Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 21
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RockGardener Works well
This stuff works great for me. I've had to make numerous smaller patches and cracks of 1-inch size in asphalt. I clean them thoroughly and tamp the material in well until it's just above level, then use the flat side of a sledge to compact it. This has worked well for me.
This finishes in a really black color which stands out against the weathered gray of my blacktop, but I don't mind. You may need to find ways to color it after the fact to blend better.
One thing to consider is that this stuff is made somewhat locally, so the quality can vary between manufacturers (note on the bag that the product names are licensed). The company that makes it here (Sakrete) is very good in general and this product has never disappointed for me.
April 4, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BenA Very Poor Product - Else I got a bad unit
I purchased the 50 lb. U.S. Cold Patch to fill some depressions on my asphalt surfaced drive way last summer. A very dissappointing experience.
The summary is that, the product (black stones) will not bond together. The loose stones came apart in a few days. The product looked liked stones just painted with black paint. Poor adhesion/bonding. Sometimes I wonder if Home Depot quality tests some of these products before selling them. Could be a I got a defective product.
BTW, I read and as per the instructions on a warm 70% week in MD.
March 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BowlingDoc Consistent With Product Description
Have been using "do it yourself" driveway maintenance products for nearly 30 years.
My job required 12 sacks (50 lb. wt.) of U.S. Cold Patch.
Use this one according to directions: clean the receiving surface, open the plastic bag, spread well with the flat side of a bow rake (feathering out the edges), I started the compaction with a hand held plate tamper (watch out for material sticking to the plate surface, clean by scraping with the flat side of the bow rake), I rolled over the asphalt with the driver side front tire of my SUV 1-2 times with a helper guiding me from curbside.
For you asphalt paving aficionados, you can refine your job by fine feathering the edges with Latexite Trowel Patch and sealing the whole job (I would wait at least 1 month) with a quality driverway sealer.
Hope this was helpful.
May 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MCKW98020 Easy pothole fix
The street in front of our house had a few potholes that were very annoying for everyone. The city comes by about once a year and fixes the potholes. We needed a solution that was more frequent so we looked for an easy solution that would last a long time. We heard about U.S. Cold Patch through friends who had used it to repair the parking lot at their business. It was super easy to use and the patches seem to be holding very well after six months.
October 1, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scooter A superb product
I've put down over 150 bags on our private road, everything from potholes to worn out areas.
Here's how I do it: sweep out the worn area or clean the pothole of loose rock and gravel. Pour the patch onto the area. Using a metal bow rake, smooth it out and tap it to get any lumps out and make it even in height. Feather the edges well by tapping with the rake. For potholes, extend it out a bit beyond the edge of the hole and leave it a little higher in the center.
Then, drive back and forth over it slowly a few times with the left front and rear tire. Roll your window down and stick your head out the window to see where you're rolling. I recommend ordinary passenger tires, not knobby truck tires.
Holds up perfectly. The bags remain soft in any temperature, so there's no need to pre-warm them, even in the winter.
Can't say enough good things about this product. It's a real blessing. I'll be using it as long as I'm alive.
March 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by silverstreak Works way better than I thought
I had a root about eight feet long pushing up my driveway in a "J" pattern from one to one and a half feet wide. It went almost all the way across the drive and I was skeptical on how long the patch would last. Six months later and the drive looks as good as day one. If you build a good base and tamp it down like directed, this stuff meets the all the hype...It worked great for me
June 2, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Russ Works as described.
Product performed as descriped. Very easy to spread out. Tamped down, but material began to stick to tamper after awhile. Was skeptical about the whole driving over it with your vehicle to pack it down, but trust me, that is the way to do it.
August 2, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Simply Worthless, Just colored gravel and sand.
I bought a bag of this cold patch and it was easy to fill a hole and pack down. This is just colored gravel and sand mix. I could easily dig and sweep is out 1 week later when I wend to Lowes and bought a bag of "QPR 50Lb Qpr Permanent Asphalt Repair". The QPR is messy and has a tar like substance that eventually hardens to make a permanent repair. Do not buy this U.S. cold patch unless you need a colored gravel compacted surface.
October 12, 2014