A Concrete vs Tarmac Driveway: Which is Right for You?

Driveway resurfacing is nothing new and is often borne out of necessity. Any surface that sees regular vehicle traffic will begin to degrade over a period of time, as the stress that it is put through begins to cause the surface to deform and wear away.

So, the choice we’re faced with is the type of material we next choose to resurface our driveways with. There are several contenders but we’re going to focus on two of the most popular; concrete and tarmac, also known as asphalt.

Tarmac Road Surfaces

You will have noticed that tarmac is the most common choice for constructing road surfaces with. The advantageous properties of tarmac are numerous and include;

  • The ability to lay it quickly
  • Its ability to withstand significant volumes of vehicle traffic.
  • Its low noise omissions which make driving on it pleasant.

Despite its uniform appearance, it also looks relatively attractively when freshly laid and takes well to being painted with road markings. Unfortunately, large sections of well laid tarmac are very expensive with more economical options often preferred.

Concrete Road Surfaces

Sometimes you will find that concrete has been used in certain sections of road construction, usually on bridges and in out of town areas. Concrete is very durable and makes a great alternative to tarmac.

  • Concrete can be poured in large sections at a time, making road construction relatively time efficient.
  • Concrete is even more durable than tarmac, making it perfect for heavy vehicle traffic which has the ability to damage softer surfaces.
  • Unfortunately, concrete is usually quite loud to drive on as it isn’t as absorbing as tarmac.

Large sections of concrete are often much cheaper than the same area of tarmac would cost. For this reason, concrete is sometimes the preferred solution.

Your Driveway

Your home driveway doesn’t have to stand up to the same level of abuse that your average road does making the choice much easier. Either option makes a great choice for most homeowners, with cost and aesthetics playing a large role in the decision.

  • If your driveway is small and will require significant amounts of steering input over a small area, we would recommend concrete.
  • This is because it isn’t prone to being churned up by rotating forces in the same way that tarmac is.
  • Both options can have slot or channel drains installed into them making surface water issues a thing of the past.

Find a Suitable Concrete Supplier

If cost efficiency is your number one priority, look no further than plain concrete. If you’re based in Australia, plain concrete in Melbourne and the surrounding areas is readily available. We would suggest that you approach several suppliers who specialise in driveways for a quotation. You will often find that costs vary substantially so we would suggest that you shop around to ensure value for money.

A new driveway will improve the appearance of your home and may even increase its value. If your current driveway is past its best, it might be time for an upgrade.

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