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Tree Roots and Concrete: Planning, Problems, and Solutions

Adding trees to your property will increase aesthetic appeal and value as well as purify the air. Unfortunately, trees planted near sidewalks, driveways, and patios may end up creating uneven, buckled, or collapsed concrete due to naturally expanding and thickening root systems. Tree roots can grow dozens of feet away from the trunk in search of water and they have a tendency to seek out soil that is non-compacted and oxygen-rich—like the soil under sidewalks and driveways. It is important to take proactive measures with planting to prevent future problems as well as make the best decisions for both your concrete and the tree if you are faced with roots that are already causing damage. 

Planning and Prevention

Lack of planning and/or proper information regarding tree locations will often lead to problems down the road. Do your research prior to planting a tree. Before choosing a location you should be aware of a tree's species, potential growth, and root spread capacity. Most importantly, you should choose a tree whose roots are specifically classified as non-invasive. Advanced planning will help you develop a tree care system and reduce to chance of buckled and cracked concrete. 

If Problems Arise, Don’t DIY!

If you are faced with tree roots disrupting your concrete, don’t ignore the problem since invasive roots will only continue to cause damage. You should also not attempt to remove a tree or a portion of its root system on your own. Incorrectly trimming roots can harm your tree, making it more likely to weaken or even topple and some species can die after losing even a small fraction of their roots. Only an expert should attempt to cut tree roots. Partner with a local arborist to find out the best course of action for your situation.

Trust the Concrete Experts at Concrete Resurfacing Products, Inc.

If a tree root has damaged your concrete, dont assume that you will have to replace the concrete entirely. Concrete Resurfacing Products, Inc. can repair, reinforce, and revitalize your concrete surfaces, giving them new texture, color and interest that will enhance the value of your property. Concrete Resurfacing has been renovating concrete surfaces for homeowners and business owners throughout the Atlanta area for over 20 years. We look forward to helping you repair your damaged concrete, making your space even more beautiful and enjoyable. Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation estimate!



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