Tarmac Driveways Surfacing and Resurfacing installation Services

Tarmacadam is a suitable material for your driveway installation. It is also commonly used for highly trafficked areas such as forecourts, car parks, school playgrounds and private roads.

Dares Surfacing is a tarmac resurfacing and surfacing specialist in installing tarmac driveways, making sure that the preparation of the driveway is firstly clean and free from organic matter to avoid the surface from developing cracks.

Tarmac drives can last for years and years if laid correctly, so call in the experts at Dare Surfacing today.

Why Choose Tarmacadam for Your Driveways?

When laid properly, tarmac is a durable, reliable and smooth surface which is relatively easy to repair – although patch repairs will always be visible and it will often look better if the entire area is re-surfaced.

It can degrade under UV light causing brittleness, cracks and potholes. Additionally, diesel spillages will spoil a tarmac resurfacing job.

Of all the different types of surfacing which can be used to construct a driveway, tarmacadam is considered the budget option, especially when compared to block paving, or pattern imprinted concrete. However, whilst large areas can be economically resurfaced the cost of using tarmac for a small driveway can be comparable to the more aesthetically pleasing block paving.

All our tarmac resurfacing projects are undertaken safely, quickly and efficiently. We always take local businesses, residents and road users into account when undertaking our work and aim to cause the minimum of mess and disruption. Providing a quiet, smooth surface for vehicles.

Main Materials for Tarmac Driveway Surfacing


Bitumen is the remains of the oil refinement process used to create the fuels we use every day. It is thick and sticky.


Macadam as developed by John MacAdam in the 19th Century was the process of binding together smaller aggregates. Later bound with tar, and then bitumen to become what we know today as bitmac.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Tarmacing Services

There are a variety of factors that play a part in the cost of tarmac resurfacing. From the materials used to the general size of the driveway, contacting our specialists will provide the best method for an accurate estimate of the cost.

Often, tarmacadam is cheaper than block paving. The cost-efficiency of tarmac driveways usually stems from the time taken and the tools needed to lay the initial foundation. Tarmac resurfacing can take around a day to complete, whereas block paving can take several.

You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing. This allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally.

Our experts will be able to provide further information based on your location and other specifications.

When asphalt is first laid the surface will have a shiny black appearance. After some weeks, and depending on use, the glossiness will reduce as the surface weathers. Within 6 months to a year the colour will lighten to a dark grey as the binder at the surface, when exposed to the sunlight, oxidises and wears.

As part of our service, our team can discuss tarmac resurfacing and the methods known to prolong the lifespan, both cosmetically and practically.

To extend the life of your driveway, you can apply a sealant to its surface. Most professionals will apply it after a year of its installation. The sealant works as a barrier to the elements that can cause damage to the surface and allow the driveway to stay fresh and clean.

Our tarmac surfacing driveways typically last around 15 years. The lifespan depends on the weather of the area, the usage of the driveway and how well the driveway is maintained. In addition, the quality of installation also affects how long your driveway will last, so you can expect our work to last for its maximum lifespan.

As a precautionary measure, we recommend that you don’t drive on your freshly laid driveway for 3 days after installation. If you do drive immediately after it’s laid, the tarmac might get damaged.

While concrete was commonly used to lay roads, it is now considered a material of the past. Tarmac driveways are becoming increasingly popular, due to their quality and durability. 

The quality of concrete is compromised due to it being rigid and therefore more prone to becoming cracked. This problem is heightened when the concrete is laid down on an uneven surface. On the other hand, a tarmac driveway is strong but has flexibility to it and doesn’t crack as easily.

Yes, in fact, there is a developing market for recycling tarmacadam. When you put tarmac on your driveway, you’re not only getting a great new driveway, you’re heading towards a sustainable future.

If you’re working to a budget, tarmac is a great option. Resin driveways form a better colour and design, but they are more expensive.

Don’t use a jet washer for this, as it might leave scuff marks on the tarmac. It is best to simply sweep off any debris as well as apply water at low pressure.

No, tarmac surfaces are not permeable.

Having an aesthetically pleasing driveway can complement your home and add up to 10% of its value.

Why Choose Dares Surfacing for Tarmac Driveways Installation?

At Dares Surfacing, we pride ourselves on our quality products and professional workmanship. We supply the very best products, from tarmacing, concrete surfacing, block paving & DT resin to Marshalls paving slabs, and our groundwork technicians are all highly skilled, experienced tradesmen.

There are many benefits when it comes to using our services, but below are a few.

Block Paving Experts

With so many block paving styles and colours available; unique and custom designs are very much achievable..

Quality Tarmac Surfacing

We have many years of experience laying tarmac surfaces and many happy clients in Devon & Somerset.

Resin Bound Surfacing

With Resin bound surfaces the finish is an anti slip, weed proof, porous surface with the performance of concrete or tarmac.