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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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Recent Customer Reviews

Ted did an amazing job on our driveway, steps and front. From the minute he came to quote us (turning up at the arranged time and giving us a quote straight away), he has been honest and helpful, giving us different options to suit our price range and what we needed.Ted and his team arranged the time and date to do the work, arrived on time and did the work so quickly and to the highest standard. As we were at work while the work was being done, Ted communicated with us throughout the process sending us photos and calling to confirm after we'd finished working that we were satisfied with the progress. The job Ted and his team had to do was huge and they were finished after a day and a half of work. After the job, our outside was left spotless. Ted then came that evening to check we were satisfied with everything and to talk us through the maintenence we could do to keep the drive looking good.As well as this, Ted did my mum and dad's front and steps around 2 years ago. They had the same, positive experience as we did and their front looks as good as when it was first put down, showing that Ted and his team do a job that lasts the test of time.Thanks so much to Ted and his team!
Anne-Marie Moruzzi
Anne-Marie Moruzzi
20:11 21 May 24
From the beginning of our garden renovation until the very end I cannot stress enough how professional Maughan Construction have been. Their work ethic and commitment is second to non. They are professional in all aspects and take so much pride in the work undertaken. We are so extremely happy with our finished result and will enjoy our garden for many years to come. Thanks to Ted and his team, its been a pleasure
Nicola Eardley
Nicola Eardley
15:56 16 May 24
Ted and his team are brilliant at what they do. They all worked so hard all day long and were so well organised. Even our neighbour commented how hard and quickly they all worked.We are so pleased with our fab new drive and would not hesitate to recommend Maughan Construction. We chose Ted because his reviews were excellent, he is very competitively priced and uses quality materials. Ted goes on a bit but that is because he is so keen to do a job that customers love. He helped us out with other stuff that wasn’t quoted for and also didn’t charge extra for stuff like a manhole cover etc. Thank you Ted and your team.
Anita Shaughnessy
Anita Shaughnessy
18:52 13 May 24
When I say Ted went above and beyond I actually mean it.After MUCH research we had three quotes for our driveway, all of similar values but Ted just stood out from the rest. No dazzling showy sales pitch, just an honest man giving an honest quote explaining in detail the work needed to be carried out.Ted is a perfectionist and it truly shows in his workmanship and the people he employs. Ted went out of his way to borrow ladders from my dad in order to secure our roof guttering thus preventing water leaking onto our driveway when it needed to set. A extra job he personally didn’t need to provide and one he didn’t charge me for.Ted purchased tarmac out of his own pocket to make the transition from the pavement to the driveway seamless. Again no extra charge.Ted even brought fresh new soil to create a boarder along the side of the hedge to neaten everything up. Like I said - a perfectionist!This job was completed in one day. The team worked like trojans, arrived early and tidied up after themselves every step of the way. I was able to carry on working from home completely undisturbed!Ted and his team have done an absolutely INCREDIBLE job and there is absolutely no hesitation in giving this EXCELLENT review and you can see why he is the highest reviewed and regarded company around.There really isn’t any need to research other companies. Read Teds reviews. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Isabella Angotti
Isabella Angotti
16:04 23 Apr 24
Excellent job all done in one day great team of men highly recommended.
Keith Tomkinson
Keith Tomkinson
15:44 18 Apr 24
Ted and the team from Maughan Construction have just completed my new driveway. From initial contact to completion i have found Ted and the team to be professional, hard working and knowledgeable. Ted is more than happy to discuss individual requirements, offer advice as to which type of driveway may suit better and is keen to ensure that the whole customer experience is second to none. Having researched prior to me contacting Maughan construction i was in no doubt as to choosing them as my preferred contractor, the decision was absolutely correct. I would highly recommend Ted and the team from Maughan Construction to family , friends and colleagues. Thank you Ted, excellent work, quick, very competitive and precise.....
Phil stubbs
Phil stubbs
14:23 11 Apr 24
Fab job done this week on our drive and patio very good tidy workers and very efficient would highly recommend Maugham construction 5* service from start to finish
julie leaney
julie leaney
20:19 06 Apr 24
Our sincere thanks to Ted and all his team. What a great job they have done! They worked extremely hard over the two days doing our driveway and patio. Every little detail is taken into account and it shows how much pride they have in all that they do. Nothing is too much trouble. Ted goes above and beyond to please his customers, explaining everything he does along the way. Well done! You will be highly recommended by us to others.
Karlos Svensson
Karlos Svensson
14:54 30 Mar 24
Thank you very much Ted for a lovely job and coming when said I would recommend.
Dawn Smith
Dawn Smith
14:34 20 Mar 24
Called Ted up and within a week Jim and his crew all showed bright and early , and completed our driveway to a top-tier standard… would highly recommend to anybody else..
Georgie Cairns
Georgie Cairns
11:36 06 Mar 24
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