How to Prepare Your New Build Site for Tarmac Installation

Introduction: Congratulations on your new build project! Whether you’re constructing a residential property, commercial building, or infrastructure development, one crucial aspect of your project is the installation of tarmac surfaces. Proper site preparation is essential to ensure a smooth and successful tarmac installation. In this blog post, brought to you by Eye Driveways & Surfacing, we will guide you through the steps to prepare your new build site for tarmac installation.

  • Clear the Site: Before construction begins, ensure the site is completely cleared of debris, vegetation, and obstacles. Clearing the site provides a clean slate for tarmac installation and prevents potential issues in the future.
  • Excavation and Grading: Proper site grading is crucial for water drainage and a level surface. Excavate the area as needed to achieve the desired depth and slope. This step also involves replacing unsuitable soil with a suitable aggregate base.
  • Compaction: Compacting the sub-base is essential to achieve stability and prevent settling over time. Use heavy machinery to compact the sub-base thoroughly, ensuring a solid foundation for the tarmac.
  • Edge Restraints: Install edge restraints or curbing to define the boundaries of the tarmac area. These restraints help contain the tarmac and prevent it from spreading beyond its intended boundaries.
  • Sub-Base Material: The choice of sub-base material is critical. Use a high-quality aggregate material that is well-compacted to provide a stable foundation. This material acts as a load-bearing layer and aids in proper water drainage.
  • Proper Drainage: Ensure the site has a well-designed drainage system directing water away from the tarmac surface. Proper drainage prevents water from pooling or causing damage to the tarmac over time.
  • Utility Considerations: Take into account any underground utilities or services that may be present on your site. Ensure these are properly located and marked to avoid damage during excavation and installation.
  • Soil Stabilisation: In areas with poor soil quality or high moisture content, consider soil stabilisation techniques to enhance the sub-bases strength and durability.
  • Testing: Conduct soil and compaction tests to ensure the site meets the required standards for tarmac installation. Adjustments may be necessary based on the test results.
  • Environmental Considerations: Be mindful of environmental regulations and any permits required for your project. Comply with local laws and guidelines to minimise environmental impact.
  • Safety Measures: Implement safety measures to protect workers and site visitors during the preparation phase. This includes proper signage, fencing, and safety equipment.
  • Timing: Plan the preparation phase to align with the overall construction schedule. Ensure the site is ready for tarmac installation at the appropriate time in the project timeline.

Conclusion: Proper preparation of your new build site is the foundation for a successful tarmac installation. By following these steps and paying attention to detail, you can ensure that your tarmac surface will be durable, aesthetically pleasing, and functional.

This is a newly installed tarmac driveway. All works carried out by Eye Driveways

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