Three Questions To Ask When You Need Your Driveway Sealed

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A cracked driveway can be a considerable eyesore that reduces the overall appearance of your yard. When you've decided to take steps to deal with it, you have the choice of buying a sealing kit at your local home improvement store and struggling through the job or simply calling your local paving contractor to ensure that the job is done right. When you make this phone call, the contractor will ask you about the state of your driveway and might even request that you email some pictures. To ensure that you hire the right contractor for the job, it's helpful if you ask these three questions and assess the responses that you get.

Which Driveways Near Me Have You Sealed?

The best way to check the quality of the work done by a paving contractor is to see the work in person. Don't be shy about asking the contractor to provide you with a list of some jobs around your city; a contractor who stands behind the quality of his or her work will have no problems giving your some addresses to check out. You can then drive past and look at the work -- or, better yet, park your vehicle nearby and walk past the driveways in question so you can see the sealing work more clearly. If you happen to run into a homeowner who is outside, you can ask about his or her degree of satisfaction with the contractor.

Will You Let Me Know If My Driveway Needs More Than Just Sealing?

You want to deal with a reputable paving contractor who can tell you whether a sealing job will be adequate to repair your damaged driveway. Anyone can apply sealant to a stretch of cracked asphalt, but it takes a knowledgeable and conscientious contractor to say that your driveway is past the point of being fixed by sealant. If this is the case, many contractors that provide sealing services can also do paving jobs, so you'll have a contractor lined up already.

How Can You Protect My Yard?

Skilled contractors can keep overspray to a minimum when they're sealing your driveway, but it's always valuable to talk about how the contractor will protect your yard. You don't want nearby plants and grass getting covered in the spray, nor do you want your garage door affected if there are cracks at the top of the driveway. Reputable paving contractors will explain the methods they use -- such as covering grass and plants with tarps -- to avoid damage.

Keep these questions in mind when you talk to a local asphalt sealing service, and you'll be able to find the right contractors for your needs. 

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