Tarmac and resin have consistently been popular choices for driveway surfaces, but there’s still the question; ‘Which one is the right option for me?’
For many years now, tarmac has solidified its reputation as a reliable surfacing material through its performance on roads and large commercial car parks.
Resin driveways have also risen to popularity in the past few years, as the surface has demonstrated suitability for both domestic and commercial needs.
It’s time to put tarmac and resin to the test and see which surface comes out on top and provides the reassurance that your driveway will last for years to come.
Whilst tarmac can withstand daily use and the weight and pressure of cars, it is not as durable as it once was. The tarmac used today is often made from poorer quality materials and is therefore more prone to weathering and cracks. It’s likely that you’ve also noticed that tarmac melts when the weather warms up in the summer, not holding up very well when we have a heatwave. On the other hand, resin bound surfaces have strong bonds which enable it to withstand these weathers and temperatures.
Tarmac and resin are comparable in terms of cost. However, one of the main benefits of choosing resin bound is that it can often be installed straight onto solid surfaces, saving money on groundworks which are frequently needed when laying tarmac.
In addition to this, tarmac also tends to be less cost effective, requiring further works after installation due to weathering and cracks. In comparison, resin is incredibly low maintenance and with a 20-year guarantee, it provides the assurance that you won’t have any surprise added costs, overall providing better value for money.
We’ve all felt hot tarmac on the bottom of our feet whilst running or walking in the summer months. As mentioned above, tarmac doesn’t perform well in hotter temperatures. Not only does it melt when it gets too warm, but it becomes very hot to touch, making it unsuitable for those with pets and young children. In addition to this, tarmac is also affected by oil leakages from cars as it dissolves the tarmac, creating a hole and loose stones. Resin bound is oil resistant and therefore a suitable choice for a driveway surface.
As a porous surface, resin bound eliminates puddles and surface water, therefore providing a practical surface that requires little maintenance.
Resin driveways provide you with an anti-slip surface as they are installed with a smooth finish and no loose chippings (and are SUDS compliant). Whilst tarmac is a sturdy surface and can withstand strong forces of pressure, over time the bonds can weaken and create loose stones.
One of the great features of resin bound is that it comes with a wide range of colour options to match your needs. You can create a new driveway with bespoke patterns and borders to create character and style to match the aesthetic of your property. However, tarmac does not offer the same stylish finish with limited colour options.