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Tarmac and Asphalt

Tarmac and asphalt are the most popular surfacing options for driveway and pathways across the UK. With their hard wearing and durable properties, tarmac and asphalt have become the number one choice for those looking for a value for money, long-lasting surface. If you’re looking to discover whether tarmac or asphalt is the right surfacing for you, this article aims to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Why are tarmac and asphalt so popular?

Tarmac and asphalt are great options for those looking for an affordable, yet smart driveway option. Usually, these surfaces can be laid incredibly quickly if carried out by a professional company such as Steve Collins Surfacing, so you can benefit from your new tarmac and asphalt surface as soon as possible.

Compared to other surfacing options, tarmac and asphalt are the easiest choices when it comes to your new surface. Unlike block paving and gravel, once laid, your new surface will provide many, many years of reliable service without the need to carry out any regular maintenance.

And because both tarmac and asphalt have incredibly durable properties, they can withstand the harshness of a pressure-washer, meaning if over time your surface discolours, you can make it look like new in no time at all.

Tarmac and asphalt can easily become part of a wider design, with many people opting to add other features such as a block paving border, or different drainage options if required.

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What are the differences between tarmac and asphalt?

Tarmac is essentially the layering of crushed stone and natural occurring tar to create a solid and durable surface, although the process is slightly more complex than that. The surface has to be laid hot and takes a long time to set, which means it’s not suitable for a quick fix. Some companies also choose to apply a top coat which intensifies the colour, improves water resistant properties and increases the level of grip.

Asphalt is a combination of aggregates and bitumen, which is the leftover product from the oil refinery process. Asphalt is more environmentally friendly than tarmac, as the materials used can be processed and recycled when it comes to an old surface being replaced. Asphalt is generally known to be more durable than tarmac, and it’s much quicker to lay. Asphalt can also be used to top-up a layer of tarmac, as its properties allow it to penetrate the original surface.

What can you expect when you choose our tarmac and asphalt service?

When you choose Steve Collins for tarmac asphalt surfacing, you will experience a start to finish service which demonstrates the very best when it comes laying driveways, roads and paths.

We want to make sure that you’re well aware of the costs of both tarmac and asphalt surfaces, and our experts will be able to give you a full rundown of the differences between the two. To make sure that any costs we give you are accurate, we’ll carry out a complete survey of the area in question, so we know just how much preparation and ground work is involved. We’ll then hand you a fully itemised quote laying out all the costs, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

We’ll work around you to ensure that the dates on which we plan to lay your new surface will be fully convenient for you. When you choose Steve Collins Surfacing, you can be sure that no stone will be left unturned and all processes will be carried out to the book by professional and experienced tradesmen.

You’ll find us polite and courteous and happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding the process. We’ll work hard to ensure that we’re finished by the time outlaid at the start of the project, yet we never compromise on quality.

Why should you choose Steve Collins Surfacing?

At Steve Collins Surfacing, we are passionate about laying great quality Tarmac and Asphalttarmac and asphalt driveways, paths and roads. As a family-run company, we know that every member of staff has the skills necessary to provide a smart, hard-wearing surface that will last for many years to come.

No job is too big or too small for our team, and we inject the same passion and dedication into every tarmac and asphalt project that we work on; whether it’s a small garden path or several miles of road.

We carry out all labour, own all of our equipment and monitor all of the materials that we source to ensure that we only supply our customers with the very best quality for the best possible price.

Discover for yourself the continuous quality that our customers receive by taking a look at our checkatrade page.

“We are so happy with our new driveway. Choosing blockpaving was the best decision, thanks so much for the advice. Looks fabulous!”

Mr & Mrs Allens, Parkstone, Poole – New Driveway


Take a look at some of the previous tarmac and asphalt surfaces that we’ve laid in the past in our gallery.

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