Whether you know it as tarmac, blacktop, bitmac or asphaltic concrete, this simple form of surfacing covers millions of miles of roads throughput the world and is a popular choice for footpaths, car parks and tennis courts. Even given all the choices we have nowadays for driveways, it remains a popular option, but it’s most definitely not for DIY! Find out why in this section.
Tarmacadam, Bitmac and Asphalt
This page acts as the main link page for all the pages dealing with bituminous macadam, also known as bitmac, tarmacadam or the brand name Tarmac®™. We start with a general overview of the use of tarmacadam/bitmac in Britain and Ireland.
Tarmacadam, Bitmac and Asphalt - Construction Layers
This page looks at the main layers that comprise a well-constructed bitmac pavement, the options within each layer, and how they are put together to form a long-lasting surface with many potential uses.
Laying Tarmacadam Drives and Paths
This page looks at the methods and materials used when constructing tarmacadam (bitmac) footpaths and driveways.