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Driveway Tarmacking Costs

Material Costs, Labour Fees and Time Frame Estimates for Driveway Tarmacking

This article intends to help those that are considering the idea of getting their driveway tarmacked. We have compiled quotes from various specialists across the country to find out the average prices for a tarmac job. It should be noted that tarmac comes from a by-product of oil so it’s important to understand that current prices can fluctuate significantly based on oil prices in the global market. 

Tarmacking a Driveway

This job generally involves removing your current driveway and getting the base excavated. A membrane will then be laid down to ensure that weed is prevented from growing, where edgings are laid onto the cement and sand mix and the drainage that connects into your existing pipework. The sub-base is also put down along with the first course of tarmac binding. The second tarmac course follows and a roller is used to get it compacted to ensure a neat finish. 

Advantages of a Tarmacked Driveway

In terms of driveway material, tarmac is probably the easiest to install. In most cases, it is possible to just lay tarmac over your old driveway so there will be no need to get any excavation done. Most professionals can get the task done in just a few hours. Tarmac is also quite durable so not only can it handle the British weather well, but it is also able to take considerable vehicle weight. It’s also resistant to warping and cracking so if there are serious damages, resurfacing it is fairly inexpensive. 

Pricing for Tarmac

The costs for tarmac ranges from £50-£70 a square metre. The larger your driveway is, the less you’ll usually pay on a per square metre basis. 

Price-Affecting Factors

When tarmacking your driveway, you’ll find that the costs are generally higher per square metre the smaller the area is. This is because most contractors prefer doing larger jobs. Among the things that you should consider that will have an effect on the overall pricing include:

  • Driveways that are irregularly-shaped
  • Hard to access driveway site
  • New soakaway requirements to meet specific surface regulations for drainage
  • Unusual slopes
  • Coloured tarmacs 

The installation can also be affected by prevalent weather. Whilst it is possible to install the tarmac even when it is raining, if it’s excessive then the work may have to be suspended, heavy rain will likely cool the tarmac material too quickly, this can also leave some standing water as a result. After the drive has been installed, it will be ready for use in just a few days, provided that the surface has successfully cooled down and hardened. You can use to get coloured tarmac but since they are considered specialist products, expect that they can be expensive— making them more appropriate for use in smaller areas. 

Maintaining the Tarmac Driveway

Getting the tarmac driveway resealed regularly is crucial if you want to maintain its structure and look.

Resurfacing the driveway every 5 to 10 years is also ideal. Note that it would be next to impossible to prevent weeds from growing on the driveway surface. Weed can easily break through driveway surfaces, especially along the areas close to plant beds and lawns. Treating the area regularly with weed killers is one way of addressing the problem. 

After your driveway has been done and weed does end up penetrating the surface, a weed killer that is water-based can be used to get rid of them. Make sure to patch the tarmac area where weeds have managed to break through. Avoid pulling weeds that have penetrated through the surface as they may have roots large enough that can damage the surface when pulled out.

Costs for Old Driveway Removal

The costs you need to cover to have an old driveway removed are generally all about the labour, skips and machinery. A regular double or single driveway can take up to 2 days to move with cost around £400 to £700.  

Costs for Overlaying a Driveway with Tarmac

Overlaying your driveway with tarmac is a more cost-effective option compared to actually removing the existing driveway. If your current driveway happens to be solid and made of concrete or worn out tarmac, then this is something that you might want to consider. It does help to secure a professional opinion from specialists first before considering the idea to ensure that it is indeed feasible. If there are large cracks in the driveway, high standard repairs must be carried out first otherwise it will show through over time. You have to see to it too that your new driveway will not go beyond the damp course layer of the property. 

Costs for Tarmacking a Driveway

For tarmacking a 2-car driveway, the average costs could amount to £2000. Costs for overlaying an existing tarmac or re-tarmacking your driveway could amount to £700 since there will be no need for you to cover for excavation costs. Prices can vary depending on where you are located, the size of the driveway, and whether the company you choose is a small or big one. 

Most driveway specialists will charge around £150 -£200 a day. They will usually work with a pair or in groups when tarmacking a driveway. So, you can expect to pay around £250 to £400 as a daily rate for labour costs. This gets the project done at a much quicker pace. 

Cost Breakdown

If you’re planning on laying down tarmac to your medium-sized driveway, the total costs could come up to £2000. Of that, £1000 covers for the materials, £8900 covers the tradesmen fees and £100 pays for waste removal.