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Tarmac Driveway??
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lostfarmer
Old 11-09-2006, 9:46 PM
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Hi All,

Hope someone can help me!

My mother-in-law is looking to re-tarmac her drive. It's roughly 10m long and thin / standard width (you can reverse a car down but carefully!). She's had a quote today but is worried as she has no idea whether it will be likely to cost 500 or 5000 pounds.

Could anybody give me any guidance or a ball-park figure? She's in rural North Wales so not too many people she can get in for comparative quotes, but I wouldn't want to see her stung!

Thanks for any help!

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Old 12-09-2006, 8:14 AM
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Whats the existing driveway made of? as this can affect the price by lots!
If its grass expect it to be expensive as you will need a lot off hardcore.
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Old 12-09-2006, 8:30 AM
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Some in depth information can be found at: http://www.pavingexpert.com/tarmac02.htm. There are also links to FAQ and some price guides there.

All things being equal, I'd estimate if you just put down a few inches of tarmac i.e. a crappy backstreet job it'll cost a few hundred, if you excavate to the required depth and use the various base courses (as recommended above) you're talking a few thousand.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-09-2006, 9:13 AM
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Thanks for your replies, off to look at pavingexpert.com now!

The current drive is concrete- is this a good thing or a bad thing?!

Sorry, am absolutely clueless about this! Could the tarmac be laid on the concrete?

Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:10 AM
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Could it - Yes; Should it - No.

Once you've had a look at pavingexpert.com you'll realise that it's not a simple, straightforward job (at least I did). I thought I'd be able to get the concrete drive up, hardcore down and levelled and a professional tarmac job done for under 1000 - how wrong I was.

The concrete is staying where it is for now.
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:18 AM
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Yes- just been checking it out... not as simple as the finished product looks at all!

Thanks for your help!
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Loads of cowboys around so be careful, go to a reputable place.
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