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Bitmac and asphalt surfacing

R S Contracts in Newtownards are the company to trust to install your bitmac or asphalt surface.

The experts in surfacing

A new driveway or car park is an investment, and with different surfaces to choose from, it’s important to know which one would be the best for you. We can help.

What is the difference between Bitmac and Tarmac®?

Bitmac is very similar to Tarmac® which is made by using tar to bond together crushed stone particles. Bitmac’s main difference lies in the fact that it uses bitumen, rather than tar, to bond the aggregates together. Bitmac isn’t as hard-wearing as asphalt, as it lasts approximately 10 to 15 years rather than 25 to 30 years. However, a residential driveway will experience a lot less wear and tear than a car park or public road.

Worker use vibratory plate compactor on asphalt

The benefits of bitmac

Bitmac is far less prone to damage due to fuel leaks, and is more durable than some other products. Its bitumen bonding agent is more flexible than tar, and is better at weathering the elements. Bitmac is also better for the environment, as bitumen is a naturally occurring substance, whereas tar is extracted from wood, peat or petroleum. A bitmac or asphalt drive can also be taken up and reused elsewhere, but a Tarmac® drive cannot.

Great team

We are delighted with the transformation of our driveway. A great team overseen by Raymond himself. It has been much admired and I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone.

Elaine Somers

Workers spreading asphalt with shovels

The benefits of asphalt

Asphalt is more hard-wearing than bitmac or Tarmac®, and over a larger area is also the most cost-effective. If you have a car park or driveway that will experience a high amount of traffic, then asphalt, with its higher density of aggregate, may be the answer. If you have a business, then a tatty driveway or car park may impact negatively on customer perception and could be dangerous, leading to potential litigation for trips, falls and damage to vehicles.

Bitmac work
Background of freshly put asphalt on road

Do you need advice on the best surface for your car park or driveway?

Contact the experts at R S Contracts in Newtownards. We also offer fencing services. Call 028 9181 3610

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