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Asphalt Versus Concrete: Choosing The Right Type Of Paving For Your Climate

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If you are trying to choose between asphalt and concrete paving for your driveway, the climate in the area where you live could have a big impact on which of these paving materials is the better choice for you. This is because asphalt and concrete paving materials react quite differently to both high and low temperatures, as well as weather-related issues, such as snow removal. In this article, you can learn more about which paving option is right for your specific climate. 

Choosing Asphalt For Cold Weather Climates

If you live in a cold weather climate, asphalt paving is going to be the best option for you. This is because asphalt offers a very durable paving surface that will not crack due to exposure to extremely cold temperatures. Asphalt also offers a superior surface when it comes to snow removal. This is because asphalt is darker in color than concrete and therefore attracts more of the sun's heat. This allows asphalt to naturally promote snow melting. You are also able to use rock salt on asphalt in order to help melt snow and ice without worrying about doing any damage to the asphalt itself. The smooth surface of an asphalt driveway is also ideal for shoveling snow or the use of a snow plow or snow blower. In many cases, these snow removal techniques will result in damage to the surface of concrete driveways and can ultimately cost you a considerable amount more in repair costs over the life of a concrete driveway. 

Choosing Concrete For Hot Weather Climates 

While asphalt may be the superior option in cold weather climates, concrete is clearly the better option for homeowners who live in a hot weather climate. There are many reasons why concrete is the better option when dealing with high temperatures. For instance, while the ability to attract sunlight may be great when trying to melt snow, the sun abortion of asphalt can result in a dangerously hot surface in warmer weather climates. Not only can this make it difficult to walk on your driveway during the summer months, but it can also cause your asphalt to become soft and ultimately sustain damage. This is not an issue when using concrete since concrete does not soften at high temperatures. The lighter color of concrete also allows it to remain cooler during the summer months. This is especially important if you wish to use your driveway for recreational purposes, such as playing basketball. 

Contact a local paving service for more information.