December Blog

December has seen Glenco busy working on industrial estates and commercial areas, repairing and reinstating heavy duty drainage channels, concrete reinstatements and tarmac repairs. The heavy duty drainage channels used on the Ridgeway Trading Estate in Iver were no longer available in the UK, being made by Stora who only had European outlets available for supply. The importance of matching drainage runs with the same sized channels is obviously imperative. We tracked down a supplier in the Irish Republic who were able to ship us the required channel without much lead time, allowing for a seamless installation.

The macadam structures in heavily trafficked areas require the strongest compacted courses to support the type of vehicles using them. We have installed 20-32mm dense bituminous road base macadam at 80-90mm depth. The surface course, which require the strongest available materials, we have used a 10mm Stone Mastic Asphalt SMA with polymodified binders. This type of surface course is designed to cure very rapidly and to resist slow and static turning by heavy commercial vehicles, making it ideal for the anticipated usage. Edges are then sealed with hot bitumen sealant to prevent water ingress to the reinstatements, thus enhancing the longevity of the repair.

As with all Glenco repairs, such attention to detail, will always ensure that ‘Quality is brought to the surface’!

The rise in Popularity of coloured Tarmac

In the world of civil engineering, innovation is key to staying ahead of the curve. One exciting trend that has been gaining momentum in recent years is the use of coloured tarmacs and driveways. Traditionally, asphalt and concrete surfaces have been known for their uniform shades of grey, but the rising popularity of coloured alternatives is transforming the way we perceive and experience our outdoor spaces.

Aesthetic Appeal: Adding a Splash of Colour
Coloured tarmacs and driveways offer an immediate visual impact, turning mundane surfaces into vibrant features. Homeowners and businesses alike are embracing the opportunity to express their individuality through the use of various colours, patterns, and designs. This aesthetic enhancement not only elevates the overall look of a property but also contributes to a sense of pride and uniqueness.

Customization for Personalization: Tailoring Surfaces to Suit Preferences
Civil engineers now have access to a wide range of pigments and additives that allow for the customization of asphalt and concrete. This flexibility enables clients to choose colors that complement their architectural styles, landscaping, or corporate branding. Whether it’s a subtle earth tone or a bold statement hue, the ability to personalize driveways and tarmacs is reshaping the way we view infrastructure.

Durability and Functionality: Beyond Aesthetics
Beyond the visual appeal, coloured surfaces maintain the same durability and functionality as traditional pavements. The pigments used in these projects are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, UV exposure, and heavy traffic. This means that the vibrant aesthetics don’t compromise the long-term performance of the surface, making it a practical and stylish choice for various applications.

Sustainable Options: Eco-friendly Colours
As environmental consciousness continues to grow, so does the demand for sustainable building practices. Coloured tarmacs and driveways can be designed with eco-friendly considerations in mind. Water-based or low-VOC (volatile organic compound) pigments are available, aligning with the industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Safety Enhancements: Coloured Surfaces for Improved Visibility
Coloured driveways are not just about aesthetics; they can also serve practical purposes. Using contrasting colors for crosswalks, bike lanes, or pedestrian areas enhances visibility and safety. This application is especially relevant in urban planning and residential areas where a clear distinction between different zones is crucial for the well-being of pedestrians and cyclists.

The rise in the trend of coloured tarmacs and driveways is a testament to the ever-evolving nature of civil engineering. As technology and materials advance, the industry continues to find innovative ways to merge functionality with aesthetics. Coloured surfaces are not just a visual treat; they offer a unique opportunity for self-expression, environmental consideration, and enhanced safety. Whether it’s a residential driveway or a commercial parking lot, adding a splash of colour to our outdoor spaces is redefining the way we approach infrastructure design and construction.