Home Design: Repairing Cracked Lintel
By definition, a lintel is a a block of horizontal in structure spanning a space or opening between two vertical structural supports, that is often found over doors, windows, portals and fireplaces. The common problem among houses or buildings of all ages is lintel failure, especially common in old or historical properties posing a safety serious threats. Old or historical lintels has the tendency to sag and crack overtime causing potential collapse. Lintel failure often is a result of window replacement caused by window load bearing removal. Often, historical lintel settlements may have unnoticeable serious defects causing lintel failure.
In order to retaining the facade aesthetics, majority of cases lintel repairs are straight forward using pinning ties and bed joint replacements in combination with resin injection systems also restoring the lintel’s structural integrity.
The best lintel repair is resetting the lintel and repointing or rebuilding the brickwork above, refitting the window. Poor lintel repairs are caused by repointing cracks when brick works rest in a new frame, however may cause a potential collapse above the opening when the window will be replaced the next time. For inadequate bearings, the lintel will drop and the cracks will appear, though some older properties with huge stone lintels may pass the test of time. To repair this, lintel replacement is highly recommended, but sometimes repointing the lintel may be sufficient until the door or window is replaced. Loads applied above the lintel opening often happen above the lintels of first floors, wherein the roof purlins are installed directly above the openings of windows, causing too much load by downward pressure resulting to cracking and lintel failure. The decision whether lintel replacement is necessary or simply repointing of cracks, is usually based on the age and severity of the cracks.
We can definitely help you through our lintel failure solutions with our good professional partnership with different contractors who offers different schemes for window replacements among private and social houses at a very reasonable cost, allowing safe door and window removal. We guarantee all restoration lintel design schemes through our insurance coverage because we are one of the leading specialists in lintel repairs. Our team of expert structural engineers work together in providing recommendations if the lintel problem requires a structural plan and our team also provides a detailed cost estimate. Our staff are very helpful and accommodating, from the initial bid, follow-up, scheduling, actual work and clean up, we provide an excellent job every time. Our project managers and the entire crew promise to help you achieve your construction goals and would be happy to work with you, especially for lintel replacements and repairs, so feel free to contact us anytime.
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