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Tarmacadam, properly referred to as bituminous macadam or "Bitmac" for brevity, is often considered to be the cheapest method of surfacing for a driveway or forecourt, however for smaller areas it can work out quite expensive, and the red tarmacadam can also be more expensive than block paving. Tarmacadam 'Tarmac' has become a popular, although technically incorrect, term for both bitmac and for asphalt used to surface pavements, highways and even internal floors.
Bitumen is a product of the oil-refining and petro-chemical industries. Described in basic terms it is the thick and sticky residual goo that is left over when all the useful fuel oils, such as kerosene, petrol, diesel, etc., have been extracted by fractional distillation of a crude oil.
Macadam is a process of binding together smaller aggregates, as pioneered by the legendary John MacAdam in the 19th century (although there are tales of the Chinese having used a form of "macadam" as far back as 3000BC). His work resulted in the development of tar-based macadam's, which became abbreviated to Tar-mac. Nowadays, we use bitumen from the oil industry rather than naturally occurring tar, and therefore we now have bitumen macadam or, as we call it in the trade, bitmac.
Asphalt, according to British and European (CEN) definitions, is a mixture of bitumen and minerals. However, in the US, they use the term 'asphalt' for what we in Britain and the rest of Europe refer to as Bitumen. This is the source of much of the confusion amongst non-trade professionals as to what's what and what's not.
Surtees Groundworks have extensive expertise in the area of tarmacing services across Sandhurst, Berkshire and beyond including areas such as; Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Kent and South West London.
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Based in Sandhurst Berkshire, we provide expert groundwork's and building services to homeowners and commercial businesses across Sandhurst, Yateley, Crowthorne, Fleet, Hartley Whitney, Ascot, Wokingham, Bracknell, and the surrounding areas around Berkshire.
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