Block Paving vs Tarmac


While there is some debate over whether using block paving or tarmac is the best for your new driveway, we can discuss some key points of both below.

When considering tarmac for a driveway, the laying down of this material is cheaper than block paving and easier to install. Compared to the labor that workers will have to put in, to perfectly place every block, as well as the sand that holds each brick together. You should expect far less installation time for a tarmac driveway.

  • Is Tarmac Easier To Clean?

A block paved driveway may require some cleaning with soap and water when harsh chemicals like transmission fluid or engine oil leaking from a car, the sand between block can absorbs this. While tarmac, a decent material for a driveway, that can be easily cleaned with a pressure washer can still have issues with motor oils because is cannot absorb this substance that leaks from an engine.


  • Absorption With Block Paving

Block paved driveways absorb a lot of liquids due to the sand that is carefully inserted between each block. The good news with this type of paving is a similar style of block, although discolored slightly, it can still keep the overall look and of the driveway intact.

Here are some extra points that make block pavement ideal:

Spaces between specific blocks can be refilled with new sand
The usefulness and structural integrity of the driveway remains intact over time.
Better materials for the environment compared to the black, oil-based substance known as tarmac.

Unlike block paved driveways, tarmac can be at risk of having a large, sharp object drop on this surface, piercing it. While a tarmac driveway can be prone to holes and dents making the surface uneven, the upside with patching tarmac is that it a common occurrence.

  • The Downsides Of Choosing Tarmac

One of the big downsides to having a tarmac driveway is that filling the cracks with a hot patch can leave a discoloration on the driveway because of this newer, chemical patching. It is not aesthetically pleasing and may be time-consuming to suss out every small crack or crevice found in a tarmac driveway.

However, if these small cracks in the tarmac driveway are discovered before they become large obstacles for drivers to keep from damaging their wheels or rims, it can be less costly for the homeowner or landlord over time.

  • Why Is Block Paving More Beneficial Compared To Tarmac?

Regarding block paving, it is a beneficial choice for many reasons. One of them would be its durability. Having vehicles that can drive and park on it without causing any issues to the undercarriage of a car is the key.

Block paving can also refill spaces over time that could recede with new sand or other material. Unlike tarmac, which can have small or large holes appear due to water getting into small cracks, which then expand to form worrisome gashes, block paving is known for holding up well in all climates with no worry about gaping holes.

With block paving, the ability of your driveway to stand out based on the pattern of the blocks that are laid down in the back garden has a way to increase the potential value of the house.

When it comes to a final say in the block paving vs tarmac debate, having hundreds of rich-colored blocks are better in many subtle ways compared to the tarmac. For one, block paving provides a choice of colors and a style that brings out the best in your property, while tarmac is a black tone that absorbs excessive heat.

As block paving specialists our approach to making your next home improvement stand out is our main aim and that's why many people choose Majestic Block Paving.