What is tarmac surfacing made from and where can it be used?

Here at KDG Surfacing, we are big believers in outside surfaces and spaces which are both safe and aesthetically pleasing, and which combine their affordable installation with optimum durability for a truly high value finish. 

Tarmac is one of the most commonly used surface materials in modern outside spaces, owing to its incredible versatility and durability amid regular use and varying weather conditions. But what exactly is tarmac surfacing made from, and where can it be used besides private and residential driveways?

Let’s take a closer look. 

What is tarmac surfacing made of? 

The durability of tarmac comes from the fact that it is made of resin coated chippings, which are poured onto a foundation surface and then allowed to set before use. The flexible nature of these chippings means that homeowners and property landscapers can select the colour and finish that best compliments the surrounding area – be it a dark slate grey to match the tarmac road surfaces, or a green to compliment surrounding countryside spaces and open areas.

One of the most popular finishes available today is visible chips in different colours, which add a flecked finish to the surface and make for a more ornate and natural aesthetic.  

Where is tarmac surfacing most often used?

Aside from private and residential driveways, tarmac surfacing has also become a popular option for public spaces where maximum durability and safety, alongside minimum maintenance, is required. As such, it is an excellent go-to for car park surfaces and public footpaths and lends itself to any kind of shared or public access road where the footfall is high all year round. 

The benefits of tarmac surfacing for homeowners

If you’re still unsure on the benefits of tarmac surfacing compared with a standard concrete, then here is a rundown of a few key benefits that we discuss with prospective clients.

● Tarmac is poured onto a foundation level and allowed to set, which means that it is not subject to the growth of weeds under or around the surface. Why? Because there aren’t any gaps left for weeds to sprout and grow through.

● Any damage that occurs or cracks which are identified are easy to fix and are incredibly cost effective compared with the need to relay paving slabs and concrete surfacing. 

● The single surface means that tarmac is suitable for all vehicles, wheeled trolleys or buggies, and is also friendly to those with accessibility needs. It does not crack or warp throughout the seasons like some other outdoor surfacing options, and so ensures safety and stability for all users.

● It is, above all, cost effective to buy and to install – making it an excellent option for both public and private customers. 

Tarmac has become one of the most coveted surfacing solutions in the UK across all manner of outside spaces, with KDG Surfacing well versed in quoting and completing jobs large and small. For more detail on the installation process and to discover the benefits of tarmac for your home or driveway, get in touch with us directly.

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