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7 On Your Side: Curb appeal

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The condition of your driveway can make or break your home's curb appeal. Angie's List offers some tips on how sealcoating your driveway can help protect it from summer weather.

Whether your driveway is concrete or asphalt, sealants can provide a barrier to keep it safe from damage caused by oil and gas spills, rain, snow and sunlight.

"With the oxidation process, the summer starts to break down the sealer with the sun beating on it. 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," said driveway contractor Tyler Stephens.

Sealcoating can cost $200-300, and most companies base their estimate on square footage. Angie Hicks of Angie's List cautions against falling for a price that seems too good to be true.

"Driveway repair is no different than any other service. 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," Hicks said.

There are two ways to seal your driveway: with a brush or with a spray. Stephens recommends brushing residential driveways, and Hicks says that how often you should seal your driveway depends on your location.

If you live in an area with a cold climate with harsh winters and freeze-thaw cycles, seal it every 1-2 years. Those in areas with milder climates can seal their driveways as little as once every four years.

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