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Essential Paving - Tarmacadam Driveways

About Tarmacadam

The material of tarmacadam consists of tar and broken stone and naturally is a dark coloured, bituminous material that can be laid on almost any surface with the right preparation. When compressed the broken stones are held together by the tar giving the look and finish of a long lasting and highly durable tarmacadam surface.


We also offer Resin Bond Products - Ideal for Paths and Driveways.

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Tarmac - our work


The Process

The tarmacadam mixture is laid while hot and viscous, leveled and compacted, and then allowed to cool so that it binds to form a solid, hard-wearing surface. Wherever possible, tarmacadam driveways should be laid using a paving machine as this ensures the best compression and therefore finish. Sometimes it is not possible to use a machine in areas such as small garden paths, but we  will use alternative methods, in order to get a smooth finish.

Before & After - Driveway

Digging up the old worn concrete driveway

Prepared the area, after digging out the area, hardcore was laid, leveled and compacted, block pave edgings used in a contrasting colour and drainage laid.

Finishing off - tarmac laid, leveled and compacted. Just finishing off by using a Roller for a smooth finish.


The benefits of having a tarmacadam driveway

  • Tarmacadam is well know for its durability.
  • Minimal maintenance is required, which also makes it a popular product.
  • Cost-effective – less construction time and materials to reduce the stretch on your budget.
  • Faster construction time and less disruption to the road or pathway users.
  • An alternative to the use of geo-textiles.
  • A more sustainable option through thinner pavement design.
  • Can avoid the need for full depth reconstruction – not an option with block as it needs a full depth bedding layer.
  • Low voids reducing potential for water damage and improved durability – a common failing with block based products.
  • Is more resilient to deformation in poorly designed heavily trafficked areas.
  • Cost comparative: Long-lasting, durable, and economic alternative to concrete products and blocks.
  • For residential and lightly trafficked areas tarmac is a durable coloured alternative to traditional asphalt.  It is a direct alternative for block paving systems.
  • Any eventual damaged areas, due to the adverse weather and wear and tear, the driveway can be repaired or even resurfaced.


Tarmacadam is a versatile material and is also used for paths.

Colours & Styles

Our tarmacadam driveways are available in the traditional colours of Red or Black.

A variety of edging can be used, using different materials, styles, colours, shapes and sizes.