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Is A Tarmac Driveway Cheaper Than Block Paving?

When it comes to choosing the right driveway material, cost is often a significant factor to consider. Tarmac and block paving are two popular options, each with its own set of advantages and considerations. In this article, we will delve into the cost considerations of tarmac driveways and block paving, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and requirements.

Understanding Tarmac Driveways:

Tarmac, also known as asphalt, is a mixture of aggregates and bitumen. It offers a smooth and durable surface that is resistant to cracking and weathering. Tarmac driveways are known for their affordability and quick installation time, making them a popular choice for many homeowners.

1. Initial Installation Costs:

When it comes to initial installation costs, tarmac driveways tend to be more budget-friendly compared to block paving. The materials required for tarmac, such as aggregates and bitumen, are generally less expensive than the individual blocks used in block paving. Additionally, tarmac driveways can be laid quickly, reducing labor costs compared to the intricate installation process involved in block paving.

2. Maintenance and Repairs:

One of the advantages of tarmac driveways is their low maintenance requirements. They are relatively easy to clean and require minimal upkeep. However, over time, tarmac may develop cracks or wear due to heavy usage or exposure to extreme weather conditions. Fortunately, tarmac repairs are typically less expensive than block paving repairs, as they involve patching or resurfacing the affected areas rather than replacing individual blocks.

Understanding Block Paving:

Block paving, also known as brick paving, involves laying individual blocks or bricks in various patterns to create a decorative and durable driveway surface. Block paving offers a wide range of design options, allowing for creativity and customization.

1. Initial Installation Costs:

Block paving driveways tend to have higher initial installation costs compared to tarmac. The individual blocks or bricks, along with the additional materials like sand and cement, contribute to the overall expense. Additionally, the intricate installation process requires skilled labor, which can increase the overall cost. However, it is important to note that block paving offers long-term durability and aesthetic appeal, which may justify the higher upfront investment for some homeowners.

2. Maintenance and Repairs:

Block paving driveways require regular maintenance to keep them in optimal condition. This includes cleaning the surface, re-sanding the joints, and occasional sealing. While block paving is generally durable, individual blocks may become loose or damaged over time. Repairing block paving driveways involves removing and replacing the affected blocks, which can be more labor-intensive and costly compared to tarmac repairs.

Choosing the Right Option:

The decision between a tarmac driveway and block paving depends on various factors, including your budget, desired aesthetics, and long-term maintenance considerations. Here are some key points to consider:

Both tarmac driveways and block paving offer their own advantages and cost considerations. Tarmac driveways are generally more affordable to install and maintain, with lower repair costs. On the other hand, block paving driveways provide design versatility and long-term durability, albeit at a higher upfront investment. Assess your budget, aesthetic preferences, and maintenance expectations to determine which option best suits your needs.

Consulting with a reputable contractor can provide further guidance and help you make an informed decision that meets both your practical and financial requirements.

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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.
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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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