With a proven performance record on roads, car parks, airfields and other hard standings, bituminous surfaces like asphalt and tarmac are commonly used on domestic driveways.
Whilst looking somewhat ‘industrial’ for domestic use, black top driveways are extremely functional until such time that they age from the affects of weathering and oxidation. At this stage, surface raveling occurs which then leaves the bituminous layer at the mercy of the winter freeze/thaw cycle and the consequential evolvement of cracks and potholes.
Due to its speed of aging, as witnessed by the change of surface colour from black to light grey, it is impossible to repair damaged areas of tarmac and asphalt without the surface looking like a patchwork quilt of new black reinstatements.
Effectively glued together with the sludge from the oil refinery process, tarmac and asphalt surfaces have suffered from modern day technologies where more and more goodness is extracted from the base oil sludge before being sold on to the asphalt mixing plants. Accordingly, new tarmac and asphalt surfaces now have around 50% of the life expectancy than similar materials manufactured 20 years ago.
Tarmac / Asphalt
- Industrial appearance
- Poor resistance to weathering
- Impossible to blend in repairs
- Relatively short functional life
- Typical cost of £25.00 m2
Resin Bonded Stone
- Stunning natural stone aesthetics
- Hugely resistant to climatic conditions
- Easy to implement hidden repairs
- Long lasting durable surface
- Costs £28.00 to £36.00 m2