Service Guide for Tarring

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A popular surface cover to use for industrial or home premises is tarring. Tarring requires clearing an area of any trees, levelling the ground and laying layers of foundation & tar on top. This turns it into a safe and durable surface to drive on in a parking lot, public road or private driveway. Other uses of tarring include waterproofing roofs and creating sporting areas such as outside basketball areas.

Popular Tarring Services Include:

Roads, parking areas and driveways

Tar is mostly used on South Africa’s roads, but it may be the ideal option if you’re planning a new parking lot or driveway for private use.


Contractors in South Africa know employers value affordable deals. Contractors train their teams to do tarring as well as paving. You can use one team for both functions if your developments require them.

Repair broken tar

South Africa is used to potholes appearing on tarred roads. This country’s harsh sun and heavy rains cause tar to break up. Heavy vehicles of the mining industry also tend to let tar crack. Tarring contractors repair potholes and reseal cracks to prevent further damage.

Asphalt Maintenance

You can prevent South Africa’s weather from destroying your parking area through regular maintenance. Tarring contractors can inspect your tarred area, fix small cracks or cover the whole area with a new layer of tar. Some products can be sprayed over old tar. It will penetrate the old layer, fixing and sealing holes as it sinks in.

5 Tips When Hiring a Tarring Contractor

1. Ask about experience and expertise

Tarring requires skill and knowledge. Potholes easily occur when contractors don’t treat surfaces correctly. Ensure the contractor you pick is used to working with the type of surface as well as the size, angle, foundation type and climate of the area.

2. Do your own project management

Quality tarring requires more than one layer. This can include gravel, cement and tar. Contractors can cut corners to save money by skipping important steps in the process. Prevent this from happening by asking about the process and making regular visits to the building site. Your presence may keep the process running according to plan.

3. Ask about existing paving

You may develop a premises that already contains paving or tar. Enquire how the contractors will make sure the tar connects to these areas properly. If not done right the tar may crack quickly in these areas. If paving needs to be removed to prepare an area for tarring, stipulate in your contract that the contractors will replace the paving before they finally leave the site.

4. Enquire about the products they use

Tarring can involve a variety of products such as asphalt, coal tar, Bitumen and many more. The products vary in durability and environmental friendliness. Ensure your contractor uses a product you prefer.

5. Think about precautions

The foundation and gutter system will determine how long your tarred area stays in excellent condition. Ask your contractor what precautionary measures the team will put in place. As construction experts, contractors must be able to help you plan and ways of combatting water damage.

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