Tree Roots Growing Big And Strong Can Mean Folding And Buckling Concrete Slabs

Aug 25, 2021 | Concrete Leveling, Home Maintenance

Many tree species in the Shreveport and Bossier City area are known to grow to be absolutely enormous. Locals from Shreveport, Louisiana are likely familiar with the famous Slattery oak tree which, if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what we’re talking about. And, as it may be a fun place for people of all ages to go and admire or climb on, it also raises some concern as to the root system and the potential damage it could cause to homes’ foundations, surrounding streets, and buckling concrete sidewalks. 

This behemoth may be the most well known in the area but it surely isn’t the only monster oak around. In fact, there are hundreds just like it sprinkled all over the metro area. Some of those surrounding properties haven’t been so lucky as to have avoided root damage to foundations or concrete slabs nearby.

Buckling Concrete From Tree Roots Underneath

The shade provided by a large tree can be a godsend on a hot and humid summer day in Louisiana. Whether it’s a cypress, spanish moss, or a huge black oak, these native species are sure to give you and your family a nice area to sit around and enjoy the outdoors without having to sweat the heat too much. It’s said, however, that the area a tree covers above ground can be tripled in circumference underground by a massive root system. Some of our native Shreveport and Bossier City trees are bound to have roots that are infiltrating the area around your home, driveway, walkways, and back patios.

Roots that make their way underneath your concrete surfaces and continue to grow in girth will push out the surrounding soil around them as they expand. This is the cause for many concrete slabs to be pushed up and start to fold. Buckling concrete is not only an eyesore but a significant risk to your neighbor’s safety and to your wallet.

Huge tree right next to home and sidewalk may spell disaster in the future

Waiting Could Cause Legal And Replacement Fees

If your buckling concrete driveway or sidewalks are pushed up over two inches from proper levels and major cracks are forming, it may be too late for repairs. That means a concrete re-pouring is in your near future. A full replacement is going to cost way more than nipping the problem in the bud and removing those problem tree roots early on.

Not to mention, if the problem is put off even longer and a passerby happens to trip over that displaced concrete slab, you could be liable as the property owner. Don’t get caught up in litigation expenses for something as avoidable as uneven concrete sidewalk slabs. Take care of the tripping hazard issue today and keep your concrete surfaces as even as possible. The cost of the alternative is just not worth the risk

  • Concrete driveway replacement cost on average just over $4,000
  • Concrete sidewalk replacement can vary depending on the stretch of sidewalk needing replacement but is typically anywhere between $1,000 – $2,000
  • Legal fees for injury due to negligence on your property is obviously dependent on medical expenses, lost wages, and pain/suffering. A settlement could be anywhere from $10,000 – $40,000.

The Next Generation Of Olympians Need Driveways And Sidewalks To Practice On

The Tokyo Olympics have just concluded and if you have kids running around your house, it might be the case that they’ll be wanting to be part of the next generation of Olympians. If your yard and concrete surfaces look like many in the Shreveport and Bossier City area, however, that could be a bit of a difficult task to undertake. Practicing and honing basketball or skateboarding skills on a sunken driveway or bucking walkway isn’t an ideal scenario for potentially elite athletes.

girl falls off her skateboard due to buckling concrete slabs

Tree Roots Under Driveways Causing Havoc

It’s obviously nice to have trees out in the front yard for a multitude of reasons. They provide shade, are fun for kids to climb. They Look great in the fall with the color change and white in the winter with a fresh coat of snow. If their roots have already worked their way underneath your driveway, however, it’s only a matter of time before they begin to expand outward and upward to ruin your flat concrete driveway surface! If you see any rise in driveway slabs, it’s best to get the experts out as soon as possible to deal with the problem early on.

Tree Roots Breaking Sidewalks Apart

We’ve all seen a sidewalk or two that has really taken a beating. Whether it’s time, weather, or other contributing factors like tree roots coming up from underneath, it’s necessary to perform maintenance when needed to make sure your sidewalks and walkways remain operational. The last thing anyone needs is having a bad injury occurring on their property, especially if it is one that is easily avoidable. Make sure your sidewalks aren’t riddled with buckling concrete due to overgrown tree roots!

Tree Root Removal Under Concrete Slabs

Let’s be honest, sometimes as humans we bite off more than we can chew. We look at something and think to ourselves, “I can do that”. Unfortunately, some things just aren’t meant to be done with DIY unless you really dive head first into it and end up buying more equipment and machinery than a professional would have cost in the first place.

Tree root and stump removal services are more often than not in that category of jobs that is best left done for the professionals. They know how and where to cut those roots so the tree won’t die. They have the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently so that you are not left with a bunch of holes in your lawn for weeks or months at a time. The professional service is only going to cost you around $300 – $1,000. This varies depending on how many roots need to be removed. Save yourself time and money and just call the experts!

Avoid the huge risks of DIY root removal and call your local tree root and stump removal company today for a consultation.

Greenstar Insulation Will Secure And Seal Your Concrete Slabs After Root Removal

After all is said and done, those professionals probably did a great job at removing your invasive roots from underneath your concrete surfaces. Unfortunately any time you move dirt around like that it’s likely to shift or settle over time. That’s where we come in! 

Greenstar Insulation are your local concrete leveling experts to make sure those heavy concrete slabs stay in place securely for years to come. We will level and seal your concrete driveways, sidewalks and patios back to optimal levels and conditions so that you won’t have to worry about any of those concrete surfaces again for a long long time. 

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