Some of your most common questions answered.

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Do you require a deposit?

No deposit is required. We will only ask for payment once our client is 100% satisfied with our work.

Do you charge for a quotation?

Whilst other driveway companies may charge for quotations, we do not. We offer free quotations valid for 30 days.

How long will it take to lay a new driveway?

f the weather remains dry and you have a fairly typical sized driveway, it will usually take no more than a week! However, if there is rain, the driveway is particularly large or the ground presents challenges then it could take longer. We will always keep you informed regarding any impact on the anticipated completion date.

What guarantees do you offer?

We offer a 10 year workmanship guarantee. So in the unlikely event that a problem occurs with your driveway or patio as a result of our workmanship, we will rectify the matter at no expense to the customer.

How much does a Tarmac Drive cost?

Tarmac uses materials from the oil industry. The cost, therefore of this material will change based on current oil prices. The price will also depend on the number of tarmac layers i.e. laying over an existing base or a new base foundation, the expanse of driveway to be laid and the type of finish you require such as curbing and sealants.

Will my driveway be free from weeds?

All new driveways are treated before hand to weed killer. If done correctly by a reputable firm, this should keep your driveway free of any weeds for years. However, some contractors do not treat effectively for weeds, at the time of laying the sub base, therefore weeds can and do occur. Our guarantee is your peace of mind, knowing your driveway will have been laid to a high standard.

How long before I can use my driveway once it's laid?

For tarmac and concrete, you should leave it at least 24hrs and more if the weather is particularly warm. This is to allow the drive to solidify and harden properly. With blocks, usually we recommend waiting 24hrs to allow settling, but this is a guide, more than a rule.

Can you repair pot holes or damage to my drive?

Damage can be repaired in some cases, for example, if something has accidentally dug in and ripped into the tarmac. Or if the surface has started to become graveled. If you have small sink holes or raised areas, this is a sign that your driveway contractor did not compact or treat the ground properly. In these cases a repair may be possible but it will leave your driveway with a patch and the area to be repaired will have to be larger than the problem area itself, to allow for proper compacting and binding. Our advice would always be to replace a driveway that has ripples, sink holes or lumps in.

Can tarmac be laid on my existing drive?

Yes, assuming the existing drive is free from damage and has not sunk or have raised areas. Our advice would always be to lay the driveway on fresh, properly excavated and treated hardcore. That way your drive should last longer with no movement.

Will I need to clean my driveway?

For tarmac, you can clean it, but you should avoid using high powered pressure washer as these can eat away at the resin that binds the stones. Ideally, wash with a driveway cleaning agent, some warm water and a soft outdoor brush. Then lightly hose down to wash the detergent away. For block paving, it's a similar process, however you can use a pressure washer. We would also recommend you periodically using weedkiller and then brushing a fresh fine sand over the driveway into the blocks to further prevent the risk of weed growth.

What payment methods do you accept?

We are happy to accept most payment methods such as cash, to electronic payments. We don't operate card machines so usually we ask for a BACs or electronic transfer.

What maintenance will I need to do on my drive?

Nothing in life is totally maintenance free but as far as paving is concerned our pattern imprinted concrete is as close as it gets. The colour hardeners dramatically reduce the effects of wear through usage. The solvent based acrylic lacquer does not allow the growth of moss or algae and it also prevents the ingress of dirt and stains. It can be power washed if extremely dirty however the occasional sweep off or rinse with a detergent is the most it will require. The key to keeping your stamped concrete in good condition is to get it cleaned and resealed occasionally. The frequency of this depends mainly on the type of use it gets but as an average anywhere between 4 and 10 years is the norm for a pattern imprinted concrete driveway.

Do I need planning permission for my driveway?

As a rule you shouldn't need planning permission for replacing or creating a driveway. There are however, regulations in place that require any surface water from rain or washing, to be contained on the owners property. This is easily covered by ensuring that there is sufficient soak away, run off or drainage to allow for this.

Is there a choice of patterns for my concrete driveway?

Yes, we have various pattern stamps for concrete so you can choose. We also have the ability to acquire more pattern stamps if you want something we don't have in stock.