Tarmac

Tarmac Drives are long-lasting and strong

Driveways surfaced with tarmac are known to be highly resilient especially when it comes to vehicles that are a heavy load. Therefore, if you and your family own a number of cars, it would be a good idea to make use of a strong material like tarmac that is not going to get damaged or crack under pressure.

The fact that many of the UK roads and motorways are surfaced with tarmac you can appreciate how durable tarmac surfaced driveways actually are. You should also remember that tarmac is weather resistant and is able to with stand any kind of weather cold or hot. One of the main reasons is because tarmac is a smooth surface meaning that it does not have any cracks that will fill when it rains.

Laying tarmac is a skilled process and often requires expensive machinery to ensure that the surface is well compacted, flat and level. Large areas can be very economically installed but in most cases, similar equipment is required for a few square metres as is required for several hundred square metres. Consequently, the set-up costs of installing tarmacadam for a small driveway mean that the cost of a tarmacadam drive can increase and vary enormously according to its size.

Re-Surfacing or Overlay

This applies to existing tarmacadam driveways or patios which have become worn or have even developed pot holes or cracks. Repair of any pot holes would be the first job to tackle and a rectangular area should be cut out of the layers of the old tarmac.

Crushed stone and dense binder should be compacted into the hole to repair it and bring it up to the level of the existing surface. It is just as important to properly compact this small area as it would be for a new driveway to avoid later sinkage.

Any man holes and other iron works should be raised to the new level and or cut back and any weeds and other organic material should be removed from the area to be re-surfaced.

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