Summary of Asphalt vs Bitmac
So, what is the difference between Tarmac, Asphalt and Bitmac? Bitmac (containing bitumen instead of tar) is now more commonly used than tarmacadam. It is cheaper than Asphalt, but not as hard-wearing with a 10-15 year lifespan. It is more suited as a bottom coat in commercial surfacing, or can be used in areas with lower traffic volume, such as residential driveways.
Asphalt will last 25-30 years. It is more expensive but also more durable than bitmac and is therefore suited to commercial surfacing jobs such as roads and car parks, and it can also be used for residential properties.
Q: How much does Asphalt/Bitmac cost?
A: Asphalt is more expensive than Bitmac. Final cost depends on a number of factors, such as the area that is being surfaced, the finish of the Asphalt required, delivery distance, etc. Click here to get a quote.
Q: Do you sell surfacing products in bags for smaller jobs?
A: FP McCann’s Easi-Repair™ Cold Lay Tar can be purchased in 25kg bags, tonne bags or in loose bulk. It is a temporary surfacing solution, suitable for driveways, potholes, etc.
Q: What is the best product to surface my driveway with?
A: FP McCann offers a number of residential surfacing solutions. Bitmac is a more cost-effective option for driveways than Asphalt, however, Asphalt is a more durable option and comes in a number of aesthetic finishes, such as red chip and black chip.
Q: How long before I can drive on my driveway after it’s been tarmacked or surfaced?
A: Allow at least 72 hours before driving on newly laid Asphalt, Tarmac or Bitmac. If the weather is hot, allow a longer period for the blacktop to completely cool. It is also advised not to park on a newly surfaced drive for around 14 days.
Q: Does FP McCann hold any industry-recognised surfacing accreditations?
A: Yes, find out about our surfacing accreditations here.
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