FAQ About Root Barriers

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How long does it take to install root barriers?

The duration of root barrier installation varies based on the scope of the job. Smaller projects can often be completed in half a day, while more extensive installations may require a full day or, in the case of large projects, two days.

Why should I install a root barrier system?

Installing a root barrier system is crucial for preventing foundation problems caused by tree roots. Up to fifty percent of home foundation issues stem from the invasive nature of tree roots, especially problematic during hot, dry summers. Roots extract moisture from clay soils, leading to issues like Settlement.

What type of material do you use for your root barriers?

We utilize a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) barrier roll measuring 36″ x 80′, with a substantial thickness of 100 mil (2.54 millimeters). This durable plastic material, widely used in landfills, boasts an estimated lifespan of 100 years or more.

How deep is the root barrier?

Our root barrier installations reach a depth of 3 feet, ensuring effective redirection of tree roots away from your home’s foundation.

Do tree roots grow under the root barrier after you install it?

Typically, the root barrier is installed outside the tree’s drip line. Roots that grow beyond the drip line, close to the ground surface, are redirected along the barrier, away from the house. In cases where a tree is too close to the house, and a significant portion of its canopy is above the roof, we consult with homeowners on suitable options, which may include tree removal.

How close can a tree root barrier be installed to a house?

Tree root barriers should be no closer than 3 feet to a home’s foundation and at least 10 feet from the tree.

Myths Debunked:

Most trees have roots that only extend to their drip line (the outermost circumference of the tree’s canopy).

False. Most trees have a root structure extending 2 or 3 times the distance of the tree’s drip line. Roots beyond the drip line are critical for water absorption.

Most tree roots are deep under the ground level and thus protected.

False. While some roots near the trunk are woody and tough, the essential roots for water absorption are closer to the surface. Construction equipment can compact and damage these roots, especially those extending beyond the drip line.