What Causes Potholes and Cracks in Asphalt?

As you sip your morning coffee and prepare for the day ahead, think back to your drive yesterday. Remember that unexpected bump on the road or that crack you narrowly avoided? It’s more common than you’d think to come across these potholes and cracks. However, you might be wondering, what actually causes this to happen? It’s probably quite a few more factors than you’d initially think. So many things contribute to the daily wear and tear of these roads that ultimately can create these often dangerous issues in the roads. In today’s chat, we’re going to take a look at asphalt, so we can understand what causes these issues, and to explore how you can repair these cracks and potholes easily with the help of EZ Street Asphalt. So, buckle up and join us on this ride.

What Causes Potholes and Cracks in Asphalt? 

The roads we use everyday are constantly being damaged but not just from cars, it’s the environment as well that can break it down:

  • Water: Water has a sneaky way of finding its path into the smallest of cracks. Once inside, it waits for the temperatures to drop, then freezes and expands, pushing the asphalt apart. This constant freeze-thaw cycle is nature’s way of opening up the road’s surface, eventually leading to potholes.
  • Heavy Traffic: The continuous pressure and strain from vehicles, especially heavy ones, can cause the asphalt to fatigue and crack over time.
  • UV Degradation: Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays can have a detrimental effect on asphalt, much like how our skin can get damaged without sunscreen. Over time, this can lead the surface to lose its strength, making it prone to fractures.

Natural Aging: Everything ages, and asphalt is no exception. As time goes by, asphalt loses its natural oils that maintain its flexibility, increasing its susceptibility to breaks and holes.

Asphalt Cracks

How to Repair Potholes and Cracks

Now that we know what causes the potholes and cracks, how do we fix them? Here’s a simple three-step solution you can implement with EZ Street Asphalt:

  • Sweep/Clean: Start with a spotless pothole to ensure the optimal bonding process.

  • Fill: EZ Street’s Cold Asphalt Mix makes filling those hole a breeze. For deeper gaps, take it step by step.

  • Compact: A firm compression ensures the asphalt firmly get set into place.

Why Bother with Repairs? 

Fixing roads isn’t just for a smoother journey.

  • Safety First: Good roads mean fewer accidents. Especially in challenging driving conditions, a well-maintained road can be a lifesaver.

  • For Your Vehicle’s Sake: Regularly traversing poor roads can strain vehicles, leading to potential damages and repairs. In the long run, this can save you a heap of money and stress.

  • Boosting Property Appeal: The state of roads can influence property prices. Spotless roads hint at an efficient neighbourhood or business zone and can make it more attractive to buyers.

  • Community Pride: There’s a sense of pride that comes with a communities roads. They reflect a community’s dedication to quality and high standards.


Asphalt Repair: A World Beyond Potholes

When we think of asphalt repair, potholes are usually the first thing that comes to mind. But there’s a whole world of asphalt repair out there, beyond just filling in potholes.

  • Resurfacing: Over time, the surface layer of roads can wear out. Instead of redoing the entire road, a new layer of asphalt can be added, giving the road a fresh lease on life.
  • Sealcoating: This is like adding a protective shield to the road. It provides a barrier against water, oils, and UV rays, extending the life of the asphalt.
  • Crack Sealing: Before those cracks develop into gaping potholes, they can be sealed, preventing any water infiltration and further deterioration.
  • Overlays and Trench Reinstatements: Especially after utility work, sections of the road might need to be patched up or overlaid to restore them to their former glory.

So there you have it! Asphalt repair is a lot more than just filling in potholes. It’s a complex process that involves a variety of techniques to keep our roads in good condition.


EZ Street’s Magic Formula – What makes EZ Street stand out? 

Well, EZ Streets products aren’t just about filling holes. They’ve revolutionised road repair by offering solutions that are permanent, eco-friendly, and water-resistant. And the variety! Whether you fancy classic black or vibrant red, they’ve got it.

With EZ Street, you’re not just limited to watching professionals do the work. Fancy a bit of DIY? With the right products and a sprinkle of determination, you can fix that pothole in your driveway. And if you’re ever in doubt, their online videos are there to guide you.

Navigating the Bumpy World of Potholes and Cracks

Roads are absolutely essential in our daily lives. They help to connect us, help us get to work, travel between countries and more. It’s no secret though that they can face their challenges as well. Potholes and cracks aren’t mere inconveniences, they’re signs of nature taking it’s toll. 

But here’s the good news: With advancements in road repair technology, road maintenance is no longer the daunting task it once was. It’s become more accessible, more efficient and sometimes even a little bit of fun for those with a DIY spirit.

EZ Street isn’t just about selling a product, we’re about offering a solution. A solution that’s eco-friendly, user-friendly, and, most importantly, road-friendly. Our commitment to revolutionising the Australian road maintenance landscape is evident in the range of our products. Whether it’s the bustling streets of Sydney or a quiet lane, the need for sturdy, smooth roads is undeniable. This is why we offer solutions that cater to both the individual homeowner and larger councils. 

So, if you’re ready to take the next step towards better roads and smoother journeys, why wait? Reach out to the experts. Give EZ Street a ring at 1 300 519 398 or visit our website. Because when it comes to roads, settling for less just isn’t an option. Let’s pave the way to a smoother tomorrow, together.


Our Products

15 kg bag – 135299

The perfect quick grab solution. Its re-sealable top is an industry first and ensures zero waste. Perfect for small pothole repair and driveway repair jobs.

20 kg bag – 135302

Ideal for those pothole repair jobs that you don’t want to be left short on. Show us how tough you are… Try the 20 kg. An excellent pothole repair solution.

Tough 20 bucket | 20 kg – 128168

Is chock full of premium blend EZ Street cold asphalt. Simplify your handling, re-seal unused material and have a pothole free day.

Bulk & bulk bags | 128170 / 128171

Available in either 1 Tonne bulk bags or loose bulk asphalt stockpile, you can minimise your costs by purchasing EZ Street cold asphalt in this form.