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How Potholes Are Formed

Most Potholes Form In The Winter

Did you know that most potholes form in winter due to the freezing and thawing of the road? Often, moisture seeps into the tiny cracks under the surface of the road and then expands when freezing. When it finally melts, pressure from a vehicle can cave into the pavement, ultimately creating a pothole. While salting a road can help melt snow and ice, it can also worsen the pothole.

American Road Patch

The traditional pothole repair method consists of filling the hole with cold asphalt mix, which often begins to break down immediately and can be carried away by tires and plows. American Road Patch, peel and seal repair patch not only repairs pothole damage but locks the cold patch material in place to provide a long-term repair. It works by embedding into the roadway to create a waterproof seal which prevents more water and snow from getting into the repair and ultimately eroding the pothole.


American Road Patch can delay further degradation of areas with alligator cracking, buying time before a complete pavement replacement is needed. In addition, it bonds well with both concrete and asphalt pavements, making a water-tight seal over those transition areas (sidewalks, drains, utility access covers) where asphalt pavements tend to degrade first.

American Road Patch has been installed successfully throughout the United States in all seasons: freeze-to-thaw cycles, snow, and hot summer conditions. Its water resistance, plow resistance, and patented road embedding technology allows American Road Patch to be a long-term, durable solution to road damage caused by even the harshest winter conditions.