Vehicles need surfaces to drive on. Planes need something to land and take off on. The world depends on paved surfaces. While there are many types of paving materials used around the world, asphalt is undoubtedly one of the most popular. There are many different asphalt formulas and types, and many different nicknames for different types of asphalt.
Blacktop, asphalt, tarmac, bitumen – are all these names for different types of asphalt or are they the same? One of the most common confusions is the terms asphalt and tarmac. Are tarmac and asphalt the same thing or are there major differences? What’s tarmac have to do with airports? Let’s learn the similarities and differences between tarmac and asphalt and what each is best for.