Cost of Tarmacing a Driveway
Tarmacing your driveway can greatly improve the appearance. Consider these costs before starting this project.
Tarmacing a driveway will not only help improve the appearance but also help eliminate toll to your vehicle. If your driveway is damaged, or has seen better days, this is a quick fix to the problem. In addition to adding depth, and improving the appearance, it will also help lessen the pressure and traction your tyres are feeling, each time you pull up to the driveway.
When it comes to performing this task, it is not only you should undertake on your own. In fact, it is not a small DIY Project, even if your driveway is only about 5-10 metres in size. You don't have the equipment, resources, or knowledge of these projects; therefore, hiring a licensed specialist or a trades-person, is your best option when performing this work to the driveway.
It is important to choose the right material finish, sealant, and properly level the flooring, while allowing it to fully dry, prior to putting vehicles or any weight for that matter onto the driveway. So, let's take a look at what this job entails, costs, and why you should forego the weekend DIY project, and hire a licensed specialist instead.
Cost Of Tarmacing A Driveway
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|25 Square Metre||2-3 Days||£825||£675|
|50 Square Metre||4-5 Days||£1650||£1350|
|75 Square Metre||6-7 Days||£2475||£2025|
|100 Square Metre||1-2 Weeks||£3300||£2700|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Things to consider when tarmaccing the driveway.
Again, this isn’t a small project just anyone can do. It involves use of commercial pourers, mixers, and other heavy-duty tools, when tarmacing the driveway. So, before you even hire a contractor, you want to compare costs of equipment, and labour cost/per day, when choosing a specialist for the job.
Once you’ve decided upon who to hire, and where to rent equipment from, you have to consider the expertise of the labourers. Do they have experience with rounded driveways? Are they knowledgeable about sealing, plastering, and leveling? Do they know how to properly pour and level the ground? The more questions you ask, the more likely it is you will hire the best, and will be pleased with the outcome of the work.
You should consider duration of the project as well. It is going to take at least 1-2 days, even for a small driveway. But, if you do detail work, custom work, or have a larger driveway, this can extend to 1-2 weeks. So, make sure you know how long you have to remain off the driveway, so you can properly allocate and set aside a location to park the cars.
Consider the setbacks. They often occur, and you should always plan accordingly for them. No, you can’t determine what they will be or when they will happen. But, you can always set aside some extra funds, or time, in the event something does go wrong when tarmacing the driveway.
Doing it Yourself
This is not a DIY project for most homeowners. The simple fact that commercial equipment is being rented and used, makes it difficult to complete this project. Therefore, it is in your best interest, to hire licensed specialists to perform the project.
It is also important to consider the size of the space. Your driveway might be 10 metres in size, or it might be 100 metres. This is going to dictate the duration of the project, as well as the costs. So, keep this in mind when you compare quotes, and compare the cost of labour, for the contractor or specialist you choose to hire for this project.
If you plan on hiring a specialist, there are some things you can do before hand, to help keep costs down. For example, clear the space, purchase the cement and equipment, and go out and compare rental equipment on your own. All of these tasks will allow you to save some money, hire the best team, and achieve the desired results, when undertaking this project outside of your home.
Hiring Specialists To Tarmac A Driveway
- Consider cost of supplies, equipment, cement, and labour.
- Set aside sufficient time for laying down, leveling, drying, and detail work.
- Make sure you set aside a sufficient budget for this project, and account for possible setbacks in the completion date.
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Hi, I live in Maryhill Swansea. I have a driveway that will hold 3 cars the base has concrete on one side of a path and space for 2 cars the side with chippings under them.
Submitted by Peter
Driveway Area 148 square meters currently a gravel driveway.
Submitted by Angela
Roughly a currently gravelled area measuring about 25 square metres in Exeter. Need a quote for tarmac or resin.
Submitted by Corinne
Red tarmac on 100 square feet. Please provide a quote.
Submitted by Geoffrey
Approximately 72 meters squared of tarmac to be installed. The area is already stoned up with a depth of 100 mm left for tarmac surface.