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Tarmac is generally considered to be the cheapest method of laying a hard surface. But it's a time-consuming

job which requires specialist tools, machinery and, not least, knowledge. This means that it only becomes the

cheapest method once the driveway is up to a suitable size, where the economies of scale kick in.

Once laid Tarmac driveways can look very pretty and can last you years with less maintance. The most

popular standard colours are black or red tarmac but there are also other coloyurs availbale too.

Bitmac or Tarmac?

The name tarmac was original derived from John MacAdam, who developed the process in the West.

He used tar, which can be found naturally, to hold the small stones together, hence the name tar

macadam, or tarmac for short. Nowadays, as the binding agent for the aggregates is bitumen, a by-

product of the oil refining process, rather than tar, it is known as bitumen macadam, shortened in

the trade to bitmac

Tarmac driveways are the cheapest option for a permanent driveway. Tarmac or Bitmac is a cheap, flexible medium made up of rock, shale and asphalt cement. Since some of its ingredients are extracted from crude oil, tarmac and asphalt are very dark. Some contractors will mix the asphalt with a polymer dye for a more pleasing appearance. Generally these driveways last about 15 years.
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Bitmac or Tarmac?

The   

name   

tarmac   

was   

original   

derived   

from   

John   

MacAdam,   

who

developed  

the  

process  

in  

the  

West.  

He

used    

tar,    

which    

can    

be    

found

naturally,  

to  

hold  

the  

small  

stones

together,     

hence     

the     

name     

tar

macadam,    

or    

tarmac    

for    

short.

Nowadays,  

as  

the  

binding  

agent  

for

the   

aggregates   

is   

bitumen,   

a   

by-

product  

of  

the  

oil  

refining  

process,

rather  

than  

tar,  

it  

is  

known  

as  

bitumen

macadam, shortened in the trade to bitmac

Tarmac  

is  

generally  

considered  

to  

be  

the  

cheapest  

method  

of  

laying  

a

hard  

surface.  

But  

it's  

a  

time-consuming  

job  

which  

requires  

specialist

tools,    

machinery    

and,    

not    

least,

knowledge.  

This  

means  

that  

it  

only

becomes     

the     

cheapest     

method

once    

the    

driveway    

is    

up    

to    

a

suitable  

size,  

where  

the  

economies

of scale kick in.

Once    

laid    

Tarmac    

driveways    

can

look  

very  

pretty  

and  

can  

last  

you  

years

with  

less  

maintance.  

The  

most  

popular  

standard  

colours  

are  

black  

or

red tarmac but there are also other coloyurs availbale too.

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