New Build Tarmac Repairs: DIY vs. Professional Services

Introduction: Tarmac driveways and surfaces are known for their durability and longevity, making them popular for new build projects. However, like any other construction material, tarmac can develop issues over time that require repairs. Property owners often choose between tackling the repairs themselves or seeking professional services when it comes to newly built tarmac repairs. In this blog post, Folkestone Driveways & Surfacing will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both options to help you make an informed decision.

DIY Tarmac Repairs:


  • Cost Savings: DIY repairs can save you money on labour costs, as you won’t need to hire a professional contractor.
  • Quick Action: You can address minor issues promptly without waiting for a professional’s availability, preventing further damage.
  • Learning Experience: DIY repairs can be a learning opportunity, and you better understand your tarmac surface.


  • Limited Expertise: DIY repairs may lack the expertise and equipment to ensure long-lasting results, potentially leading to subpar repairs.
  • Risk of Mistakes: Inexperienced DIYers may make mistakes during the repair process, worsening the problem and leading to costlier fixes.
  • Time-Consuming: Repairing tarmac surfaces can be time-consuming, especially for those new to the process, potentially causing disruptions to your daily routine.

Professional Tarmac Repairs:


  • Expertise: Professional contractors have the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively diagnose and repair tarmac issues.
  • Quality Materials: Professionals use high-quality materials and equipment to ensure lasting repairs.
  • Time-Efficient: Hiring professionals can save you time, as they can complete repairs quickly and efficiently.


  • Cost: Professional services come at a cost, which may be higher than a DIY repair project.
  • Scheduling: You may need to schedule repairs conveniently for you and the contractor, which could lead to some waiting.

Conclusion: When deciding between DIY and professional tarmac repairs for your new build project, carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages. For minor, manageable issues, DIY repairs may be a cost-effective solution. However, for complex or extensive damage, professional services are highly recommended.

Professionals bring expertise, high-quality materials, and efficiency to the repair process, ensuring that the problem is addressed correctly the first time. While it may come at a higher initial cost, professional repairs can save you money in the long run by preventing further damage and the need for costly future repairs.

This is a newly installed block paved drive installed by Folkestone Driveways

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