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.

Feb 27, 2013 06:43 PM #91
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Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

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. 

Feb 27, 2013 06:51 PM #92
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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.  :)

Feb 27, 2013 07:06 PM #93
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I see it now Ric.

Feb 27, 2013 07:07 PM #94
Rainmaker
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That could be some serious stress on those boards Keith.

Feb 27, 2013 07:07 PM #95
Rainmaker
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That's funny Lyn, maybe there should be an aptitude test for homeownership. :)

Feb 27, 2013 07:07 PM #96
Rainmaker
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You would think that someone would have said something Marte.

Feb 27, 2013 07:14 PM #97
Rainmaker
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I've seen photos of those types of homes, and wondered the same thing Bob.

Feb 27, 2013 07:14 PM #98
Rainmaker
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Not to mention the potential for wood destroying insects Bob.

Feb 27, 2013 07:15 PM #99
Rainmaker
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The sun was beautiful today for sure Elisa

Feb 27, 2013 07:15 PM #100
Rainmaker
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As long as the wood framing is set back far enough, you are right - pretty simple Jill.

Feb 27, 2013 07:15 PM #101
Rainmaker
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There is opportunity in these sorts of situations Annett, you just need one buyer.

Feb 27, 2013 07:15 PM #102
Rainmaker
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Pat & Wayne - That would be a unique home.  :)

Feb 27, 2013 07:16 PM #103
Rainmaker
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I agree Rebecca, better safe than sorry for me.

 
Feb 27, 2013 07:16 PM #104
Rainmaker
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Tom - We all have different tastes, some like it and some do not.

Feb 27, 2013 07:16 PM #105
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
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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.

Feb 27, 2013 07:46 PM #106
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Sounds memorable, you probably remember the city you saw it too Travis.

Feb 27, 2013 07:53 PM #107
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Paddy Deighan JD PhD
Aston McLaren Inc - Vail, CO
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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

Feb 28, 2013 02:34 AM #108
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Paddy - Some routine checking may help in preventing the deck destruction.

Feb 28, 2013 06:21 AM #109
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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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.

Feb 28, 2013 10:46 AM #110
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