faqs

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help those looking for more information about out products and services. If you have a question that isn’t covered below, please get in touch with a member of the Taydal team by visiting the Contact Us page.
Planned & Reactive Maintenance and Repairs
Does Taydal carry out patch repairs and reinstatements to asphalt and tarmacadam surfaces?
Yes, Taydal is experienced in undertaking patch repairs either on reactive or planned maintenance works. We carry out patch repairs on major contracts for clients such as Suffolk County Council, as well as isolated patching needs for Private Clients.
I need advice on my cracking/worn tarmac, can you help?
Yes, we can help you. We are happy to assess the condition of your existing tarmac areas and provide solutions. This may require patch repairs or planning off and resurfacing. We shall offer the best, most cost effective solutions to meet your needs.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Do your staff hold current CSCS cards?
Yes, our staff and operatives hold current CSCS cards appropriate for work on major building sites.
What training have staff and operatives received?
We really care about the safety of our employees and implement a stringent training regime to maintain and continuously improve our people. We pride ourselves on our enviable health and safety record and will continue to invest in our people.
SUSTAINABILITY
Are their any environmentally friendly surfacing systems I can use?
Yes, there are many systems to choose from and Taydal are an approved installer for all the main manufacturers.
Do you have an Environmental Policy?
Yes, we believe in limiting our impact on the environment and have implemented a zero waste policy, including using recyclable products where possible.
SERVICES
What sizes of project do Taydal undertake?
We really enjoy helping our Customers, whether you are a Blue Chip organisation looking for major works, or you are looking for a new driveway for your home, we will always treat you with the same respect and care. Our contract values range from £500 to £3m.
Can I have a coloured tarmac?
Yes, tarmacadam can be produced in red, green, blue and golden. There are also many options to provide coloured chips to enhance the look of your new installation.
What geographical area do Taydal cover?
We primarily cover East Anglia, London, Midlands and the South East. We do work nationally upon request. Taydal provide free quotations, which usually includes a site visit to properly assess your requirements.
Do you offer anti-skid tarmac options?
Yes, once we understand the road usage, level of trafficking and likely speeds, we can offer many solutions to meet your needs.
Do you hold adequate insurances?
Yes, Taydal holds £10m Employers’ Liability Insurance and £5m Public Liability cover. You can be assured when using Taydal you are employing a high quality, competent and fully insured organisation.
What sized business is Taydal?
We are one of the country’s leading Independent Surfacing Contractor’s, with an annual turnover of nearly £10m. We have grown organically over the past 15 years, including through the recession, through consistently delivering our promises and helping our customers.
PRODUCTS
What is Resin Bonded Surfacing?
Resin bonded surfacing is an attractive, hardwearing and low maintenance system using coloured aggregates bonded and set with high performance resins. The Addastone resin bonded system we install is suitable for driveways, patios and hardstanding areas and really adds real style and value to your property. Indeed many heritage properties choose Addastone Resin bonding instead of the lower specification tar & chip option which suffers from stone displacement.
What is the difference between permeable and non permeable surfacing systems?
Generally tarmacadam systems such as Hot Rolled Asphalte (HRA), Dense Bituminous Macadam (DBM) and Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA), are non permeable, meaning water does not naturally penetrate the layer. This is beneficial in most instances, however sufficient design of drainage is required to ensure safe performance of the surfacing during periods of inclement weather. When installing new non permeable systems to Private dwellings planning permission is necessary as Local Councils do not allow water run off onto Public Highways and footpaths. Permeable, or porous systems have been developed to allow the natural penetration of water through the installed layers. We can help you choose the right solution to meet your needs.
What is a ‘Pen’ Value?
Bitumen is graded on stiffness and is refered to the ‘Pen’ value. Penetration is tested in terms of a mm of a needle dropped onto a bitumen sample for 5 seconds at 25 degrees and softening point. The lower the pen value the stiffer the bitumen. Pen values range generally from 40/60 for use on heavily trafficked roads to 160/220 for use on light traffick areas. High Pen Values are used on hand laying works as it is easier to handle and lay, whereas low pens are used on machine work projects.
What is Asphalt?
Invented in the 1800’s, Asphalt is essentially a combination of aggregate and bitumen, which is derived from crude oil. Additives can also be incorporated to improve performance and durability, these take the form of fibres, wax, polymers and pigments. Asphalt is the most commonly used surfacing system and is used in the construction of roads, car parks, driveways, pathways and play areas. Asphalt is generally black, but can also be red, green, blue or golden.
What are the different types of Asphalt?
The most common types used in the UK market are Asphalt Concrete (AC), commonly known as dense bituminous macadam (DBM), hot rolled asphalts (HRA) and stone mastic asphalt (SMA). Taydal are an approved Contractor for all of these products and we can help recommend the most appropriate system to meet your needs and budget.