Is a Tarmac Drive Right for You?

There are a number of different surfaces and techniques that you can use to improve the appearance and functionality of your driveway, each one bringing its own distinct set of benefits to homeowners across the country. Tarmacing is a very popular surfacing method and appeals to both consumers and surfacing companies alike thanks to its simple application process and fantastic durability. This article will look into the benefits of a tarmac driveway to help you decide whether such a surface is right for your home.

Easy to Install

Tarmac is laid as a hot liquid, then once it is applied it must be allowed to cool, which allows the particles to bind together. One of the main benefits of tarmac driveways is that they can be laid directly onto an existing surface, something which other materials cannot do. Other surfaces need a full depth bedding layer to be put down first, and only then can the new driveway surface be laid.

Extremely Durable

As well as being easy to install, once tarmac has cooled down and the particles have bound together it becomes an incredibly strong and resilient surface. It can hold the weight of heavy vehicles easily, where as other surfaces may break or become displaced. This resilience helps to maintain the appearance of your drive, as even one crack in your driveway can have a negative effect on the way the front of your home looks.

Value for Money

By using tarmac for your driveway, you are ensuring that you get an attractive, durable surface for your home without having to take a serious hit to your wallet. Tarmac is cheaper than other surfaces and will last just as long, if not longer.


If you decide to install a tarmac driveway on your property, it is not uncommon to think that there is a universal appearance for all homes with this surface. However, tarmac can be customised to suit your tastes, with different colour surfaces available, and you can also add a border to your drive to add an extra bit of individuality to the front of your property.

Easy to Maintain

As mentioned above, tarmac is incredibly strong and resistant, but it is not invincible. However, an advantage of tarmac is that any scratches or marks to the surface can be easily repaired, either by a professional or by you. Should you encounter serious damage to your surface, the ease of installation that tarmac benefits from means a new layer can be applied directly onto your existing surface.

Here at UK Surfacings, we pride ourselves on providing only the best quality surfaces and customer service to clients throughout the UK. During our 30+ years in the surfacing trade, we have built our reputation as one of Surrey’s leading surfacing contractors, using the best materials to install premium quality tarmac and resin bound driveways. For more information about our driveway services, or anything else that we offer, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.