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How Much Does a Tar and Chip Driveway Cost in Ireland?
November 22, 2021 0 Comments

How Much Does a Tar and Chip Driveway Cost in Ireland?

Ireland loves its tar and chip driveways and there are plenty of reasons for this.

Firstly, they are easy to maintain and can withstand even the worst of Irish weather. Secondly, they look beautiful.

The uninformed amongst you may be asking, ‘what is a tar and chip driveway?’.

They are exactly what they sound like… well, almost.

Tar and chip driveways are made from both tar (or sometimes liquid asphalt) and stone chips.

These chips are compressed into the top level of the tar (or tar substitute) and dry to give a beautiful, classy finish to your driveway.

Advantages of Tar & Chip Driveways 

One of the key advantages of tar and chip driveways is that they give you the option to spruce up your driveway in a way that suits you. That is mainly because the chips come in a range of colours.

Thus, the front of your property can fit in, or even compliment, the style of your home. The most popular chip colours are black, brown, grey and red.

As previously said, this type of driveway is easy to look after. With them, you don’t need to have to replace missing stones and there is little chance of the weather creating havoc in the front of your home.

It should also be noted that tar and chip driveways aren’t as expensive as some of the alternatives. For instance, concrete, asphalt, and pavers can all cost a great deal more.

How much does a tar and chip driveway cost? 

The answer to the above really depends. Obviously, there are a number of factors at play when determining the cost of any driveway installation.

These include:

  • The size of the driveway.
  • The type of chips being used (for instance, different colour chips can be less common, so more costly).

Of course, you are still probably looking for an approximate figure. Roughly speaking, the average cost for a tar and chip driveway at the moment is about €25 per square meter.

However, this can vary greatly.

To get a better idea of what you will pay to redo your driveway in this style, you should know:

  • The type of material you would like to use.
  • The dimensions of your driveway.
  • The labour fee for the installation.

The easiest way to reduce your cost is to choose the cheaper option when it comes to chips.

Going for DIY installation or choosing a team that isn’t good at what they do, could end up costing you more in the long run with repairs.

Of course, there is also a way that you can completely reduce the hassle involved.

Simply call Kildare Tarmac & Asphalt. We will be able to give you an idea of the cost over the phone.

We cover all of Leinster and provide a no-obligation callout service, which is free of charge. Choosing to go with one of Ireland’s top tar and chip experts is a decision you won’t regret.


Tarmac Driveways Dublin, Kildare, Westmeath, Ireland
October 22, 2021 0 Comments

Tarmac Driveways: Five Key Advantages

First impressions last, so having your driveway in tip-top shape is sure to impress visitors when they first arrive at your property. 

Luckily for you, we are in the business of first impressions. 

We know that having this area of your property in sublime condition can add value to your home and make your daily tasks far more convenient than they would be otherwise. 

Despite its obvious advantages, we have noticed that some people are ignoring the tarmacadam option, instead choosing different types of surfaces for their driveways

However, we are here to show you why a tarmac driveway might be the best choice for you. After all, installing this type of surface is one of the things that we do best

Without further ado, here are five advantages of choosing tarmac driveways. 

They Look Slick 

Let’s be honest about things; a tarmac driveway looks better than the alternatives. 

It gives a property a clean sophisticated feel, opposed to the scruffier unkept look of unaltered surfaces. 

It is a slick and tidy option and if correctly maintained, it will be an asset to your home for years. It can even add value to the overall asking price of your property. 

Think about it, which home would you prefer to buy – the one that already has a tarmac driveway in place, or the one that’s driveway is full of dust and pebbles. 

The answer is easy!

It is Easy To Maintain 

You don’t have to mow a tarmac driveway like you do greenways and it is also completely weatherproof. It can handle the worse of winds, snow, and rainfall. In fact, it will survive any type of weather. 

Not only that, but this type of surface can handle huge weights too. It is as comfortable holding a car, as it is a truck. 

Which brings us to our next point…

Extra Parking 

We have seen many clients get better use out of their property by turning an unused area of gravel or grass into an extension of their tarmacked driveway. 

When doing so, they have created another area where they can park an extra vehicle. If you are looking for extra parking space, this could be the answer for you. 

Easy To Install

Installing this type of surface does not require a huge amount of digging and generally speaking, it is a job that only takes a short amount of time. Tarmac also dries very quickly. 

It is a simple and easy way to transform the area surrounding your home, while adding both value to your property and an extra space for visitors to park their cars. 

Not Overly Expensive 

When compared to some of the other options available, tarmac driveways are not expensive

Particularly when you consider that they are easy to repair, can last a lifetime and look absolutely brilliant. If you are considering this option, then call us now on 087 257 0867 or email kildaretarmac@gmail.com for a quick quote.

September 12, 2021 0 Comments

What is the Difference Between Tarmac and Asphalt?

The difference between asphalt and tarmac is a simple question of adhesive material. Tarmac or tarmacadam contains tar while asphalt roads contain bitumen ‒ a highly viscous form of petroleum.


These two materials are often considered the same and while there are many similarities in how they are made and for what they are used, it is important to understand the differences. If you understand the difference between tarmac and asphalt, you will have a better starting point when choosing the perfect material for your driveway.
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