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Foundation Root Barrier


SKU LV-18-40-100

Our Foundation Root Barrier is a high density polyethylene (HDPE) sheet that can be used to protect a foundation from tree root damage. This product is sold as a long roll of commercial grade plastic that is waterproof, puncture resistant and UV resistant. It is flexbible and can be used in both commercial and residential applications. The barrier will not rot or mildew.

This barrier is commercial grade, non-biodegradable, and is resistant to rodent and insect damage. It is available in various thicknesses (40 mil to 100 mil) and various depths. It is made in the USA and if not in direct sunlight, has a 100 year material lifespan.


*The widest HDPE roll that we offer is currently 5’ (60 inches).

Please note that we are unable to provide custom roll lengths.

Plastic Sheeting

  • Material: High Density Polyethylene
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Size: Various
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  • Volume Pricing on Orders $6,500+
  • Questions? Call (800) 621-5381

Product Features

  • Waterproof
  • Commercial Grade
  • UV Resistant
  • Will Not Rot or Mildew
  • Non-Biodegradable
  • Non-Resistant to Rodent and Insect Damage
  • 100 Year Material Lifespan
  • Made in the USA


  • Ships Free (standard ground, see map)
  • Expedited shipping only available on orders over $2,000

Shipping estimates shown on the map pertain to this specific product only. HDPE orders typically ship same day if the order is placed before 12:00 noon CST. Transit times displayed in the map are listed in business days, and are approximate. Transit times are subject to stock levels at regional warehouses. The day that the order is shipped is not counted as a transit day.

Thickness comparison

The below is a thickness comparison of the material. HDPE plastic thickness is measured in "mils" which is "thousands of an inch".

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Learn How Tree Roots Can Damage Your Foundation

If you wonder if tree roots can damage your foundation, the answer is yes! In this article, we will go over questions placed to us and answer your questions about tree roots and foundations. You should know that services involved in foundation repairs do not remove trees or relocate them or any other form of plant. You will have to contact an arborist or a qualified landscaper to get answers regarding your chances of running into your foundation being damaged.

Protect Your Foundation From Invasive Roots

Outside of removing the tree, you can install a root barrier to prevent roots from getting too close to your foundation. Roots barriers are made of plastic or metal and placed around the tree stump below the surface which forces the roots to grow downward instead of laterally toward your foundation causing a lot of damage.

Are There Certain Trees That Should Not Be Planted Near Your Foundation?

Trees that come with aggressive root systems that grow laterally instead of downward should never be planted near your home and/or foundation. Some trees include the following:

House with large tree

Front Yard with Large Tree

Hybrid Poplars

These trees are used for plywood, lumber, and energy but are not chosen trees for landscaping. They have been altered and fertilized for faster growth using pollen from other tree species. In general, they live approximately 15 years growing on homeowner's property.


Willows come in a variety including Weeping Willows, Austree Willows, and Corkscrew Willows. Their roots are always seeking moisture from many sources including leaking irrigation, septic, and sewer lines. Due to their very shallow root system the roots can lift sidewalks, damage foundations, and crack most paved surfaces. Also, because the roots are so close to the surface, it can be very difficult to mow your lawn.

American Elms

American Elms are another moisture-seeking tree whose roots will penetrate sewer lines and drain pipes. If the roots make their way under your foundation, you will have problems. The roots will absorb a lot of moisture from the soil and leave pockets in dry areas. In turn, this will lead to settlement problems causing your foundation to settle and sink into empty spaces.

Silver Maples

Silver Maples have shallow roots that usually show up on the surface of your property. Be warned! Keep these trees far away from your foundation, driveway, and sidewalks. If you have these trees, it will be very difficult to grow other plants under the tree or close by because the tree's roots will take up most of the space.

There are other trees with aggressive root systems and should not be planted anywhere near your house or foundation. White Ash, Pine, Oak, Cottonwood, and Aspen are trees to avoid. If you can contact a tree expert, they will tell you that a regular tree should be placed at least 10 feet away from your foundation, and trees with aggressive roots should be placed at least 25 to 50 feet away from the foundation.

If you have several trees that belong on this list, either have the trees removed or check their roots. If damage to your foundation has taken place, dig around the circumference of the foundation and cut the roots back. If you have a tree with too many roots but want to keep it, talk to an arborist and ask them to install a tree root barrier.

House With Old Tree

Old Tree in Front Yard

Damage On The Foundation From Tree Roots

The first way is direct contact with your foundation and the second way the roots are absorbing too much moisture from the soil below your home.

Damage From Direct Contact -
When roots come in contact with your foundation, they will continue to grow becoming larger and eventually damaging the foundation over time.

Moisture & Soil -
Your foundation was probably poured over compacted soil. Since then, aggressive roots have climbed under the foundation absorbing most of the moisture in the soil creating empty spaces. Should the roots die, they will leave behind a lot of pockets. As the empty spaces grow larger, your foundation will lose support and settle in the soil under the weight of your home.

What Trees Do Not Have Aggressive Roots

Some of the most popular trees for landscaping include Crabapples, Star Magnolias, Eastern Redbuds, and Serviceberry. Considering not all trees have aggressive roots, it's a good idea to consult with an arborist to find out what trees are safe for planting near your foundation.

House with Tree Close to it

Tree Close to House

Cutting Down Trees Too Close To Your House?

It's not necessary to cut down trees that are close to your home. Not all trees are attracted to the soil under the foundation and will not cause problems now or in the future. There are many trees that spread their roots out to other places. If you are not sure, consult with an arborist or a foundation repair service.

Will Tree Roots Break Into A Concrete Foundation?

Tree roots can only get into a concrete foundation if there are cracks or other openings for them to climb into. This is the same for sewer pipes. Tree roots that are not attracted to the soil under your foundation, will spread out to other areas away from the foundation. Tree roots will only get into sewer pipes if there is a weak seal or a crack leaking water into the soil. Tree roots will direct their attention to items such as pipes and cracks. If that happens, the roots can grow and cause serious problems.