What is an Alternative to Tarmac?

Posted on: July 23, 2022

Tarmac is a popular surfacing material made of crushed stones and tar. It is usually chosen for large areas because it is cheaper than comparable alternatives. It is most often used for roads as it is a durable and hard-wearing surface with good grip in most weather conditions. Tarmac surfaces are especially useful for people who use prams and wheelchairs. These surfaces can be made slick and smooth to make walking easier.


If you’re looking for an attractive surfacing solution, Bituchem has a wide range of coloured surfacing products. For example, its coloured surfacing can improve the approach to your property by giving it a more appealing appearance. Traditional tarmac driveways tend to be dull and harsh. Alternatively, you could choose a colour that complements the architecture of your home. In fact, many people prefer a coloured driveway over a plain one.

Natratex is Bituchem’s flagship hard landscaping product, and was specified by Dorset County Council for a new primary school in Blandford, Dorset. It was used in the pedestrian areas around the school’s main entrance, reception areas, vehicle driveway and running surface in the car park. Despite its modern aesthetics, it has a number of safety benefits. The school’s new playground is a fusion of modern aesthetics and functional safety benefits.

Despite its unique appearance, Bituchem is also a cost-effective alternative to tarmac. Its Natratex Cotswold product is inspired by Cotswold stone. This stone-like finish complements the surrounding architecture. It’s also durable, and the company’s flagship product is a stunning alternative to standard black tarmac. This product is easy to apply, and has the same high performance as tarmac.

Coloured asphalt

A wide variety of colours are available in coloured asphalt. They are suitable for parking spaces, footpaths, and driveways. They can even be used for parks and public areas. They can be made from recycled materials, such as rubbertyres. They can be coloured to complement surrounding landscaping. However, they are not as durable as tarmac. For this reason, some people find them unsuitable.

ULTICOLOUR coloured asphalts are BBA HAPAS accredited. These materials are available as hot rolled asphalt, stone mastic asphalt, and coloured pre-coated chippings. Accredited contractors have undergone rigorous training and monitoring to meet the standards required for ULTICOLOUR. These materials are available only to approved contractors. You should hire accredited contractors. They can provide you with the necessary guidance and technical support to make the right choice for your project.

A new driveway will not only improve the appearance of your property but also your budget. You can opt for a bright, bold, or subtle colour, which complements your property’s exterior. Although tarmac can be a great option for black driveways, most homeowners prefer complementary colours. Moreover, tarmac is subject to oxidisation and weathering, which makes it less desirable for outdoor applications.

Resin bound gravel

If you want a durable, low maintenance surface, but don’t want to commit to tarmac, consider installing resin-bound gravel. This surfacing material is a blend of recycled and natural aggregates, which create a highly permeable surface that resists cracking. Despite its higher price, this surface is much easier to install and maintain than tarmac. It can be used on a wide range of surfaces, including driveways and pathways.

Installing a resin-bound gravel driveway is surprisingly easy and inexpensive, costing around PS40 to PS70 per square metre. It can be installed onto an existing sub-base, and is a third faster than tarmac. You can complete the job within a week. The downside to resin-bound gravel, however, is that there are no official standards or legal regulations governing the quality of the finished product.

The price of installing resin-bound gravel is dependent on the quantity of aggregate used. Since each aggregate is different, the installer must first prepare the area for resin-bound gravel installation. Typically, this means excavating the area to be covered and building a structural base. In some cases, the installer will need to apply a primer before they begin laying down the resin-bound gravel. Then, they will grind the surface, and if needed, they will apply a tarmac-like primer.