About Tarmacadam

The material of tarmacadam consists of tar and broken stone and naturally is a dark coloured, bituminous material that can be laid on almost any surface with the right preparation.

When compressed the broken stones are held together by the tar giving the look and finish of a long lasting and highly durable tarmacadam surface.


Preparing the ground work


Finished product - complete with kerb edgings, new drain cover

The Process

The tarmacadam mixture is laid while hot and viscous, levelled and compacted, and then allowed to cool so that it binds to form a solid, hard-wearing surface.

Wherever possible, tarmacadam driveways should be laid using a paving machine as this ensures the best compression and therefore finish.  Although, sometimes it is not possible to use a machine in areas such as small garden paths, but your contractor will use alternative methods to get the best results.






Tarmacadam is a versatile material and is available in the traditional black or red colour.



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Cost-effective – less construction time and materials to reduce the stretch on your budget.

Faster construction time and less disruption to the road or pathway users.

An alternative to the use of geo-textiles.

A more sustainable option through thinner pavement design.

Can avoid the need for full depth reconstruction – not an option with block as it needs a full depth bedding layer.

Low voids reducing potential for water damage and improved durability – a common failing with block based products.

Is more resilient to deformation in poorly designed heavily trafficked areas

Cost comparative: Long-lasting, durable, and economic alternative to concrete products and blocks

For residential and lightly trafficked areas tarmac is a durable coloured alternative to traditional asphalt.  It is a direct alternative for block paving systems


Removed the lawn, weeds and dug out the area to the left and also the pathway leading to the door and the path at the side of the garage leading through to the garden.

Levelled, laid hard core, compact the area.

Laid sharp sand, compact and levelled.

Laid a weed free membrane.



After all the stages of preparation, we laid a kerb edge and gravel to the left.

Laid a tarmac driveway extending it to the door way and a tarmac path at the side of the garage.


F and D Marshall are experienced hard surface cleaners trained in the upkeep and maintenance of tarmacadam in domestic driveways.
If you have an existing tarmacadam driveway in need of a freshen up, don't hesitate to contact us.

Tarmac driveways are very versatile, once F and D Marshall Ltd. have dug out and laid the most important base layer to your drive, it is able to be used in all types of gradients, levels widths and shapes.

Tarmac is the most low maintenance drive you can install. Once down can last for years without the need to weed, seal or re-sand. Time and weather will enhance the driveway as it becomes part of your home, whilst offering and solid ground base for cars, patios etc.


Repairs/replacement become simple and cost effective (if on the right base layer) and as general wear and tear hard surface ensuring you can repair simply is always important.

Tarmac driveway in need of cleaning - dirt, debris and moss growth spoiling the surface