Tarmac and resin have long been popular alternatives for driveway surfaces, but the question remains, “Which one is best for me?”

Tarmac’s performance on roadways and huge commercial car parks has maintained its reputation as a dependable surface material for many years. 

Resin driveways have also grown in popularity in recent years since the surface has shown to be suitable for both household and commercial applications. 

It’s time to put tarmac and resin to the test and discover which surface comes out on top and gives you peace of mind that your driveway will last for years.


Tarmac can survive everyday use as well as the weight and pressure of automobiles, but it is no longer as robust as it once was. Today’s tarmac is created using lower-quality materials, making it more prone to weathering and cracking. You’ve probably seen that tarmac melts as the temperature warms up in the summer, and it doesn’t hold up well during a heatwave. Resin-bonded surfaces, on the other hand, have strong bonding that allows them to resist these weathers and temperatures. 


We’ve all experienced scorching pavement on the bottoms of our feet in the summer. Tarmac, as previously said, does not function well in higher temperatures. It not only melts when it gets too hot, but it also becomes extremely hot to the touch, making it unsuitable for people with pets or small children. Furthermore, tarmac can be affected by oil leaks from cars that dissolve the tarmac, resulting in holes and loose stones. As resin bound is oil resistant, it is an excellent choice for a driveway surface. 


Tarmac and resin are both reasonably priced. However, one of the primary advantages of resin bound is that it can usually be laid directly onto solid surfaces, saving money on groundworks typically required when laying tarmac. 

Furthermore, tarmac is less cost-effective since it requires further maintenance after installation owing to weathering and cracking. In comparison, resin requires very little care and, with a 20-year warranty, ensures that there will be no unexpected charges, delivering superior overall value for money. 


As resin driveways are laid with a smooth finish and no loose chips, they provide an anti-slip surface (and are SUDS compliant). While tarmac is a durable surface that can endure high pressure, the bonding can weaken over time, resulting in loose stones. 


One of the best features of resin-bound is that it comes in a variety of colour options to suit your preferences. You can design a new driveway with custom patterns and borders to add character and charm to your home’s exterior. Tarmac, on the other hand, does not provide the same attractive finish and has fewer colours to choose from.