Footpath Tarmac Surfacing

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Here at Commercial Tarmacadam, we are proud to offer our expertise in tarmac path building and walkway construction to builders, housing contractors, and councils. Our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service and the most innovative solutions to ensure the success of your project.

We understand that the construction process can be daunting, so we strive to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. From the initial design phase to the completion of the project, we provide personalised guidance and support every step of the way. Our unique approach is tailored to meet the needs of each individual project and our commitment to customer satisfaction drives us to continually exceed expectations.

kerb laying

Kerb laying is an essential part of any footpath surfacing project.
Our team of experienced professionals can provide you with high-quality service from start to finish. We use only the best materials to ensure your kerb laying is done correctly and to the highest standards.

The process begins with the excavation of the area around the kerb, which is done to ensure that the kerb is properly secured. After that, the kerb is laid, and the surrounding area is prepared for tarmacking.

Finally, the area is covered with tarmac, and the job is complete. Kerb laying provides a strong and durable foundation that will withstand the heaviest traffic. It also helps keep pedestrians safe, preventing vehicles from encroaching on walkways and sidewalks.

At, we provide safe and reliable kerb laying services that will give you peace of mind and ensure your project is completed to the highest standards. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our kerb laying service.

Sub-Base Layer

At least 24 hours later, once the concrete edging has set, the sub-base material will be placed and leveled off with shovels and rakes, topped-up as necessary, and then compacted using a mechanical machine roller.

Some smaller jobs use a vibrating plate compactor to compact the sub-base material. However, a roller is essential for the later compacting of the tarmac layers anyway, so there should be one available on most sites. Roller machines are considerably faster and more efficient than most plate compactors. However, manual rollers provide a cost-effective option for jobs on a smaller budget.

To check the depth of a sub-base before it is laid, we use a piece of timber cut to the required depth. If the straight edge at the top of the piece rests on the kerb stones, your sub-base is too high; if it lies above them, your sub-base is too low. The lower base layer is commonly built with additional material before the sub-base material is placed down.

laying the tarmac

Finally, the binder course is the first of the two layers of tarmac used in a typical footpath or walkway.

The aggregate size in our pathway tarmac is chunkier than that used in the surface course, with a typical size being 20mm. To ensure that the binder surface material is hot enough to be workable, it is delivered to the site in insulated trucks, which keeps it warm. It is poured as quickly as possible before it cools and becomes unworkable.

When laying tarmac on a hand-lay job, it is normally treated with an oil-based compound known as cut back that helps to keep the tarmac workable for longer at lower temperatures. The tarmac will be tipped off the delivery wagon onto a clean surface, such as the existing pathway, and then sheeted with large tarpaulins that help retain heat. A loading shovel will feed the tarmac to the laying gang, tipping it out to each section of the path as needed. Using their rakes, rake-hands level the tarmac by judging its accuracy to ensure a smooth finish.

On smaller jobs where it is not feasible to use a loading shovel, workers manually shovel the tarmac from the sheeted pile into wheelbarrows and then wheel them to the laying edge, where they are tipped out where needed as directed by the raker.

After a new surface has been laid, it may be walked upon immediately. However, for a residential pathway, it is wise to allow at least an hour or so for the surface course to cool completely before taking any weighted objects over it to avoid imprints. Most contractors & local councils would prefer vehicles to be kept off the newly completed surface for 24 hours, which is generally sound advice.

That being said, it’s common for projects such as park pathways and cycle paths to be used immediately after construction has finished due to the nature of their locations and the difficulty in policing such traffic.

Whatever your tarmac project, whether it be building tarmac footpaths, driveways, or even a coastal path, we have extensive experience in tarmac path building and walkway construction and have completed numerous projects for our customers. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality of service and the most cost-effective solutions to fit your budget.

We take pride in our customer service and are always available to answer any questions. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help make your path-building and walkway construction project successful.


WHY CHOOSE Commercial Tarmacadam FOR YOUR NEW path?

It’s simple – what other footpath tarmacing contractor offers you all of this when undertaking your new housing development project:

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