The Road to Quality Pavement

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Home Improvement

Sick of the cracks in your driveway, aren’t you? Tired of walking down the close by your house and being tripped up by the bumps and potholes? It may be time to repave these surfaces.

What Are My Options for Pavement?

The two most common types of pavement are:

  • Asphalt
  • Tarmac

Tarmac is short for tarmacadam (named after its founder John Loudon McAdam). Tarmacadam is a form of pavement where layers of particularly small stone are mixed with tar and pressed into the earth. Asphalt is composed of rock aggregate and bitumen, a petroleum derivative.

How Do They Compare?

While asphalt can be reused, it is not suitable for small surface areas.  Tarmac, on the other hand, is perfect for small areas with high concentrations of heavily weighted vehicles. Tarmac is also more weather-resistant than asphalt. Asphalt has to be coated semi-annually to even try to withstand the unpredictable weather of Scotland.  Tarmac’s smooth surface doesn’t leave room for rain or potholes.

Tarmac is easy to install. It is poured as a hot liquid and can be applied over existing pavements. Asphalt requires existing material to be dug up and removed prior to installation.

The better option is plain to see. When you’re searching for tarmac contractors in Glasgow, consider going with a company that is local and family-owned. You want a company that has decades of experience in tarmac and other paving materials. To ensure that your new driveway is bespoke, let the contractor know exactly what your intentions for the paved area are. They will come up with a plan that reaches your goals.

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