Toggle navigation. Categories Discussions Sign in. July in Garden design. Hello everyone, I have an area of old tarmac in the back garden that provides access to the back garden gate, kitchen door which is the route in and out of the garden from the house and living room window which will be turned into a patio door. Please see attached 4 photos showing the current situation. Excuse the dogs bed! I don't like the tarmac. I was looking for inspiration and ideas from people please. I wanted to find a way of replacing, rejuvenating or developing the area so as to look nice, be safe for my dog and for when there's heavy rain and hopefully avoiding too much fuss or cost.
Benefits and disadvantages of tarmac driveways
At Select Paving we offer a wide range of tarmac choices. From asphalt to tarmac, red or black. With block borders or with concrete edge restraints. The style of finishing of your tarmac driveway is your choice. Our aim is to make sure that your happy with the finish. Tarmac can be installed on a complete new area or it can be used to cover an existing tarmac or concrete driveway. Excavations are generally undertaken using the correct machines and the work undertaken is to excavate the required area to the correct depth dependant on the specification being used, however there are many specifications for different applications, generally domestic driveways excavate virgin ground to a depth of mm for new applications. There are many different types of driveway edging; however all edgings should be laid using the same specification, for domestic applications it is advised to lay them on a bed of mm of concrete and haunched both back and front with concrete for added support.
Tarmac is generally considered to be the cheapest method of laying a hard surface. But it's a time-consuming job which requires specialist tools, machinery and, not least, knowledge. This means that it only becomes the cheapest method once the driveway is up to a suitable size, where the economies of scale kick in. For these reasons, tarmac is not something that can reasonably be considered as a DIY job, unless you have friends or relatives in the trade who are going to help you out, particularly with the machinery. If you're going to Talk To Contractors , you'll need to know that tarmac is more properly called bitmac. Bitmac or Tarmac? The name tarmac was original derived from John MacAdam, who developed the process in the West. He used tar, which can be found naturally, to hold the small stones together, hence the name tar macadam, or tarmac for short. Nowadays, as the binding agent for the aggregates is bitumen, a by-product of the oil refining process, rather than tar, it is known as bitumen macadam, shortened in the trade to bitmac. Consider Where you use Tarmac You do need to think hard before deciding on tarmac for a driveway outside your home, particularly if you like to work on cars or motorcycles as a hobby.
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