What Does Tarmacking a Driveway or Car park Entail?
September 16, 2019
It is not unusual to have a driveway or carpark in South Wales that gets muddy when it rains. If you can’t stand the potholes and puddles that form on your path, it is time you looked for alternatives. Tamarcking is one of the preferred permanent solutions for both your carpark and driveway.
The good thing about tarmacking is that it gives you about 15 years of maintenance holiday from the date you lay it. Secondly, it boosts the curb appeal of your home, something every homeowner desires. Even if you are planning to stay in your home and not sell it off at some point, tarmacking will still raise its value.
Benefits of Tarmac Over Alternative Solutions
Certainly, tarmac is not the only paving solution out there. There are other materials like:
- Paving stones
Despite these materials being worthy paving solutions, tarmac still stands out. The following are some of the reasons for its superiority.
- Low Cost- Whether you are doing a fresh installation or resurfacing, the cost per square meter for tarmac is much lower.
- Weather Resistant- If well taken care of, tarmac can last up to 15 years. For a driveway or carpark, this means little maintenance and better performance even in cold weather.
- Easy to install- Installing a tarmac driveway is a straightforward process. As long as the right equipment is on-site, it takes a few days to complete. The only variable that may change the times is the size of the driveway.
How Much Does It Cost to Tarmac Driveways
Whether you are doing a driveway or a car park, the average it costs per square meter is about £50 to £65. However, you should note that this price range is a rough estimate which can change depending on several factors. When a South Wales contractor visits the site, he will be able to give you a much clearer breakdown of what’s needed. Some of the factors that may influence the quote include:
- The gradient of the land where the driveway or carpark sits
- The pre-existing conditions of the driveway and whether groundwork or excavation is needed
- The dimensions of the area to be covered
As seen, the tarmacking process has a lot of moving pieces. If you are to end up with a hassle-free tarmac driveway, you’ll need a professional who can fit everything perfectly.
If you are laying a new driveway, your costs will vary depending on the following processes.
- Excavation and removal of the old driveway or carpark if any
- High-grade membrane installation to prevent chances of weed growth
- Laying of the edging on a sand and cement base
- Laying and compacting of the sub base
- Laying by hand or machine the first layer of tarmac also known as the binding course
- Laying and compacting the surface course and compacting using a roller for a smooth finish
- Site clearance and finishing touches
If you are not quite sure how much your driveway will cost you because of its uniqueness or the nature of the environment, contact a reputable contractor. It helps to have a variety of quotes and then choose the one that fits the bill.