When it comes to choosing between asphalt vs tarmac a lot of people struggle to make a decision. Both tarmac and asphalt are commonly used for the surfaces of paved roads, driveways, and often more importantly the footpaths. For many people, asphalt is used for the driveways more often than the tarmac. However, both of these materials have their own benefits and disadvantages that should be weighed up before making a final decision. It is also important to note that driving on concrete can be dangerous due to the heavyweight of the vehicle.


Asphalt is the more commonly chosen material for paved driveways due to its low cost and long life when used properly. However, even if asphalt paving is used on a paved road, there is always the risk of it getting damaged by vehicles driving over it, the weather and the general carelessness of drivers. Another disadvantage of asphalt paving is that it can get very slippery when wet or very cold and rain or snowfall can completely ruin the surface. Tarmac on the other hand is much sturdier and has excellent grip, however, this is not a problem for cars and driving on a tarmac does require a certain amount of skill and finesse when bad weather.


As you can see, asphalt vs tarmac has its pros and cons and in the end, the choice really depends on your needs and your budget. Tarmac is usually preferred for smaller car parks and other less busy residential areas. If you have a larger car park then asphalt driveways will be a better option as they are more durable and resistant to water and ice damage. So, whichever one you choose for your driveway or other car parking area, make sure you do your research and take into account the weather in your area and the type of car you are driving. Contacting an asphalt contractor is another option, as he will be able to make a roper suggestion based on your requirements and the circumstances.