If you are looking for a new or driveway replacement, then two popular options include a tarmac driveway and a concrete driveway. Tarmac and concrete are both excellent choices for your home or business. Here we take a look at the pros and cons of each, including crucial buying information such as cost, lifespan, appearance, and durability.
A tarmac driveway has a dark classic and traditional look created by mixing sand, gravel, crushed rock, and a binder, such as bitumen.
A tarmac driveway will need more maintenance than a concrete driveway over its life. However, maintaining and repairing tarmac is extremely easy. The projected lifespan of a tarmac driveway is less than one made from concrete.
So, in summary, a tarmac driveway offers the following:
- Cost of installation: One of the cheapest forms of driveway to install.
- Finish and appearance: A traditional look that withstands stains better than concrete.
- Maintenance: More frequent, with a reseal recommended every two to three years.
- Cracks and repairs: Good temperature resistance but will soften at extremely high temperatures. However, holes and cracks can be repaired and sealed efficiently.
- Lifespan: 20-30 years if maintained.
- Environmental impact: Harmful gases are released when it is heated due to the use of bitumen binders.
Concrete is a mixture of sand, cement, water, and other aggregates, offering a smooth grey appearance. The surface can be stained, stamped, and polished, changing its aesthetics and colour. You can even create the look or a tarmac driveway with concrete.
A concrete driveway is more expensive than tarmac in both installation and any future repair work. However, concrete generally needs less maintenance, hardens with age, and will have a longer lifespan.
- Cost of installation: More expensive to install than tarmac, although because of its durability, the lifetime cost will be less.
- Finish and appearance: It can be stamped and chemically stained (Creteprint Driveways) to give a wide range of finishes.
- Maintenance: Little maintenance is required.
- Cracks and repairs: Repairs need to be made by an expert and can be more costly than tarmac.
- Lifespan: Up to 40 years – with sealing once every five years.
- Environmental impact: Made from readily available materials such as water and limestone.
The most crucial part of any driveway construction is the installation, be it tarmac, concrete, or Creteprint. A solid base layer or foundation is the key to a long life with the lowest amount of maintenance. Ensure you choose a reputable driveway installation company to avoid future pitfalls such as potholes, tree root incursion, drainage issues, cracking, and subsidence.
If you are looking for a new or replacement tarmac driveway or concrete driveway, please contact our team for a quote on 01543 229143.