Is That An Oak Tree in Your Wood Deck?

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Is That An Oak Tree in Your Wood Deck?

Oak Tree Growing through a wood deck


It is not uncommon to see oak trees growing up through a wood deck in the Sacramento area. Oak trees provide shade, and it is a special look that many enjoy. Often times the oak tree cannot be removed, they are protected. Done correctly the tree can be a unique feature to the home.

There can be a problem though. The tree will be growing and if you do not allow for growth it may cause damage to the deck. Probably the best method is to periodically trim the opening as the tree grows. The tree in the photo grew until the hole was too small and the tree lifted the deck over time. In fact this deck is supported by the tree; it has risen 6” off the pier blocks.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It sounds like a ligitamate concern Nina, those big trees can be frightening in a storm.

February 27, 2013 06:43 PM
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Tom Esposito
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Nice post.  Seems like a great idea to have a shade tree growing through the deck.  As you say, make sure the hole is large enough.  I wouldn't want my deck 5 feet off the ground. 

February 27, 2013 06:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I wasn't there to do an inspection Bob, I really didn't notice the tree having problems. All the leaves were down, so I don't know enough about what to look for. I'm sure you could tell me lots by looking at it though.  :)

February 27, 2013 07:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I see it now Ric.

February 27, 2013 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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That could be some serious stress on those boards Keith.

February 27, 2013 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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That's funny Lyn, maybe there should be an aptitude test for homeownership. :)

February 27, 2013 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
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You would think that someone would have said something Marte.

February 27, 2013 07:14 PM
Rainmaker
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I've seen photos of those types of homes, and wondered the same thing Bob.

February 27, 2013 07:14 PM
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Not to mention the potential for wood destroying insects Bob.

February 27, 2013 07:15 PM
Rainmaker
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The sun was beautiful today for sure Elisa

February 27, 2013 07:15 PM
Rainmaker
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As long as the wood framing is set back far enough, you are right - pretty simple Jill.

February 27, 2013 07:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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There is opportunity in these sorts of situations Annett, you just need one buyer.

February 27, 2013 07:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Pat & Wayne - That would be a unique home.  :)

February 27, 2013 07:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I agree Rebecca, better safe than sorry for me.

 
February 27, 2013 07:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Tom - We all have different tastes, some like it and some do not.

February 27, 2013 07:16 PM
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
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I've seen several like that over the years. The most "unusual place" that I've seen a tree that was left was on the side of the road. The curb went around it and there was a large semi-circle jutting into the street.

February 27, 2013 07:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Sounds memorable, you probably remember the city you saw it too Travis.

February 27, 2013 07:53 PM
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Paddy Deighan JD PhD
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I ahve noticed this many times....they build the deck with little tolerance around the tree and as the tree grows the deck needs to be replaced

February 28, 2013 02:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Paddy - Some routine checking may help in preventing the deck destruction.

February 28, 2013 06:21 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
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I knew a guy that had a tree growing into the middle of his home.  That was some time ago though.

February 28, 2013 10:46 AM
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