehicles and pedestrians alike – but there are ways to repair this damage so that your tarmac surface continues to look good for many years to come.
Tarmac comes in a variety of colours and textures, and the manufacturer has designed it so that it can be installed over a wide range of sub-bases, including sand, clay and loam.
The surface is extremely durable and will last for decades with minimal maintenance.
Tarmac can be used for driveways and parking lots as well as any other area where you want a flat surface without cracks or seams.
The tarmac used for driveways is often black, but it can be coloured or tinted if you so desire. Black tarmac is most common because it doesn’t show up dirt as much as lighter colours do, but lighter colours are more popular when used around swimming pools or in other areas where they will get wet.
The tarmac driveway can be laid in patterns like brickwork or cobblestones – this gives your driveway a unique look that sets it apart from other driveways on the street.
A Tarmac driveway is very resistant to outdoor elements, making it less likely to wear or crack. However, the material itself can be more susceptible to scratches and scuffs.
Tarmac driveways are made up of two parts:
The aggregate – this is the small stones that make up the surface. Aggregates vary depending on what colour you want your tarmac to be. For example, if you want a black tarmac driveway then coarse aggregates (i.e., large stones) will be used. If you want a grey tarmac driveway then medium aggregates (i.e., small stones) will be used.
The binder – which binds the aggregate together and creates a strong layer that can withstand heavy loads like cars and vans without breaking up or cracking over time.
The laying of a tarmac driveway requires excavating the driveway area to create a solid base, any edging stones or kerbs are then laid. A sub base of aggregate is then installed, followed by a compacted binder course, the tarmac driveway is then finished off by laying a top coat or wearing coat that is also compacted down.
The length of time it takes to install a tarmac driveway depends on various factors, the depth and shape of the excavation, removal of existing driveway, drainage required, available access, number of workers on site, materials used. Similar factors that influence the tarmac driveway cost.
Yes it can, providing the existing surface is flat and smooth. We would recommend excavating the existing surface and installing foundations.
Costs are usually calculated by £x per square metre, there is though no real average tarmac driveway cost. Factors influencing the cost of a tarmac driveway are: labour costs, skip hire, digger hire, materials used, size of the driveway installed and invariably there will be other factors that affecct the total tarmac driveway cost.
Yes it is common to use block paving edges with a tarmac driveway to enhance the appearance of the driveway. Block paving costs will need to be factored into the overall driveway price.
When considering having a tarmac driveway installed always use a reputable driveway company to lay your new driveway and dont forget you can may be able to lay over your existing driveway, reducing down on removal costs and getting your new driveway operational quicker. Whilst a tarmac driveway cost can seem higher than other driveway materials, the durability and kerb appeal that this driveway surface offers will give you years of pleasure and neighbour envy.
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