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Tree Roots Causing Concrete Problems

Tree roots may be why your exterior concrete slabs are sinking. Learn why and how to fix the problem.

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Beautiful mature trees may have been one of the reasons you chose the house you did. After all, a breathtakingly landscaped yard makes a huge difference as soon as you step onto the property. But did you know those attractive trees could be the reason for your sunken exterior patio, driveway, or walkway slabs? Tree roots can be a Colorado homeowner’s nightmare. Learn more about the damage root systems cause.

How Do Tree Roots Ruin Concrete?

It may come as a surprise that tree roots could be a cause of your sunken and uneven exterior concrete slabs. But did you know the root system of your favorite tree extends out two to three times farther than the canopy drip line or the outermost edge of the tree? For large trees, especially in dryer climates like those in DenverColorado Springs, and Grand Junction, tree roots can extend five times past the edge of the tree since it needs to look further for a source of water. 

What does this mean for your patio, driveway, or concrete sidewalk slabs? As root growth continues, you may notice concrete cracks or concrete slabs sinking, both causing serious tripping hazards. If large trees are planted too close to your home, you may even struggle with foundation problems. 

The Front Range’s clay soil only makes the problem worse. A tree’s root system will grow shallower in clay soil than in sandy or loamy, well-drained soil. This means tree roots are closer to the surface and more likely to cause problems. 

But before you consider tree removal, know there are ways to fix your exterior concrete slabs. Peak Structural offers PolyRenewal™, a cutting-edge option for concrete lifting.

The Risks of Tree Root Damage 

Tree roots damaging your home’s concrete slabs are not to be ignored. Turning a blind eye could mean serious consequences for your Denver, Colorado Springs, or Grand Junction home. Learn more about the risks of letting tree root damage go unchecked.

Tripping Hazard

Tree root damage to your concrete slabs not only looks unsightly but also presents a tripping hazard, especially for those unsure on their feet, like children and the elderly. Protect those you love by addressing damaging tree roots before anyone is hurt.

Improper Water Flow

Your Colorado home and landscaping should have been designed and built in a way that drains rain and groundwater away rather than toward your home’s foundation. 

This is both helpful to stop erosion and protects your basement or crawl space from foundation damage. However, when concrete slabs sink or become uneven because of tree root damage, water flow might be altered, directing water toward rather than away from the foundation. Left untreated, you could be looking at costly foundation repair. In Colorado, where clay soils are prevalent, this problem is even more important because of the drastic swell and shrinkage the soil goes through.

Decreased Home Value

Looking out at sunken, uneven patio, driveway, or sidewalk concrete slabs can be unsightly, and potential homeowners agree. In today’s competitive market, sloping exterior slabs can decrease offers and lower asking prices. 

Don’t allow your home value to decrease because of tree root damage. Instead, get top dollar when selling your home by repairing uneven concrete first with PolyRenewal™ from Peak Structural. Our proven solution is designed to last, even in Colorado’s unique clay soil and commonly dry climate.

FAQs

Absolutely. Tree roots can damage your home in several different ways. For example, tree roots can invade your sewer system, damage your roof, cause injury from fallen branches, increase insects and pests, and damage your foundation

Arborists suggest planting trees about 15 feet away from your home. Depending on the tree species, some should be planted even further away.

Tree roots can and will grow through concrete, but it’s more likely to push the concrete out of the way while it looks for a source of water even though this is detrimental to both the concrete and the tree root itself. 

It’s not uncommon, however, to see tree roots grow through concrete pavers since they are lighter and easier to displace.

There are several ways tree roots can affect your foundation. 

Tree roots can add pressure to your home’s basement or crawl space walls, forcing them to crack and bow inward. Once cracked, water has an easy entry point. 

Even if tree roots don’t reach your foundation walls just yet, tree roots suck up such large amounts of water that it causes erosion, resulting in your home sinking

Tree roots under your foundation can cause heaving, and all these problems can mean costly foundation repair.

Peak Structural- Concrete Lifting Experts 

The local experts at Peak Structural are familiar with the damage tree roots can cause to your exterior concrete slabs. Our inspectors have seen thousands of homes and identified problems just like these. We offer free inspections to diagnose the problem best and will recommend the best solutions based on your unique home. 

Our team has developed and perfected the PolyRenewal™ System that will precisely lift your uneven slabs back to their original position. Schedule your free, no-obligation inspection today, and let us show you how our product is best for your DenverColorado Springs, and Grand Junction home.

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