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Old 01-24-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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We are moving to the Northern Virginia Dulles area & have been viewing homes online. We are used to seeing cement driveways everywhere we have lived (Nebraska, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Florida) but have noticed that most homes in Northern Virginia have black top driveways. Does anyone know the reasoning for this? Are they better or worse than cement?
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:56 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Cost.


I don't know about VA but in MD impervious driveways (concrete, asphalt) are going the way of the Dodo because of stormwater runoff rules.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:09 AM
 
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Cost.


I don't know about VA but in MD impervious driveways (concrete, asphalt) are going the way of the Dodo because of stormwater runoff rules.
What are they replacing them with?
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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I grew up (in the 70s) in Maryland with concrete driveways. At some point, all new construction in the 80s/90s and on went with asphalt. It is definitely due to cost.

My asphalt driveway is 21 years old now. I've kept it up and it's fine, but it's probably time for a new one. Most of my neighbors are replacing with stamped concrete.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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Yes, cheaper.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:49 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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What are they replacing them with?

There's pervious asphalt now, although it's pricey but still not as much as concrete, and, as mentioned, stamped concrete which comes in sections and then is laid down.


I opted to keep the stone driveway, which come to think of it needs renewed this year. If I could get a truck load of oyster shells I use them.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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advantage of blacktop is snow/ice will melt much faster in winter (facing sun, of course).
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