Lintel Repairs

Most people associate damaged lintels with older homes, but nowadays we replace lintels on houses as new as two years old.The reason for this is that new homes are often built without any flashing or the flashing is too thin above openings in brickwork or it’s installed wrong.This allows moisture to rust unprotected steel lintel which in turn cracks the brickwork and mortar joints. The longer the rusted lintels are in place the more damage it causes to the brickwork resulting in higher cost of repair. Another common problem with lintels above garage doors and with openings more than six feet wide is that the steel angle iron (lintels) are too narrow in width and thickness and are not bolted to the headers(wood framing. This causes sagging and then cracking in the brickwork. Whatever amount of rust you see on the lintel, it’s five times worse behind the brickwork.

 

Damaged Lintel

Rusted Lintel Sample

 

Rusted And Unbolted Lintel

Rusted and unbolted lintels will cause the brickwork to crack.  If corrected early, it can be repaired without taking down the whole gable of brickwork.  If let go, the whole gable will have to be taken down, which usually triples the repair cost.

Rusted & Unbolted Lintel Other Side Of Damaged Lintel Rusted Steel Lintel In 7yr Old Home
Lintel Must Be Bolted To Header Or It Will Sag & Cause Brickwork To Crack Shoring Poles Holding Up Brickwork, Above Through The Wall Flashing With Termination Bar Shoring Poles To Support Brickwork While Repairs Are Underway
Project Completed

 

 

Lintle Damaging Brickwork

 

 

Damaged Small Lintel Repair

Larger Lintel Repair

Shoring Poles To Support Bricks For Lintle Repair Rusted Lintel Too Close To The Face Of The Brick Flashing Around Window
Rusted Lintel New Galvanized Lintel Bolted To Header View Of Galvanized Lintel Bolted To Header To Prevent Sagging. Similar Situation To Garage Door.