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Angie's List: Sealing Your Home's Curb Appeal

Summer weather can really take a toll on your driveway.

The experts at Angie's List say the condition of your driveway can have a big effect on your home's curb appeal, so it's worth it to have it sealcoated.

Sealant acts like a barrier to protect your concrete or asphalt driveway from the weather -- and from damage caused by oil and gas spills.

"With the oxidation process, the summer starts to break down the sealer with the sun beating on it," said Tyler Stephens, driveway contractor. "Just imagine if it's a 90 degree July day, that asphalt and also the concrete surfaces gets up to 100 degrees with the sun just beating on it all day, so it starts the deterioration process also."

Angie's List says sealcoating can cost between $200 and $300.

Beware of a price that seems too good to be true.

"Driveway repair is no different than any other service," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "Be cautious of someone is coming door-to-door and offering you a great deal, because they have leftover materials from someone else. Do your research and pick your company. A deal today should be a deal tomorrow."

Ask how the contractor plans to spread the sealer.

"There are two ways to seal the asphalt: Have the brush and apply it, or to spray it," says Stephens. "All residential driveways should be brushed and not sprayed, so if someone is saying they want to spray your driveway they could really water down the sealers."

In parts of the country like ours with harsh winters and freeze-thaw cycles, Angie's List recommends you have your driveway sealed at least every couple of years.

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