Benefits of an Asphalt Driveway

In northern Virginia, where the temperature dips below freezing in the winter and exceeds 90 degrees in the summer, asphalt is a superior surface for driveways. The vast temperature range will periodically expand and contract a driveway’s material. This phenomenon will cause concrete to crack and break up, but asphalt can flex without fragmenting, making it ideal for climates with great temperature fluctuation. Moreover, if the asphalt is black, its surface will retain more heat from sunlight, melting ice faster than concrete, even without adding salt. Asphalt is also usually cheaper than concrete to install and repair.