When it comes to surfacing your driveway, parking lot, or road, tar (or asphalt) is one of the most popular materials due to its durability and cost-effectiveness. Average prices for tar surfacing can range from R80 to R150 per square metre. However, the cost of tar surfacing can vary widely depending on a variety of factors. 

  • Area Size 
  • Preparation Required
  • Material Cost 
  • Labour cost 
  • Additional features
  • And Location

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Another alternative to tarring might be getting the area paved. Follow this link for additional info on “How much does concrete paving cost?” and “How much does outdoor paving cost?

What Factors Influence the Cost of Tar Surfacing?

Several elements can impact the overall cost of a tar surfacing project. Understanding these elements can help you budget more effectively.

  • Area Size: As you might expect, the larger the area that needs to be surfaced, the higher the cost will be. However, larger projects may benefit from reduced per-square-metre rates due to economies of scale.
  • Preparation Required: The amount of preparation work required can significantly affect the cost. This includes clearing the area, removing existing surfaces, grading, and compacting the base material.
  • Material Costs: The price of the tar itself can fluctuate based on market conditions, the quality of the tar, and the amount needed for the project.
  • Labour Costs: The cost of labour can vary depending on the complexity of the project, the experience of the workers, and regional wage differences.
  • Additional Features: Extra features such as installing drainage systems, adding curbing, or creating special designs with the tar can increase the cost.

Tar Surfacing Pricing Table 

Below is a rough pricing guide for tar surfacing per square metre. Please note that these prices are indicative and can vary based on the factors mentioned above.

Project TypeAverage Cost Per Square Meter
DrivewayR85 – R120
Parking LotR80 – R110
RoadR80 – R100
PlaygroundR80 – R110
Tennis CourtR110 – R150

Typical Cost Of Tarring A Driveway

ServicePrice (ZAR)
Small Driveway (30-50 sqm)R8,800
Medium Driveway (50-100 sqm)R14,850
Large Driveway (100-150 sqm)R22,000
Pothole Repair (per pothole)R550

*These rates include both the cost of materials and labour. Extra services such as additional layers of tar, complex patterns or the use of premium materials would come at an extra cost.

Always remember, it’s important to get a precise quote from your Local Pros partner. They will assess your unique requirements and provide a tailored estimate. With their experience and skills, you can be assured of a quality finish and durable tar surface.

Why Choose a Local Pros Partner for Your Tar Surfacing?

Finding a reliable tar surfacing expert can be complicated. This is why Local Pros has vetted leading Tarring Companies in major cities across South Africa and selected the very best to join their team of professionals. Selecting a Local Pros partner will ensure that:

  • Experienced Professionals: Our partners have extensive experience in tar surfacing projects of all sizes, ensuring your project is handled with skill and precision.
  • Competitive Pricing: We work to provide you with competitive prices, giving you the best value for your investment.
  • Quality Materials: We use high-quality tar to ensure durability and longevity.
  • Personalised Quotes: Get a customised quote tailored to your specific project needs.
  • Trustworthy: Our partners are vetted, reliable, and committed to delivering excellent customer service.
  • Timely Completion: We value your time and strive to complete projects within the agreed timeline.
  • Transparency: We provide clear and upfront costs with no hidden charges.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our priority, and we work hard to exceed your expectations.

Ready to get started? Contact a Local Pros partner today for a personalised tar surfacing quote!

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FAQ Tar Surfacing

 How long does tar surfacing last?

With proper maintenance, tar surfacing can last between 12 to 20 years.

Can tar surfacing be done in any weather?

No, tar surfacing cannot be done in rainy or extremely cold weather as it can affect the end result.

How long does it take for the tar surface to dry?

Usually, a new tar surface will take a few days to dry, but it can take longer in cooler or humid conditions.

Is tar surfacing eco-friendly?

Yes, tar is a byproduct of petroleum extraction, making it a recycled material. Additionally, tar surfaces can be recycled and reused at the end of their lifespan.

Can tar surfaces handle heavy vehicles?

Yes, tar is highly durable and can withstand heavy loads, making it an excellent choice for parking lots and roads that will see heavy vehicle traffic.

We hope this pricing guide provides a helpful starting point for your tar surfacing project. As always, please reach out to a Local Pros partner for a personalised, detailed quote based on your specific needs.

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