Hardscapes (sidewalks and infrastructure) are constructed either for function or aesthetics. No matter what purpose it may serve, no property owner wants to see these costly land improvements go to waste.
To maintain balance, hardscapes are usually accompanied by landscapes that often include living flora (i.e., trees, bushes, plants, and flowers.) What's a property without a bit of life, right? These plants complete the look that property owners are trying to achieve. Yet, while their added aesthetic purpose can be left unquestioned, you never really know what happens underneath the surface.
The Problem with Roots in Lewisville
As trees grow older, they tend to develop deep root systems that, if left unmanaged, can damage the sidewalk or neighboring infrastructure such as houses. In the picture, you can see that this client from Lewisville, Texas, has some trees surrounding their property.
A homeowner from Lewisville contacted us after they saw an e-mail we sent about how it becomes easier to maintain the longevity of your foundation strength when you use a root barrier. They then informed us of this humongous tree they had in their front yard which caused a great worry to them.
If left unattended, over time, the roots might grow further into the property damaging the exterior landscaping that the client worked hard on to achieve. Additionally, they may also disrupt the irrigation systems underneath the client's topsoil, which may cause bigger problems in the future. Sure enough, when we conducted a site visit, we then confirmed that the tree has grown too large, and the roots were inching closer to the foundation of the house.
Ideally, root barriers should be installed before putting a tree in place to properly direct the roots from the start and avoid disruption to the root system, but this wasn't the case for the client. The trees were quite close to the landscaping exterior of the house, and the landscaping exterior is made out of stone and brick. Over time, as the roots grew, they caused damage to these materials.
The Installation Process of Root Barriers
We started by excavating a trench at the front of their house, relative to the size of the tree. Then, we installed 25 feet of root barrier to redirect any roots. In a way, this is the least invasive process best fit for the job as it only entailed laying down sheet materials barriers (made up of high-density polyethylene) into the trench that we dug up in the client's property.
Tidying Up After the Job
As we finished up the job, we made sure our client's front lawn would still look great. So we cleanly covered it up with the same topsoil that we excavated earlier. Looking at the final product, the client could barely tell that we dug up a really trench hours earlier!
At Permatech Foundation Repair, we always take into consideration our clients’ needs and budget. You will always get trustworthy services that can solve all your root problems. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, evaluate it, and determine the best solution. If you need root barriers, we’re here to help. Call or text us at 214-326-0718 today. We’ll get the job done for you on time, on budget.