The cost of having your driveway tarmacked will depend on the size and condition. The average cost of a tarmac drive in the UK is estimated between £40-£75 per M².
The average tarmacking quote doesn't account for removal of your current drive so keep this in mind when looking for your specialist. To calculate an accurate price for your new driveway you need to account for the labour costs, materials, driveway removal and the waste clearance.
The cost of laying a tarmac drive will vary depending on multiple factors. The primary cost affecting factor is the size and shape of the area that you are surfacing. In some cases, people may choose to use tarmac for repairs to an existing surface, while others may require an entire new driveway.
Depending on the size of the area that you are covering, the price will increase. The average cost of a tarmac driveway in the UK is estimated between £40-£75 per M². However, there are additional factors that you will need to take into consideration when mapping out your budget.
Consider whether your project involves the removal of an existing or damaged driveway, in which case you may require additional services. On average, the cost of removing an existing driveway can increase your project total by a further £20 per M². If you are hiring a professional tradesperson to lay your new tarmac drive, you will also need to consider the daily or hourly labour charges associated with this service.
The cost varying factors include the shape and complexity of the area that you are covering. If your new driveway requires additional features such as drainage, you can expect the price to increase. Tarmac is also available in a variety of different colours and styles, which generally cost more to purchase compared to the standard, generic black variety.
The table below demonstrates how these cost-affecting factors can influence the total cost of your project. These prices are estimates and should be used for educational purposes only.
|Job Description||Materials Cost||Area Covered M²||Labour Cost||Total Cost|
|Standard Tarmac Driveway||£50 M²||5 M²||£200||£450|
|Standard Tarmac Driveway||£50 M²||25 M²||£300||£1550|
|Standard Tarmac Driveway||£50 M²||50 M²||£500||£3000|
|Irregular Shaped Tarmac Driveway||£50 M²||8 M²||£250||£650|
|Irregular Shaped Tarmac Driveway||£50 M²||15 M²||£500||£1500|
|Removal & Replacing a Tarmac Drive||£50 M²||10 M²||£400||£750|
|Coloured Tarmac Driveway||£75 M²||5 M²||£200||£575|
|Coloured Tarmac Driveway||£75 M²||25 M²||£600||£2475|
Tarmac, or tarmacadam, is a surfacing material commonly used for roads and driveways. This popular method has been used by homeowners across the UK for over 100 years, and is a great way of updating and protecting a surface that has been strained by aging and weathering.
When being laid, the material is in the form of a hot, malleable liquid, that can be levelled and moulded to the desired shape. Tarmac offers a durable, affordable and effective way of levelling off and improving the appearance of an existing surface.
Tarmac is a cheap and easy alternative to other surface materials, while offering a fresh new look.
When installing a new tarmac drive, it is the preparation that is the most time-consuming and essential step in order to achieve a quality result. If you require the removal of an existing driveway, the installation process as a whole will be extended.
It is essential when removing an existing driveway that you properly excavate the area and remove any excess waste to create a clear surface ready for preparation. Existing driveways are commonly removed using specialist excavation equipment. You may require a skip for excess waste materials during the removal, however this will of course add additional costs to your overall project budget.
Once the area is free of any debris, you can begin to create a base membrane upon which your new tarmac driveway will be. This step is important as it will reduce the likelihood of weeds and cracks developing over time. If you would like to add decorative edging such as pavers or borders, this should be done before laying your tarmac. Consider making sure that all existing drainage or pipework is correctly installed before laying your tarmac on top.
A Professional driveway installer will visit your property ready to lay your new tarmac surface. They will mix the tarmac until it forms a hot, malleable liquid. The material is then applied in a thin layer of approximately 2 inches thick, and left to dry. A second layer is later applied and compacted with a roller to form a smooth and level surface. Once the surface is dry after a few hours, you should be left with a clean and level area.
The advantage of using tarmac for driveways is its high resistance and durability to repeated use by heavy vehicles. However, taking the appropriate steps and applying the correct maintenance will promote the longevity of your new tarmac driveway. It is recommended that all tarmac surfaces are resealed and resurfaced every 5 to 10 years.
Tarmac driveways is a process that is best left to the professionals. The application of tarmac requires specialist machinery and equipment in order to correctly lay the material. However, there are multiple steps that you can take to speed up the process and prepare the space ready for installation.
You may wish to begin the excavation process and clearing the site ready for the application, to save on the cost of a professional’s labour. You should note that if you are renting a skip, you will need to take into consideration the daily hire charges. The application of laying tarmac is a precise and intricate process that needs to be practised in order to achieve a smooth and even results.
As with any home improvement project, there are risks associated with attempting to carry out the work yourself. If you are experienced and unfamiliar with the use of heavy machinery and specialist equipment you should not attempt the job. Not only can the process be harmful to your health, but you may be left with an unsightly and poor-quality finish that is impractical and unusable.
To achieve the best possible results, we recommend seeking the advice and assistance of an experienced and professional driveway installation company. Attempting any project, yourself will not necessarily save you time or money, as you may encounter obstacles that can be costly to repair.
For the most affordable practice, we advise you seek multiple price quotes from various professionals who are qualified to carry out the work for you.
Here is a list of commonly asked questions regarding laying a tarmac driveway.
It is advised that you wait at least 3 days before driving on your new tarmac driveway. This allows the surface to adequately dry and prevent indentations and cracks from developing.
In most cases, tarmac driveways are much cheaper to install when compared to paving stones. The process of installing tarmac is usually much quicker than that of block paving.
Absolutely. You can purchase special detergents designed to effectively clean tarmac surfaces. These detergents are recommended to promote the longevity of your tarmac without causing damage.
The two materials are very similar, but not the same. Tarmac is formed when crushed stones are coated in a layer of tar. Asphalt, similarly contains a layer of crushed aggregates, but is coated in a layer of bitumen. Both are generally black in colour; however coloured varieties of tarmac are available.
There are specific paints available on the market intended to be used on tarmac driveways. These paints, however, require maintenance and it is recommended that you apply a generous new coat every 2-3 years.
Tarmac is available in a variety of different colours, with red, green and stone colours being the most popular. Typically, coloured variations are more expensive per M², compared to the standard black variety.