There are three main services offered by tarmacadam contractors,
- Full Excavation
The most important one being a full excavation which involves a new stone sub-base, a dense binding course or base course of tarmacadam and a final wearing course of bitmac.
2. Base Layer and Wearing Course
Secondly, the work on prepared areas requires just the two tarmacadam layers on an existing stone sub-base.
The third option is to resurface or overlay an existing area of tarmacadam which may be damaged with pot holes.
On other pages we will also consider the advantages and disadvantages of tarmacadam, the uses for coloured tarmacadam and the restoration and refurbishment of existing tarmacadam driveway and patio surfaces.
Then, from a more technical standpoint we will explain the differences between hand laid and machine laid tarmacadam and what Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA) is.
Dealing with water run-off from your tarmac driveway
Government legislation requires that surface water from impermeable paving areas must be dealt with within the curtilage of the property, so we will consider the use of permeable tarmacadam paving.
Additionally, since most pavements in the UK are constructed using tarmac, if you need to have the kerb dropped in order to access your driveway, you will require local council approval and a Qualified Street Works Approved tarmac installation company.