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Tarmacadam Contractors

Road Surfacing and Car Park Surfacing

Commercial surfacing is one of our particular field of expertise, and we can offer excellent cost effective solutions for all car park and retail surfacing repairs. We offer a comprehensive range of services within the commercial sector, including patch repairs, complete resurfacing, new construction, kerb repairs, drainage, footpaths, line marking and joint repairs. Regardless of size we are completely committed to offering superb quality workmanship and value for money in all retail applications.


From small business to large-scale supermarkets and retail parks, we work with other professionals and trades to deliver superb quality results on time and in budget.




Tarmacadam, properly referred to as bituminous macadam or “Bitmac” for brevity, is often though to be the cheapest method of surfacing a driveway or forecourt. Tarmacadam has become a popular, although technically incorrect, term for both bitumen and for asphalt used to surface pavements, highways and even internal floors.




Bitumen is a product of the oil-refining and metro-chemical industries. Very basically, it is the thick, sticky, residual goo that's left over when all the useful fuel oils, such as kerosene, petrol, diesel, etc. have been extracted by fractional distillation of a crude oil.


Macadam is a process binding together smaller aggregate as pioneered by the legendary Jon MacAdam in the 19th century (although there are tales of the Chinese having used a form of “macadam” back as far ad 3000BC). His work resulted in the development of tar-based macadam’s, which became abbreviated to Tar-mac. Nowadays, we use bitumen from the oil industry rather than naturally occurring tar, and therefore we now have bitumen macadam.


Asphalt, according to British and European (CEN) definitions, is a mixture of bitumen and minerals. However, in the US, they use the term “asphalt” for what we in Britain and the rest of Europe refer to as Bitumen. This is the source of much of the confusion amongst non-trade professionals as to what’s what and what’s not.



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