Tarmac is made up of broken stone and tar, mixed and shaped during the process of laying it out on an area such as a driveway. During that process, it is evenly brushed then pressed down heavily by a steam roller or a similar machine.

Tarmac is a popular paving material as it is flexible, relatively inexpensive and requires very few techniques. Unfortunately, it is very utilitarian and quite uninteresting. However, if you are not too concerned about the aesthetics of your driveway, then tarmac would be a good choice of surfacing material

Why Tarmacadam?

Although tarmac is a popular material, it may not necessarily suit your needs. This is especially so if you like to tinker with cars or motorcycles on your driveway. Diesel or petrol spills, even splashes of engine oil or other solvents like paint thinner, may damage the tarmac. It will eat through the lower layers, once it had broken down the hardened top surface. Once this happens, the hole on your tarmac will only become larger and more unsightly as time and traffic will loosen the stones further. This damage is irreversible and can only be amended by patching, which is not attractive either as it will stick out like a sore thumb on your drive.


Before considering a new asphalt or Tarmac surface we recommended contacting us for a friendly no obligation site survey where one of the team can advise you on the correct products and specifications to meet your requirements. With any Asphalt or Tarmac surfacing project it is vital to use the correct materials, poor surface preparation together with the wrong specified materials can be detrimental to the aesthetics & life span of your new surface costing you money, time and stress by Partnering with JPM landscape builders you will alleviate these common issues with the assurance we offer the very best workmanship combined with the best quality materials

There are a number of layers involved in laying out tarmac for your driveway.

Much like your house, your driveway will also need a foundation. The contractor will need to excavate the area where you want your driveway to be, which will be between 16 to 18 centimetres. A crushed hardcore sub-base will then be laid and pressed down by a road roller. Concrete blocks, decorative stone or Edging kerbstones are placed on the side edges of the driveway, to keep the tarmac from sprawling out on its own.

The tarmac will be laid down in two layers. The first layer is the base, while the second one is the "wearing" course. The base layer uses a larger aggregate grade and will need to be delivered in a heated truck. As the base layer is laid out, large and sturdy rakes will be used to spread the material out throughout the driveway. The roller is then used again to press the tarmac down.


Our dedicated team of highly skilled and experienced tarmac contractors work across London and the surrounding areas, undertaking tarmacing projects for a range of purposes and environments. Whatever your individual requirements, from resurfacing roads and driveways to creating coloured tennis courts, we will have the ideal solution and our range of materials and equipment ensures the highest possible quality result that is guaranteed to remain smooth, even and durable for years to come.


Moss Grouth

In damp or heavily shaded areas of driveways, walkways etc moss growth can take hold surprisingly quickly to help protect your new surface moss growth should be treated early before it takes hold. Treat affected areas with a suitable moss / algae killer as soon as possible.


Long lasting
Strong and durable
Weather resistant
Easy to repair
Very quick to lay