Harrogatecapes Have a proud history in providing a first class service, we supply asphalt and tarmac driveways of the highest standards to both commercial and domestic customers throughout North Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.
With many years experience in this industry, we can carry out all work required from design and planning right through to completion. When ever you require a new path, driveway or an entire private road, you can rest assured that we will meet your tarmac, asphalt and paved surface requirements with ease.
Asphalt Driveway specialists with over 20 years of experience
Harrogatescapes have many years of experience and know that in order for your driveway to last many years, The preparation process and the use of high quality materials is very important .enabling us to guarantee your new driveway for 10 Years. Once we have designed and agreed the shape of your new driveway, the next job is to excavate. All our driveways are excavated to a depth of 230mm (9″), this is to allow for the 3 layers that make up a residential driveway. In cases where there is an existing driveway our quotation will specify the re-use of any suitable existing hardcore.
- Layer 1 – MOT type 1 specification reclaimed hardcore to a depth of 150mm.We install this in 2 layers of 75mm and is compacted after each layer creating a rock solid base.
- Layer 2 – 20mm dense graded base course tarmac to a depth of 50mm
- Layer 3 – 6mm dense graded surface course tarmac to a depth of 30mm
It is essential that your new driveway is constructed in this way to ensure that it does not subside and that the surface course tarmac does not fail long before it should, you may find that other quotes you have had do not follow these specifications or specify a “one coat” method which will often explain differences in quoted prices. With all our excavations the materials will be taken away by a licensed grab-away company, some of the excavations such as soil, tarmac and concrete will likely be recycled and any materials that cannot be recycled will be taken to a licensed tip.
Some driveways will require the use of a membrane at the formation level, this will sit between the sub-grade and the sub-base hardcore, this will only be required if the sub-grade is particularly poor ground and is designed to prevent migration of the sub-grade into the sub-base hardcore, If we think its necessary we will install this at no extra cost.
STAGE 1 EXCAUVATION
STAGE 2 EDGING COARSE
All tarmac surfaces should be retained by a solid edging course, if no edging course is installed over time the tarmac will crack and start to crumble, not only will this reduce the life of the driveway it will also be a haven for weeds growing in the cracks.
We have a wide selection of edgings available, They will be installed on a 100mm concrete bed and haunched to the front and back to prevent lateral movement.In some cases where an edging kerb is raised we may gap each edging brick or kerb and mortar joint the gaps. Additional parts of the job will also be installed such as drainage, Steps, Manhole covers and paved aprons.
STAGE 3 SUB BASE PREPARATION
Once the edging courses have been installed additional hardcore will be spread, raked and compacted to bring the sub-base up to the correct levels for the installation of the sub-base tarmac course. This will be hand laid to a depth of approx 50mm and fully compacted with a vibratory roller. This layer of tarmac along with the hardcore is the real strength of the driveway and will help ensure it does not subside, not installing this layer will ultimately effect the longevity of the driveway.
STAGE 5 LAYING THE SURFACE COARSE
After the base course layer has been laid the final step is to lay the surface course layer. This is the decorative layer of tarmac that requires the most expertise to lay. At Harrogatescapes we only use the more expensive surface course tarmac on our driveways as it is far superior to standard tarmac, being more resistant to power steering and general surface wear.
The surface course tarmac will be heavily compacted with a vibrating roller, while the edges and any areas where the roller cannot fit will be compacted using a hand rammer and a vibrating wacker plate. Once this is complete the driveway is finished and will need to be left for anywhere from 2 to 6 days dependent on the weather for the tarmac to harden before vehicles can be parked on it.