Tarmac driveways are widely considered as some of the easiest to drive on and durable driveways out there. Yet, they are certainly driveways that tend to require a lot of patience. If you rush the creation of this type of driveway you probably should have just sprinkled some gravel on the land in the first place instead of even attempting to build a real tarmac driveway. The key is really making sure that the surface is compressed enough such that it is not going to be breaking apart any time soon. Here are a couple of things that you should know about tarmac driveways.
Gravel vs Tarmac Driveways
The first thing that we like to say when we make comparisons is that any type of driveway can be good if it is a good fit for your particular needs and even budget at times. For the most part, gravel driveways are going to be less expensive than tarmac. The problem with gravel driveways is that they are not great to drive on, and you may need to be at the very least evening them out on a fairly regular basis. Tarmac is a much more stable surface that is essentially smooth to drive on.
Is Tarmac Durable?
It certainly can be if the process is done right. Usually, for driveways, you are not going to have a lot of issues with the tarmac developing cracks and holes and things of that nature. Since the pressure that is applied on the surface is not going to be excessive. That being said around the 10 or 15-year mark the surface is going to show signs of starting to break down due to wear and tear and the elements. In which case it can be repaired or redone. Yet, 10 to 15 years for a surface like can be considered “durable”!
The Biggest Benefit That You Obtain From Tarmac
Without a doubt, it can be said that this is the most drivable surface of pretty much all of the ones that we create. It is a smooth surface that you are going to be able to travel on without any type of concern. This may not be a huge deal for certain driveways for example. Since they tend to be short and you are going to be driving on the surface for only a few meters. For larger roads or paths to a home that is not right next to the street, it could certainly make sense.
A Decent Cost-Benefit Ratio
These types of driveways, as we mentioned are durable and are easy to drive on. Without them actually being overly expensive. We don’t want to favour one type of driveway over the other as we obviously build with a multitude of different materials. Overall though, if you are looking for what could be the value product, these types of driveways would be it. You are giving up a little bit on the aesthetics for durability. You are also buying comfort and that is always a great deal.