Resin vs Tarmac Driveways

Drive up and down any street in the UK, and you will see tarmac driveway after tarmac driveway. However, a relatively new kid on the block breaks up the monotony, known as the resin driveway.

Suppose you are considering a driveway renovation or replacement or are in the market for the first driveway for your home or business. In that case, you should consider the pros and cons of tarmac and resin driveways before you make a decision.

Which Driveway Is Best For You?

Here we take a look at all of the factors you may want to consider, including cost, durability, aesthetics, and more.


The cost of resin and tarmac substrates is similar, yet the quote you get for each finished driveway can be quite different. The reason for this is that a resin-bound driveway can be installed directly over existing solid surfaces, which can save a considerable amount of money on groundworks.

A tarmac driveway is generally more prone to cracks and weathering, whereas a resin driveway usually requires little future maintenance. With repairs being less likely, resin driveways often provide better lifetime value.


A tarmac driveway can largely withstand the rigours and weight of vehicles, but as we have mentioned, it can crack. As tarmac heats up, it also softens, leading to potholes forming as tyres turn and move over the surface on the hottest summer days.

A resin driveway is less prone to weathering, age-related damage, and high temperatures due to the incredibly strong bond that the resin creates. Many people have found that tarmac has roughly half the life expectancy of resin. One particular issue is grip. Tarmac provides excellent traction when new, however as it ages and begins to break down, chips are released, and these can cause slips and sliding.


If you love the blandness and rigid uniformity of black, then a tarmac driveway is a good choice. However, a resin driveway offers a vast range of colours enabling design freedom and additional creativity by adding patterns and borders.


A tarmac driveway requires large, heavy machinery, which may be too large for narrow spaces and small driveways. Tarmac can be laid over the old tarmac. However, if the old surface has degraded due to ground movement, these problems will continue to reoccur, which means complete removal and a new driveway are recommended.

Resin driveways are easy to install and can be cleanly laid next to bricks, slabs, concrete, or stone. This versatility makes resin an excellent choice for any driveway shape and pathways.


The dark surface of the tarmac absorbs heat quickly, which can make it hot to the touch. The hot surface makes tarmac a bad choice for families with younger children and pets.

Oil can dissolve tarmac, so oil leaks can present a problem if you have an older vehicle. Lighter resin driveways resist the build-up of heat and are oil-resistant, so owning older vehicles, classic cars, mopeds, and motorbikes is no issue. Resin is also permeable and SUDs compliant, so surface water and localised flooding are no longer issues.

To find out more about tarmac and resin driveways, or for a site survey and quote, please contact our team today.


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