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Tar and Stone

If you are looking to create or revive an existing driveway, pavement, road or playground, tar and stone could be the right solution for you.

Tar and stone is extremely cost effective, especially if you have a large area to cover and it can make your budget go much further.

The surface dressing can be either natural gravel or granite and can range from 3mm – 14mm in diameter. It is laid over a covering of hot tar before being compacted in with a roller. It can be set with edgings of your choice to give a stylish end look, depending on your requirement.

Tar and stone gives good traction and tread, which is perfect in wet weather and snow, especially for those with limited or challenged mobility. It works brilliantly in rural settings too, perfect for farm tracks and car parks and can be laid over existing materials in most cases.

There are variations of tar and stone hardcore materials that can be used – crushed granite chipping, surface dressing, spray and shingle or crushed tarmac, which we are happy to advise and quote for as follows:

Surface dressing

Surface dressing is the most cost-effective way of restoring a road surface and can be a preferred choice for councils when maintaining good road repair. Surface dressing will not address structural issues or repair major potholes, but compared to a full re-structuring, a surface dressing can be very cost effective.

Surface dressing extends the life of a road by sealing the surface, preventing the embrittlement of traditional road tarmac. Surface dressing ensures that roads are protected from frost, cold temperatures and water damage. The sealant ensures roads are waterproof, and the stone chippings give significant skid resistance to help ensure motorist safety. Roads are treated typically from Spring through to Autumn.

Spray and shingle

With spray and shingle, hot liquid tar is sprayed over the ground-work foundation, before stone shingle is then overlaid before being rolled to set. Differing coloured stone can be used to give an eye-pleasing finish, that is not only a good choice when working on a budget, but is also durable and easy to maintain.

More cost effective than using traditional paving or tarmac, hot tar and shingle surfacing is suitable for homeowner driveways, public walkways as well as commercial car parks.

Crushed tarmac

Crushed tarmac is a good aggregate for road and track surfacing, it is a cost-effective option, and a more sustainable one too, it is comprised of recycled material. It can be used as a base for driveways and pathways and is especially good for use on gateways and posts used for horses and livestock.

JDMA has solid experience in laying crushed tarmac for both commercial and public use as well as for our agricultural customers around Norfolk and Suffolk.

Some examples of JDMA tar and stone related projects are pictured below:

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For a free site visit and no-obligation quotation please contact us:

 01986 469 014

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