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Protect Against Structural Damage with a Root Barrier

If tree roots are left unchecked, they can cause severe structural damage which will cost money and time. As a homeowner, you can combat this situation by having root barrier installations. Root barriers have been used over the years with the primary purpose of redirecting root growth. This redirection is meant to keep roots from growing under sidewalks, driveways, and other infrastructure. This kind of protection ends up preserving the foundation of such infrastructures and increasing their lifespan.

Roots that form under an infrastructural foundation will eventually dry out the surrounding soil. Adamant roots will go ahead and invade pipes, so when plumbing problems arise, you will have to call a plumber. Root barrier installation is a preventive tool that is cheaper than the repairs you’d have to do after damages occur.

Types of root barriers

The barrier can be treated soil that is sectioned off in zones or a solid object such as sheet metal or plastic. The solid plastic or metal act as root deflectors and can handle more intensive site impacts. Treated soil contains chemical inhibitors such as cupric carbonate (CuCO3) that inhibits root growth. However, the chemicals gradually lose their strength and effectiveness.

How long will root barriers last?

If you install a barrier made of a solid object such as concrete or plastic, you should expect longevity. However, the longevity of barriers made of chemically treated soil will be dependent on the amount of water that reaches the treated soil. You should expect the treated soil barrier to last for five years on average.

Benefits of a tree root barrier

Installing a root barrier is quick, and a tree care company can help you fix the type of barrier of your choice. It also causes minimal disruption to the soil while maintaining the growth of vegetation. This installation process can also take place during any nesting season as it does not interfere with the lives of birds and bats living on the tree.

While tree health care is essential, you also need to protect nearby infrastructure from root damage. Tree Medics in Tampa can install root barriers on your property. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. One of our skilled arborists will come out to asses your property and provide you with an affordable project estimate.

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