A pothole is a broken and depressed part of an asphalt road surface, carpark or driveway that has been created by regular vehicle traffic removing loose, broken pieces of asphalt and road base. Usually, water undermines the road base removing support for the asphalt allowing it to be broken up by the regular vehicle traffic which further breaks and removes the asphalt and road base increasing the size of the pothole over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pothole?
Is it better to wait for multiple potholes before fixing them?
No. The longer you wait to fix your pothole the bigger it will become and the more costly the repair. At $99+gst our minimum charge makes it much more cost effective to get your pothole fixed today and is cheaper and longer lasting than using a cold mix product and doing it yourself.
Can repairs be done after hours so their won't be disruption to my business?
Yes. We can complete repairs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our trucks are heated and insulated so the hot mix stays at the right temperature until we are ready to use it.
Can you repair asphalt when it rains?
If it is raining heavily and the ground is soaked, we would not complete an asphalt repair. If it is a light sprinkle of rain and the ground is mostly dry we can complete an asphalt repair as long as the weather doesn’t deteriorate further. Our trucks are heated and insulated so the hot mix stays at the right temperature until we are ready to use it so we can wait until the weather improves, dry out the area with a hot torch and complete a repair.
How long do I have to wait before I can drive over my pothole asphalt repair?
Once a repair is completed and the asphalt cools to less than 40°C it should be fine to drive on. Under normal conditions, this happens within an hour or so of the patch being completed.
We lay asphalt at a temperature above 140°C as it is still pliable enough to shape over a pothole or into a patch and be compacted. Normally, to reduce its stickiness, we cover the newly completed asphalt repair with a light dusting of sand. If you can avoid driving on your new repair until the next day you give it a much greater chance of curing and lasting longer.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt, also known as asphalt concrete, is a substance used as a road, carpark or driveway surface made up of a mixture of bitumen, course aggregates (stones between 5mm and 20mm in size) and fine aggregates (stones and sand <5mm in size). Freshly laid asphalt is usually black in colour.
What is Bitumen?
Bitumen is a petroleum substance with a low viscosity (more firm, less liquid), usually black in colour, used as a binder in asphalt to hold all the elements of asphalt together.
What is a Crossover?
A driveway crossover is the part of the driveway that crosses the verge. This is the area of the driveway between the road / kerb edge and the property boundary.