Tarmacadam is hard-wearing and long-lasting.
Usually cheaper to lay than block paving.
Can be laid more quickly than block paving.
Available in black or red.
Tarmacadam consists of tar and crushed stone and naturally is a dark coloured, bituminous material that can be laid on almost any surface with the right preparation.
When compressed the stone aggregate is bonded by the tar giving the look and finish of a long lasting and highly durable tarmacadam surface.
The tarmacadam compound is laid while hot and viscous, levelled and compacted, and then allowed to cool so that it binds to form a solid, hard-wearing surface.
Wherever possible, tarmacadam driveways should be laid using a paving machine as this ensures the best compression and therefore finish. Sometimes it is not possible to use a machine in areas such as on small garden paths. Here we will use alternative methods.
1. Remove loose and damaged material - mainly from around grids and ironwork.
2. Lift and or secure ironwork as necessary.
3. Lay sub-base to top section of the driveway where there was no existing tarmacadam.
4. Spread and vibro-roller compact new tarmacadam surfacing.
Cost-effective – less construction time and fewer materials so reduced cost.
A more sustainable option through thinner pavement design.
Can avoid the need for full depth reconstruction – not an option with block paving as the process requires a full depth bedding layer.
Long-lasting, durable, and economic alternative to concrete products and blocks.
Resilient to deformation in heavily trafficked areas where the original layout was poorly designed .
For residential and lightly trafficked commercial areas tarmacadam is a durable alternative to traditional asphalt. It is a direct alternative for block paving systems.
Tarmacadam and block paving
Tarmacadam with brick paving sets edging.