Tarmac is a material which is quickly gaining more and more popularity around the world. It is also a preferred option when it comes to driveways.
Whether you need to refresh your old driveway and give it a new look or have a brand new driveway altogether, you can choose among many materials including gravel and clay tiles. But if you want an affordable solution that will last a long time, tarmac is the way to go.
Tarmac is asphalt-based and has a very dark color. If it has been laid properly on a solid foundation, it can last for 10 or more years without ever needing any attention. And while tarmac can be laid by hand it is recommended that this is done by a specialized machine.
Having a tarmac driveway has many benefits. Some of them include:
Tarmac is very easy to install especially if the people doing it have the right machines for the job. If you already have a driveway of another material, tarmac can be laid right on top of it unlike other materials which need a brand new solid base. However, if you have a lawn you will need a brand new base and this might require a little more work.
Laying the tarmac is not at all time consuming. A professional who knows what he’s doing, will heat up the tarmac in the right paving machine to the right temperature and will be able to lay it in a matter of a day (or sometimes even hours). It is a good feeling to know that you can have a brand new driveway tomorrow.
Tarmac doesn’t give up easy! It is a very long lasting and durable material that is also extremely resilient to heavyweight vehicles and big amounts of traffic which can crack concrete or break paving.
Tarmac is not only cheap to lay but it’s also cheap and easy to maintain and replace if needed. If your tarmac gets damaged for some reason, repairing it is very easy and most of the times you can even do it yourself. If your tarmac driveway is beyond repair you can lay a new layer directly on top of the old one without having to excavate it. This can save you a lot of money as well as time.
Tarmac is very resilient when it comes to rain or any other weather conditions. It won’t lose its color or get damaged easily.
If you’ve already laid tarmac on your driveway, it is time to learn about the proper ways to maintain it. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind:
Clean it regularly
You can use a broom to get rid of all debris and then wash your driveway with the garden hose. You should be careful with power washers as they might dislodge some of the small stones of the tarmac. However, if you use it on a low setting you should be able to get rid of small debris stuck between those small stones.
Even though tarmac is a pretty resilient material, its color might fade a little with the years and this is completely normal. You can use environmentally friendly sealers such as an asphalt emulsion. It is very reliable and will restore your tarmac’s condition and color pretty well. Using a sealer is also a great way to protect your driveway from petrol and oil spills which can damage the tarmac over time.
If you have used a sealer for your driveway, you should let it dry for at least three days before you start using it again. It is also important to spray water on the tarmac on really hot days especially when you have used a sealer.
Things to avoid
There are some things that just should not be on a tarmac. For example, kick stands of motorcycles can do some damage over time and it is recommended to avoid them on your driveway if you can. Lawn chairs are also very bad for tarmac and generally it is recommended that you only use your driveway for your car.
If you do have to use ramps, kick stands or something similar on your tarmac driveway, make sure you use a piece of wood. It will help distribute the weight and this way you’ll be able to better avoid pits and gorges.
So the overall result is that tarmac is a really great solution for your driveway. It will not put a dent in your wallet, it will look good and it will last you for many years if you choose the right contractors for the job. Make sure you do a thorough research and find the most professional company which has a good track record and a great portfolio to ensure the high quality and longevity of your new driveway. Driveways Solihull have many years of experience with tarmac laying and will be able to help you with this task.