Your new asphalt driveway sure does look awesome, and it will likely serve you and your home well throughout the year. However, just like any type of pavement, asphalt does have its pros and cons that can come into play with the changing seasons.
Pro: Asphalt is highly resilient to changes in temperature.
No matter how cold it gets at night and how hot it gets during the day, you are not going to have to necessarily worry about drastic temperature changes affecting your blacktop driveway. Asphalt contains compounds that allow some level of flexibility during temperature changes, which means you are far less likely to come out and see a crack in the asphalt than what you would with concrete if it is hot and suddenly drops off cold.
Con: An asphalt driveway can get pretty hot in the summer.
One of the downfalls of asphalt pavement is that it rapidly absorbs heat from the sun, which can make the surface pretty steamy in the summer months. Usually, this is not a concern for most homeowners, but if you have pets or small children who may step their bare feet on the surface, it can be a concern. There are methods to reduce the heat of asphalt, such as coating it with a lighter color sealer.
Pro: Asphalt driveways are easy to clean during the fall.
There are all kinds of things falling during autumn. Some types of trees release their sap during this time of year and just about all of them lose their leaves. If you have trees surrounding your asphalt driveway, you will be pleased to see just how easy it is to clear all the debris that can come from the changing seasons. Asphalt can be washed with a hose, most stuff will not stick to the surface, and you won't have to worry about left-too-long leaves leaving stains.
Con: Asphalt paving does not stand up well to deicing agents.
Blacktop pavements are pretty resilient, but it can also get slippery in the winter if the temperatures are below freezing, which will lead to you likely using a deicing agent to keep the area clear. While deicing agents do work, they can also be corrosive to the pavement if they are left in place too long. To eliminate potential problems, just be sure that you carefully wash away any deicing agents you used during the frosty times as soon as the temperature rises.
Contact a company like Arrow Blacktop & Masonry Inc today to learn more.