Available in a choice of colours, tarmacking your driveway is a cost-effective way to change the appearance of it. Also known for being hard-wearing, tarmac driveways are highly-regarded with many homeowners. To find out more about our tarmac services, please contact our proficient team in Edenbridge, Kent.
Many homeowners choose to tarmac their driveway as it is durable, visually-appealing and affordable. However, tarmacking is a time-consuming job which requires specialist tools, machinery and expert knowledge. Once laid, tarmac driveways are aesthetically-pleasing and low maintenance. The most popular colours are black or red tarmac, but there are also other colours available too.
The name tarmac was original derived from John MacAdam, who developed the process in the West. He used tar, which can be found naturally, to hold the small stones together, hence the name tar macadam, or tarmac for short. Nowadays, as the binding agent for the aggregates is bitumen, a by-product of the oil refining process, rather than tar, it is known as bitumen macadam, shortened in the trade to bitmac.
Tarmac driveways are the most cost-effective option when you are looking for a material that is long-lasting. Tarmac or Bitmac is an affordable, flexible medium made up of rock, shale and asphalt cement. Since some of its ingredients are extracted from crude oil, tarmac and asphalt are very dark. Some contractors will mix the asphalt with a polymer dye for a more pleasing appearance. Generally, these driveways last about 15 years.