Tarmac can be a perfect solution to enhance Driveways and Paths, it can prove to be an extremely durable surface when installed properly. Dependant on the depth and structural make-up of the base (foundations) and the quality of top coat (overlay) initially applied the length of service tarmac will give, can vary. A well installed Tarmac driveway should be expected to have a minimum lifespan of 20 years onwards.
What are the benefits having tarmac?
Installed quickly compared to other methods
Highly durable and long lasting
Suitably weather resistant, lowering the risk of weathering over time (whilst still maintaining safety for vehicles)
Bitmac or Tarmac?
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 cheapest option for a permanent driveway. Tarmac or Bitmac is a cheap, 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.