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How Long Does A Tarmac Driveway Last?

When considering a new driveway, one of the crucial factors to examine is its lifespan. A tarmac driveway, also known as an asphalt driveway, is a popular choice for homeowners due to its durability and longevity. In this article, we will explore the expected lifespan of a tarmac driveway, factors that influence its durability, and how proper maintenance can extend its life.

Understanding Tarmac Driveways:

Tarmac is a mixture of aggregates, such as crushed stone and sand, bound together with bitumen. This combination creates a smooth and resilient surface that can withstand heavy loads, inclement weather, and regular vehicle traffic. Tarmac driveways are known for their strength, flexibility, and resistance to cracks.

Expected Lifespan:

On average, a well-installed and properly maintained tarmac driveway can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, with excellent care, it is not uncommon for tarmac driveways to surpass this range and remain in good condition for up to 25 years or more. The longevity of a tarmac driveway depends on various factors, which we will explore in the following sections.

Factors Influencing Lifespan:

a) Quality of Installation: The skill and expertise of the installation contractor play a significant role in determining the lifespan of a tarmac driveway. Proper preparation of the base, appropriate thickness of the tarmac layer, and adequate compaction are vital for ensuring long-term durability.

b) Climate and Weather Conditions: Tarmac driveways are designed to withstand various weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, rainfall, and freeze-thaw cycles. However, constant exposure to harsh weather elements can gradually degrade the surface over time. Areas with severe weather patterns may experience a slightly shorter lifespan for tarmac driveways.

c) Usage and Maintenance: The level of usage and maintenance also impact the lifespan of a tarmac driveway. Regular heavy vehicle traffic, such as multiple cars or commercial vehicles, can accelerate wear and tear. Additionally, neglecting routine maintenance, such as sealing cracks and cleaning, can diminish the driveway’s longevity.

Extending the Lifespan:

While the lifespan of a tarmac driveway is influenced by various factors, there are measures you can take to maximize its longevity:

a) Proper Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential for preserving the integrity of a tarmac driveway. This includes sweeping or power washing to remove debris, promptly repairing any cracks or potholes, and resealing the surface every few years. Sealcoating provides an additional layer of protection against UV rays, moisture, and oil spills, thereby extending the driveway’s life.

b) Avoiding Heavy Loads and Sharp Objects: Minimize the impact of heavy loads, such as large trucks or recreational vehicles, on your tarmac driveway. Additionally, avoid parking heavy machinery or placing sharp objects directly on the surface to prevent damage.

c) Drainage Management: Ensure proper drainage to avoid water pooling on the tarmac surface. Standing water can seep into the asphalt layers, causing structural damage and reducing its lifespan. Keep gutters and downspouts clear, and consider installing adequate drainage systems if necessary.

A well-installed and properly maintained tarmac driveway can provide a durable and long-lasting solution for your property. With an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years, and potentially longer with excellent care, tarmac driveways offer excellent value for homeowners. By choosing a reputable contractor, considering local climate conditions, practicing regular maintenance, and implementing good usage practices, you can extend the lifespan of your tarmac driveway and enjoy its benefits for many years to come.

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Recent Customer Reviews

Ted and his team did a fantastic job on my mum's drive . They arrived early in the morning and got stuck in straight away . They completed the job in 2 days as predicted including a few extras for free . Ted takes pride in their work and likes everything to be perfect . A competitive price using the best materials from a local firm . A great work ethic provided an excellent job well done . I would highly recommend Maughan Construction.
We have just had our driveway transformed by Ted and his team. We have been blow away by there work. They were on time, hard working, delivered everything they said they would (even did extra). Ted has been open and honest throughout the process and explained what he would be doing step by step. Top quality work, you can see why they are the highest rated company in the area. We will be having them back for work in the back garden.
ZXR 400
ZXR 400
09:27 07 Feb 24
Ken Hancock
Ken Hancock
13:57 23 Jan 24
Emailed Ted with an enquiry regarding our drive. Ted responded to the enquiry by phone and called to site the same day and promptly dealt with the enquiry to our satisfaction.Happy customer.
Tracy Averill
Tracy Averill
20:50 28 Nov 23
Well what can I say about Ted and his team...These guys are just brilliant. Transformed our old decaying red tarmac driveway into a tidy block paved drive with great kerb appeal.I cannot believe how quick and efficiently these guys operate. They are like a well oiled machine and the finished product is just great.Ted's business sense is spot on... he isn't happy unless the customer is fully satisfied with the job. These guys turn up when they say and work like trojans till the job is complete, leaving the site clean and tidy.I cannot praise this company enough. Look at his reviews!. He's getting something right!If you want your drive doing then get these guys in.. You won't be disappointed. I'll have these guys back if I want anymore work doing without hesitation..Thanks again to you Ted and your team.Keep up the good work!
Richard Averill
Richard Averill
16:26 05 Nov 23
Great job on my new driveway and patio path thank you very much ted&team highly recommend these guys!!!
Callum Edwards
Callum Edwards
12:16 01 Nov 23
I am a sceptical person by nature but these lads are first class workmen, I can't speak highly enough of their quality of work,exceptional teamwork and Ted is a character who put my mind at rest about the whole job. For any building work I can't rate them highly enough. Its refreshing to know there are trustworthy people still out there. Would recommend them to anyone.
Lynsey Hunter
Lynsey Hunter
16:05 31 Oct 23
New driveway done, very pleased with it and it looks absolutely fabulous, the workers including Ted were all efficient and professional, clean, tidy when working and at the end of the day. Lovely job.
gail leigh
gail leigh
10:14 04 Oct 23
This company has put in block paving and tarmac for me at lightwood, the job was of very high standard and the work was done in 2 days.Great work 👏
Rais Mohammed
Rais Mohammed
13:02 02 Oct 23
Top quality work and very fast ted and his colleagues always do an outstanding job and couldn’t thank them enough
Mike Hassett
Mike Hassett
12:27 23 Sep 23
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