Commonly Asked Questions About Tarmac

In this guide we are going to cover a range of questions that are commonly asked about tarmac, asphalt and tarmacadam. We will go over topics such as the price per square meter, if it is a better option than block paving and much more.

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Is A Tarmac Driveway Cheaper Than Block Paving?

Now this is a great question and the answer is both yes and no, it all depends on the materials that are being used, for example; if you choose to have a normal low quality brick paver which can be picked up at builders merchants for £12 per square meter it’s going to be much cheaper than having a tarmac driveway. However if you choose a Marshalls block paver that costs £130 per square meter it’s going to be much more expensive than a tarmacadam driveway.

How Much Does Tarmacing Cost?

Tarmac prices vary massively as different jobs require different specifications and depths, it all depends on what the surface is being used for. Is it being used as a roadway? a driveway? heavy traffic? these are all important factors when considering how much tarmac costs. For the purpose of this article I will address how much is costs to lay a tarmac driveway in Stoke on Trent as this is what is most commonly asked.

The average driveway will require a 50mm base course and a 30mm topping course, for these depths you can expect to pay anything from £55 per square meter up to £66 per square meter. For larger areas and surfaces a better rate can often be given on the price per square meter.

Which Is Cheaper Concrete Or Tarmac Driveway?

When it comes to choosing a driveway surface, there are many factors to consider. The main one is cost – which material is going to be cheaper, concrete or tarmac? Generally speaking, tarmac driveways are cheaper than concrete. Tarmac requires minimal groundwork and can often be laid in just one day. In comparison, laying concrete landscapes takes longer and requires more labor-intensive excavation work. As such, tarmac usually works out as the cheaper option for most homeowners. However, this does not necessarily mean that tarmac is always the better choice for your driveway.

Unlike asphalt or tarmac driveways, concrete driveways tend to last much longer and require less maintenance over time. Concrete also has greater flexibility when it comes to design options and can be customised to fit your needs. So, while it may be more expensive initially, a concrete driveway could save you money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs.

Ultimately, the decision of which material to use for your driveway will come down to personal preference. Both asphalt and concrete driveways offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to weigh up all of these factors before committing to either option. While tarmac may be the cheaper choice upfront, concrete may prove a better investment if you are looking for longevity and less immediate upkeep.

Do You Need Planning Permission For A Tarmac Driveway?

In some cases, it is necessary to apply for planning permission from the local council when installing a tarmac driveway. Factors that will be taken into consideration include whether the property is listed, if there are any protected trees nearby, and how close the driveway comes to any public footpaths or roads.

If you live in an area subject to a Conservation Area designation or an Article 4 Direction then you may need planning permission before beginning installation of a tarmac driveway. It is always important to check with your local authority before starting construction.

In addition, if your new driveway will result in more than 1m depth of exposed soil then you should also seek planning permission from your local council before proceeding with installation.

Can You Jet Wash Tarmac?

Tarmac is a durable surface and can withstand occasional jet washing with the correct pressure settings. Jet washing can be used to remove stubborn dirt and grime from tarmac surfaces. Generally, it’s best to use the lowest pressure setting possible in order to protect the integrity of the surface material – otherwise you’re likely to end up damaging it. It’s also important to ensure that all nearby plants, vehicles, and other objects are protected before starting so that they don’t get damaged by the high-pressure water jets. If done correctly, jet washing can be an effective way of keeping your tarmac looking great for longer!


We hope this guide serves you well, please do not hesitate to contact us as we offer free advice. Call us on 01785 596125. Click the link to return to the Home Page.

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