Did you know that alongside the installation work we take on as the Godalming area’s favoured landscape company, we also help maintain everything from block paving patios to tarmac drives? For example, by offering power washing which dislodges stubborn dirt and grime that has accumulated over months, or even years of use. But there are certain ways which you, the client, can ensure that the new addition to your property holds up.
In this article, our highly experienced team of driveway contractors have specifically looked at the maintenance of tarmac drives. If you’re more interested in speaking with an Andrew James paving contractor to discuss one of the other services listed across our website, then this might not be very relevant! So pick up the phone and call us directly on 01428 481 996 or 07876 750 331. We’re well known throughout Godalming and all surrounding Surrey locales for our commitment to quality workmanship, and a competitive approach to pricing.
First of all, it’s worth mentioning that while tarmac drives are known for not being as long-lasting as block paving installations, they can in fact last a very long time when well looked after; especially when installed by a skilled paving contractor / landscape company like Andrew James Driveways in Godalming. But immediately after it has been installed, it pays to have a minimum of traffic upon the drive for 3-5 days. While tarmac does cure quickly, it’s not just the surface that needs to set, but the tarmac underneath it as well. After this period, the drive should be well set and able to deal with higher usage.
Another key tip is to monitor your drive during the extended periods of hot weather which occasionally roll through Godalming. Tarmac can get very hot over time and become softer. This reduces the ability of tarmac drives to deal with heavy weights and high usage (as driveway contractors, we occasionally come across poorly installed tarmac drives that have been damaged due to this problem). Simply remember to give your driveway a hose down after an unusually hot day, to keep it nice and hard. Note: this is not required of block paving drives!
Finally, consider having a sealant added to better protect tarmac drives against drips and spills, as well as general wear and toxic fumes from vehicle exhausts. Ask your chosen landscape company or paving contractor for advice in this area. Andrew James Driveways, for example, has a few different options available to Godalming clients. If you’re now more interested in block paving driveways having read this, we’re sorry! But please note that block paving, too, has certain vulnerabilities and requires certain care and maintenance which we will look to address in a separate, dedicated article.