Different Finishes for Tarmac Driveways
When many people think of asphalt, they think of plain black roads. However, tarmac driveways can be finished in a number of different ways to create a modern and attractive drive. Below are a few popular asphalt driveway ideas.
Block Paved Edges
Integrating block paving into your tarmac driveway is a great way of improving the look and design. The most common use of block pavers is as a surrounding border along the edges of the drive. Pavers can also be used to create an attractive centrepiece in the middle of the driveway. You can see some more examples of how block paving and tarmac are used together in our driveway ideas and gallery section below.
Block paving costs more than tarmac, so the more block paving you choose to integrate, the more expensive your driveway installation will be.
If black asphalt isn’t for you, why not try coloured tarmac. Adding some colour can completely change the look of your drive, and will also help prevent the washed out grey appearance found on many older tarmacked roads and driveways.
What colours are available? The binding agent used is important in determining the available colours for tarmac driveways. For some time, red was the most common alternative to black tarmac, but nowadays you can choose from over 15 different colours, including blue, green, orange and even white!
How much do coloured tarmac driveways cost? Coloured tarmac is more expensive than traditional black tarmac, and whilst red tarmac can typically be found throughout the UK, other colours are less commonly available in some areas. Find out exactly how much coloured tarmac costs in your area.
Whilst installation is a job best left to knowledgeable professionals, tarmac painting is a great DIY project. Painting your tarmac not only helps preserve it’s lifespan, but it can also allow homeowners to add a personal touch to their drive. When choosing a tarmac paint, it is important to consider any waterproofing qualities the paint may have. Asphalt and tarmac are porous, allowing water to drain, but if you use a waterproof covering, drainage will be effected and puddles will most likely form.