Tarmac Driveways

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Tidey & Webb are experts in installing long lasting tarmac and asphalt driveways in Surrey and Sussex. We use the best quality materials to create hardwearing tarmac driveways and other external surfaces that will stand the test of time.

Why Choose a Tarmac Driveway?

Tarmac is easy to install and requires very little in terms of maintenance. It’s also a cost-efficient driveway option, particularly for those with large-scale projects. Furthermore, you won’t have to wait long to park vehicles on your new driveway due to tarmac being quick to cure.

Able to last up to 15 years, tarmac is extremely durable and weather resistant. Opting for a high-quality sealant finish can extend the lifetime of your driveway but it can impact its permeability.

For customers who are environmentally conscious, tarmac is recyclable. It can be used over and over again and, unlike other driveway materials, tarmac will never run into waterways.

Other Uses for Tarmac

Tarmac can be used for both residential surfacing and commercial surfacing projects. Whilst commonly used for driveways, tarmac’s qualities make it perfect for roads, car parks, and pavements. Any area that receives foot or vehicle traffic could be a candidate for tarmac.

What is Asphalt?

Many people consider asphalt and tarmac one and the same. However, they have different chemical compositions. Asphalt is made by mixing asphaltic cement with sand and/or grit and can be used as an alternative to tarmac.

Whilst they may look the same, asphalt driveways have a smoother look compared to tarmac driveways. This can help with tire grip as asphalt uses smaller aggregates compared to tarmac, which also makes it a hardwearing surface. However, it is a more expensive option that is harder to repair and can be damaged by fluctuating temperatures.

If you’re confused as to whether a tarmac or asphalt driveway would be best for your project get in touch with our team and we will be able to guide you with our expertise.

Tarmac Driveway Size and Colour Variations

It is widely assumed that tarmac is only available in black. However, by adding pigments to the tarmac various colours can be achieved. There are also finishes that can be applied to change the colour of a tarmac surface.

If you’re happy with a black tarmac driveway, many of our customers opt for different stone or block paving surrounds and features to elevate the area. Our team will be able to discuss all tarmac driveway colour options and finishes with you, including any paving or wall work required.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Tidey and Webb team today. We are available on 01403 741673 or via enquiries@tideyandwebb.co.uk. Alternatively, get a quote online today and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Tarmac Driveway FAQs

How long will a tarmac driveway last?

Most tarmac driveways last a maximum of 15 years. However, unless the area has heavy use or exposure to harsh weather, they can last longer. Maintenance will only be required if cracks and potholes appear.

Tarmac is one of the fastest driveway solutions to install and dry. Most driveways cool and harden in around five to eight hours. Many customers opt for a tarmac driveway due to the speed at which it can be laid and ready to use.

All long-lasting driveways start with a suitable foundation. For tarmac we use a crushed gravel base on a compacted subgrade before laying the tarmac itself. This means the driveway will have longevity and durability.

The occasional jet wash is all that is required to maintain a tarmac driveway. Work will only be required if you notice cracks or potholes appearing.

Unlike other driveways which require a bedding layer before installation can begin, tarmac can be laid onto an existing surface.

Most tarmac sets in a maximum of eight hours and it will be soft during this time so you should not drive on it. Traffic on the curing tarmac could cause indents and damage your new driveway. It is recommended to wait until the tarmac has fully dried before driving or parking on the drive.

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