How To Repair Asphalt Damaged By Tree Roots

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Asphalt driveways are a universally popular choice for many homeowners because of their durability and cost-effectiveness. However, they are not immune to damage, especially from tree roots. Tree roots can wreak havoc on an asphalt driveway, causing cracks, bumps, and other issues that can be unsightly and costly to repair.

We’re here to help you better understand how tree roots can damage your asphalt driveway, how to assess the extent of the destruction, and the steps you can take to repair and prevent future destruction. Whether you’re dealing with a minor driveway crack or significant structural issues, this guide will provide the information you need to protect your driveway and keep it in top condition for years to come. Let’s dive in!

Assessing The Damage

Before you can begin repairs, it’s essential to stop and assess the extent of the wear and tear to your driveway. Look for signs of tree root destruction, such as broken asphalt, bumps, and raised areas. Identify any roots that may be causing the destruction to your driveway and determine the best course of action. It can be helpful to mark any roots you think are causing issues with a small flag steaked in the ground or a spray-painted “x” to mark the root you plan to remove.

Identifying Problematic Tree Roots

Carefully and thoroughly examine your driveway for any trees that are causing problems. If you have trees planted near your driveway, start there, tracing roots, if possible, to the splinters in your driveway. Look for raised areas in the asphalt that indicate the presence of roots below the surface. Identify the location and size of the offending roots to measure the overall extent of the destruction. If you’re having trouble telling which roots are causing the problem or you have many trees in your yard, it may be worthwhile to consult an expert’s opinion.

Signs of Root Damage

Once you’ve identified the problematic roots, it’s time to repair and replace the asphalt in the affected areas. Start by thoroughly cleaning the area around the damaged portion to remove any debris or loose asphalt from your driveway. Asphalt can be very difficult to saw through and remove to get to the root causing the issues. We recommend consulting an expert for the best result. A professional asphalt paver can recommend the best way to repair a crack and fill any holes or bumps so that they are level and the overall look is clean and professional.  

Removing Problematic Roots

In some cases, the only way to repair the damage caused by a tree’s roots is to remove the problematic root altogether. This can be a challenging and labor-intensive process, so it’s best to consult with a professional tree removal service. Removing a large root yourself can result in the tree dying, which can cause more potentially expensive and destructive issues to your property. A professional arborist can safely remove the roots and tree stump without causing further destruction to your driveway.

Preventing Future Driveway Damage


Preventing future destruction from roots is key to maintaining a healthy and long-lasting driveway. Here are some of our top tips for keeping roots at bay;

Regular Driveway Maintenance

Giving your driveway a regular maintenance check is essential to keeping it in great condition. This includes filling in any cracks, sealing the surface, and keeping it clean of debris that could promote the growth of roots.

Install A Root Barrier

To prevent future destruction from roots, consider installing a root barrier along the edge of your driveway. These barriers can help redirect tree roots away from your driveway, encouraging them to grow in a different direction and preventing them from causing damages to your driveway in the future. Additionally, keeping up with regular maintenance checks can help you catch and fix any cracking early, preventing it from becoming a bigger, more costly problem in the future.

Repair Cracked Asphalt

Cracking in the asphalt can provide an entry point for roots to grow and cause further destruction. Repairing these breaks as soon as they appear can help prevent future issues.

Be Proactive: Protect Your Asphalt Driveway From Tree Root Damage

Being proactive about protecting your driveway from root destruction can save you time and money in the long run. If you’re installing a new tree in your yard, one of the best preventative measures you can take is to consider the placement of your tree as well as the kind of tree you’re planting. A landscaper can help recommend tree varieties that work with your yard and landscaping. Another preventative solution is to install a root shield when you plant a new tree. 

Hire A Professional

If you’re unsure about the extent of the destruction to your driveway, consider hiring a professional asphalt contractor to inspect your driveway for you. At Riley’s Asphalt, we can assess the destruction and recommend the best course of action to repair your driveway, ensuring that your driveway remains in top condition for years to come.