Tarmac Driveways: Drive Away Happy This Summer

Tarmacadam driveways the must have for your home. Millenials love tarmac driveways, not only are they practical, but they are an excellent choice for those who want to give their home a lick of paint from the outside in.

Unfortunately, tarmac driveways aren’t are a DIY job that you can do over your weekend off as things can get kind of messy. No to worry though, you can hire someone to do the graft while you are enjoying the sun elsewhere.

Tarmac contractors can come to your home at a time that suits you.  Your new tarmac driveway will need just little time to harden before you can drive on it, so it is advised that you have this completed while you are away for a weekend. Giving it a solid 48 hours to set.

Interested? Let’s find out more about tarmac driveways. 

 What Is Tarmac?

Good question. Not sure what a “Macadam” is? It is a technique that was invented long ago by a pioneer called John MacAdam in the 19th century. John Macadam was involved heavily in the development of tar-based macadams which are still used across the world today.

Tarmacadam has been shortened to the “Tarmac”, in case you haven’t guessed. Tarmac is the substance that is laid and brushed out evenly with a steam roller, to create the appearance of a blacktop driveway. 

Tarmac Driveways

Tarmac Driveways

It is fair to say that tarmac driveways are extremely easy to look after in comparison to other types of driveways. For new homeowners, having a fresh driveway puts a stamp on their home and it is often the first thing people will invest in when they move into a new home.

Once your new drive is fitted, the asphalt, a mixture of hard aggregate bound together with bitumen will then have to set.  Tarmac is an excellent material to drive on as it is a flexible, black, waterproof substance derived from crude oil. There are many different types of asphalt surfacing that are used on driveways, the more common being Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA), Dense or Close-graded Bituminous Macadam (DBM) and Hot Rolled Asphalt (HRA).

Asphalt surfacing will be used for many years to come not only on driveways but on a number of road types.

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Tarmac in Glasgow

Get in touch with a Tarmac Glasgow company to arrange the installation of your new tarmac driveway.  RM Kennedy & Sons, say that “tarmacing a drive can make your home look cleaner from the outside, one of the reasons why many of our customers enquire about the cost of tarmac a drive”.

Hot weather shouldn’t affect your driveway in Glasgow too much. Because your drive is black it can absorb heat in sunny weather, becoming quite hot. Due to the few days of summer which Glaswegians receive, this should not be a concern. In hotter countries, the bitumen binding agent becomes softer due to the heat and the surface become more prone to scuffing from tyres.

It’s best to get your Tarmac driveway fitted during the summer as the dry weather will be more helpful when it comes to setting.