Asphalt is one of the most popular paving materials on the market for both residential and business paving needs. This popularity is due largely in part to the many benefits that asphalt has to offer. However, it is important to note that like all paving options, some disadvantages come with choosing asphalt for your paving needs. Consequently, asphalt will not be the best option for everyone. Taking the time to carefully consider both the pros and cons that asphalt has to offer can help you to decide if asphalt is the right choice for you.

The Pros

  1. Retains Heat During Winter Months - The dark color of asphalt helps to attract the heat of the sun even during the cold winter months. More importantly, asphalt can retain this heat which will help promote the melting of any snow or ice that forms on your driveway. 
  2. Requires Minimal Maintenance - Asphalt driveways are relatively easy to care for. In most cases, to maintain your asphalt in the short term you will simply need to sweep away any debris that is not washed away by rainwater. When it comes to long-term maintenance, you will simply need to have a fresh seal coat applied every few years to ensure your asphalt remains protected from damage. 
  3. Easy To Repair - While asphalt is very durable, asphalt surfaces can develop cracks or potholes. If your asphalt suffers damage over the years, repairing this minor damage is an easy task that can often be completed on a do-it-yourself basis. 

The Cons

  1. Can Soften In Hot Temperatures - While the ability to retain heat may be a good thing in cold weather climates, this same feature can be problematic for people living in a hot weather climate. This is because asphalt can become soft when exposed to high outdoor temperatures. 
  2. No Color Options - Unfortunately, asphalt cannot be tinted like concrete can. This means that all of your asphalt surfaces will share the same black finish. 

The Bottom Line 

Asphalt paving can provide you with a durable paved surface that is easy to care for over the years. If you live in a cold weather climate, this paving material can make snow and ice removal quite a bit easier thanks to its ability to retain heat. Unfortunately, this feature can also cause asphalt to become uncomfortably hot and begin to soften if you live in a warmer climate that experiences very hot summers. You will also find that there are not many options available for altering the way an asphalt surface looks. 

Speak to local paving services to learn more.