Tarmacing A Drive | Make Your Driveway Work For You

If you do not have enough space for your cars or your driveway is becoming rugged and unsightly, you might be thinking about tarmacing a drive in front of the property. Tarmac driveways are an ideal way to have an efficient, fit-for-purpose drive. However, there are things to consider when tarmacing a drive. Going to a professional company such as RM Kennedy & Sons will mean that they carry out the necessary work. However, you should know the process yourself before going down the route of tarmacing a drive.

Dropped Kerb

In order to drive over the footpath into your driveway, you must have a dropped kerb. It is against the law otherwise. The dropped kerb should cover the width of your driveway entrance. Even if it wasn’t against the law, it would still be recommended as driving over a full height curb could damage your tyres and would make the process harder. If you already have a driveway in place then you do not need to worry. However just make sure to check before making the changes.

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Planning Permission

You will need to consider whether you will need planning permission when tarmacing a drive. If you are covering an area of more than five metres squared, then you will need to request permission (if the surface is impermeable.

You don’t need planning permission if the drive is made using porous materials like gravel, permeable concrete or porous asphalt/tarmac. This is provided surface water can drain away.


A tarmac drivewa6y should last between 15 and 30 years depending on the quality of the workmanship and materials used. If you take care of the tarmac it will last longer and will not need to be re-laid as soon. To take care of the driveway make sure to clean it every six months, with a brush and hose. Any cracks or holes in the tarmac should be repaired immediately to prevent further damage.

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Tarmacing A Drive: How It’s Done

A company such as RM Kennedy & Sons will be aware of all of the above considerations. They are very experienced in tarmacing a drive whether it is domestic or commercial. They even provide free estimates so you know exactly what you are getting for your money.

It is worth noting that they will install any driveways during the summer. This is because tarmacing a drive requires good, dry weather to allow it to dry and solidify.