Frequently Asked Questions

Over the course of the day we do get asked a lot of questions in regards to asphalt, the application of asphalt and general care and maintenance questions.

Due to these questions being asked we provide all of our customers of private and domestic driveways with a care and maintenance pack upon the jobs completion when our invoice is posted.

Below are a list of some of the most common questions we get asked on a day to day basis.

Q    Can you lay tarmac in the rain? 
A     Yes in light rain you can still lay tarmac, however if the rain is excessive it is advisable that tarmac is not laid as it cools material down to quickly and also leaves standing water.
Q    How soon can I drive onto my newly laid drive?

A    We advise that a good couple of days should suffice, giving the surface a chance to harden and cool.
Q    Can you get different coloured tarmac?
A    Yes you can. There are a variety of colours in asphalt such as red and green. However due to these being specialist products they are very expensive and for this reason they are most commonly used on small areas such as bus stops and paths.
Q    How Does Tarmac Wear?
A    Tarmac is more vulnerable and at greater risk to damage in its early life before the surface has time to strengthen and harden through age. The risk of damage is higher in the summer months due to ambient temperatures and long stretches of sun light (although this is hard to believe in this country!) There are generally two forms of wear that affect the surface.

1)      Results of standing points such as heavy loads from waste skips, caravans, motorbike stands and ladders. Indentations such as this cannot be repaired easily. They would generally have to be patched which can be unattractive and ruin the effect of the area. Therefore you should avoid using any of the following on your new drive until it has had a sufficient amount of time to harden.

2)      Result of scuffing actions of vehicle tyres. This is probably the most common form of damage. Using power steering as a combination of turning wheels in a stationery movement or maneuvering in a small area very slowly. Where scuffing has occurred the area should immediately be trodden back in the reconsolidate the loose aggregate particles that have since been disrupted. This will only be effective on newly laid surfaces.

Q    Will weeds appear through my drive?

A    Weeds are unfortunately a natural process that cannot be fully prevented. They especially like to break through surfaces near lawn or plant bed areas but can also appear in random locations too. The best way to try to prevent them is treat the area regularly that is due to be surfaced at least a week before we are due to surface. This will give the drive or area a fighting chance against weeds.

 After surfacing works are complete, if a root appears follow the following steps. If the root of the weed has not penetrated the surface then the head should just be discarded and carefully removed. You can follow this up with a water based weed killer for extra protection.

If the weeds root has penetrated the surface then a water based total weed killer should be used. When the weeds have died off the foliage should be carefully removed and when the surface is warm the patch should be re-consolidated through foot pressure. Only remove the weeds if they can be carefully removed without disturbing the surfacing works.

Marsh Contracts Limited