Whether you’re looking to pave a commercial, residential or municipal surface, asphalt is the best way to go. While concrete may be recommended by some paving contractors in Surrey, Chilliwack and elsewhere on the Lower Mainland, the truth is our cool wet winters and hot dry summers dramatically reduce the one advantage concrete has over asphalt: its durability. Because concrete shrinks and swells as external temperatures shift, the material is poorly suited to our steeply fluctuating Canadian climate. So as tough as concrete is, it lacks flexibility, which means the more it contracts and expands, the more likely it is to crack or spall. Asphalt is a much more flexible material, and as such, doesn’t have the same vulnerabilities to temperature.