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Tarmac Driveways

Tarmac driveways are considered to be one of the most popular and cheapest methods of driveway surfacing
Tarmac by Any Other Name

The proper name for Tarmac, or Tarmacadam, is actually Bituminous Macadam or Bitmac for short.
The name Tarmac was created by John MacAdam. He developed the process by using tar to hold stones together. He called it tar macadam, or Tarmac. If you were to contact a professional contractor, they are more likely to refer to Tarmac as Bitmac.

Don’t Do It Yourself

It should be noted that while tarmac driveways are very popular, it is not recommended that a homeowner take this on as a do-it-yourself project. It is best left to professionals as tarmac installation requires heavy machinery, though if it is being laid in a small area a professional may choose another method of finishing it. Tarmac that is laid by machine is thought to have a better appearance, though, than tarmac that is laid by hand.

Tarmac: Pros and Cons

One reason for choosing tarmac is that is has good resistance to heavy use and can be exposed to all types of weather conditions without displaying wear and tear.
Also, tarmac driveways can be coloured to your liking. The process simply requires a contractor to use a coloured binder.
One down side to installing tarmac driveways is that they attract heat and can get very hot in the summer. This does not make it a good choice for a surface that will be used for recreational purposes- such as children playing sports.
When deciding on tarmac as a driveway surface it is helpful to know that there are many different types of tarmac to choose from. Just be sure to do your research before hiring a company in order to have a pleasant end result.

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