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The durable and pliable nature of tarmac make it the perfect surfacing option for driveways footpaths and hard standing a like. Your home will look great with a new drive or pathway. Not only is tarmac durable, but unlike other materials which can present difficulty when being laid, tarmac is quick, fast setting and easily molded to any surface it's applied too.
Tarmacadam is a road surfacing material made by combining macadam surfaces, tar, and sand, invented by Scottish engineer John Loudon McAdam in the early 1800s and patented by Welsh inventor Edgar Purnell Hooley in 1902. The terms "tarmacadam" and tarmac are also used for a variety of other materials, including tar-grouted macadam, bituminous surface treatments, and modern asphalt concrete. The term is also often colloquially used to describe airport aprons (also referred to as "ramps"), taxiways, and runways regardless of the surface.
Driveway block paving is currently the most popular driveway solution. It is cost effective and low maintenance. Unlike tarmac or concrete, you have a choice of styles, colours and patterns. If the drive does get damaged or you get an oil spill, the damaged driveway blocks can be taken up and replaced in a matter of minutes. Block paving also known as brick paving is a commonly used decorative method of creating a pavement or hardstanding.
The main benefit of bricks over other materials is that individual bricks can later be lifted up and replaced. This allows for remedial work to be carried out under the surface of the paving without leaving a lasting mark once the paving bricks have been replaced.
Typical areas of use would be for driveways, pavement, patios, town centres, pedestrian precincts and more commonly in road surfacing. Bricks are typically made of concrete or clay, though other composite materials are also used. Each has its own means of construction. The biggest difference is the way they set hard ready for use. A clay brick has to be fired in a kiln to bake the brick hard.
A concrete brick has to be allowed to set. The concrete paving bricks are a porous form of brick formed by mixing small stone hardcore, dyes, cement and sand and other materials in various amounts. Many block paving manufacturing methods are now allowing the use of recycled materials in the construction of the paving bricks such as crushed glass and crushed old building rubble.
The quickest and by far the cheapest option is gravel which is available in numerous colours and grades. If gravel is installed, we recommend installing a good quality geotextile under the gravel for weed control.
Resin-bound paving is a mixture of aggregate stones and resin is used on footpaths, driveways etc. Unlike standard resin bonded surfacing, it’s a permeable paving solution. It is a flexible surfacing material, so is resistant to cracking. The system is mixed on site and cold applied, using a high-quality clear UV resistant resin binder to coat the aggregate particles prior to laying. Unlike resin-bonded surfacing, where a thin layer of resin is applied to the surface and then the aggregate scattered on top (which can then become loose over time and is impermeable), resin and aggregates are thoroughly mixed together prior to laying, ensuring that the aggregate is completely coated and so providing a totally bound surface.
As a result, a resin-bound surface is more durable and requires less maintenance – it needs to be swept or power washed at least twice a year, to avoid the buildup of detritus and prevent the growth of moss or algae.