How much does a tree weight?

Trees are much heavier than they look

Trees are much heavier than they look

How much does a tree weigh?

Wind/Tree damaged house

Wind/Tree damaged house

This is not a question that we think of often but after a storm the answer is clear. Trees are much more massive and heavier than we imagine. 

A trees weight can be determined with an algorithm based on the species of tree. You will need the diameter and approx, height of the tree. Remember you can wrap a tape measure around the tree and get the circumference and then divide by pi (3.1416) to get diameter. 

Here is a sample of these algorithms: 

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Example:  An 80 foot hardwood tree with a 24” diameter has a weight that can exceed 20,000 pounds.  A 50-foot pine tree with a 12” diameter has a weight of more than 2000 pounds. These algorithms calculate the total weight of a tree including root.  Full size hardwoods can exceed 50 tons. The weight if the tree root system below ground level is approximately 20% of the total tree weight.

Hopefully, you are reading this prior to incurring any storm/tree damages and not after a storm trying to calculate the weight of your fallen tree in order to determine the size crane you must hire to remove the tree from your damaged home.

Crane removing large tree after wind storm

Crane removing large tree after wind storm

Trees give us shade, beauty and wildlife but they should be kept at a safe distance from your home.  At Temporary Repair we have seen trees cause damages ranging from tree branch roof punctures to the trunk of a large hardwood that penetrated the roof and both floors of a 2-story home; completely slicing the home like a cake. We have seen storm fallen trees that have enter bedrooms and crushed beds.  We have seen numerous trees on top of a single home.  We have seen homes with

more than a dozen trees down and every one just missed the home. Each and every fallen tree has its own set of unique removal requirements. 

Some small trees can be removed from the home in small sections, small enough to able to be lifted by a tree removal team.  Large trees cannot be cut in section small enough to be lifted by humans and must be lifted off of a home with a crane.  Long reach tree removal cranes can lift a tree section by section up and over your house even if the tree is in the rear yard and not directly accessible. Tree removals before or after a storm is very technical and dangerous task so please always seek a tree professional. Temporary Repair works with many tree companies nationwide and can coordinate your roof tarping as soon as the tree removal has been completed.

May your yard be filled with fallen leaves and not fallen trees.