I’ve been reading an interesting report that points out that the DIY market is set to grow by around 10 percent between now and 2022.

Apparently, that’s about twice as much as the market grew over the previous five years, and it highlights how much value we place on looking after our homes and improving our surroundings.

While prettying up the paintwork and changing the curtains is something we all like to do, it’s important to keep the outside of our homes safe, smart and watertight as well.

After all, when it comes to selling your home, prospective buyers will only get the chance to be impressed by the tastefully touched-up interior décor if the scruffy exterior doesn’t put them off first.

A smart new tarmac drive or path is one of the simplest and easiest ways to spruce up the approach to your smartly painted front door, adding value to your home as well as protecting your investment.

Tarmac is relatively low cost, and when professionally laid it creates a hard-wearing, long-lasting and smooth surface that is incredibly strong and durable. It is particularly well-suited for driveways used for larger vehicles, as it won’t crack or distort in normal use.

Tarmac paths and driveways are quick to lay, reducing disruption, and can usually be installed directly onto an existing surface, unlike paved or concrete driveways. They can be edged with clay tiles, stone or brickwork to give them a neat and attractive finish.

Because it is impermeable, tarmac will keep rainwater away from the sub-layer and protect the outside of your home from any potential damp problems. Correctly laid by a professional installer, it will shed any rainwater away from the house and stay looking good come rain or shine.

The smooth finish ensures there are no uneven paving slab edges to trip over, a particular benefit for older home owners or on dark winter’s evenings. From a practical point of view, black is more forgiving of dirt and stains.

Tarmac is also cheap and easy to maintain; when it eventually needs replacing at the end of a particularly tough life, a new tarmac layer can simply be installed on top of the old one.

So, carry on decorating – but don’t neglect the outside of your home. A new tarmac driveway is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to protect and add value to your investment.