Lintel repairs, renew or installation by Superpoint. Phone 0800 689 4698
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Lintel repair or renew

One of the most common yet serious structural problems that can affect a house or out building is lintel failure. Above most windows and doors you should have some form of lintel. Commonly these are brick lintels, steel lintels or concrete lintels but can also be made of wood. The first signs of a problem with a lintel are usually cracks in the masonry above the windows and doors.

When lintels fail, they often cause vertical cracks to appear in the surrounding masonry. Vertical stepped cracks in the brickwork are therefore the clearest evidence that your lintel has failed.

You will generally see vertical cracks appearing diagonally up and in from the top corners of the windows. Lintels generally bow downwards when they fail, which forces the brickwork up and inwards resulting in cracks and bulging masonry. With failed lintels, the cracks shouldn’t extend beyond the width of the window or door.

Picture shows typical damage caused by a failing lintel.

lintel failing damage

If you notice cracks above a window or door it will often be the first indication that you have a lintel failure. It’s important to establish the root cause of the cracking look for evidence that the lintel is cracked or blown. The 3 main causes would be structural movement, moisture and changing your windows and doors.

Problems with lintels are often noticed when hardwood windows are being replaced, usually with new uPVC windows. Before agreeing to install new windows check you have lintels or the condition of any lintels there are going to be up to the job. If you have any doubts ask me for an assessment before undertaking any work to prevent running into expensive problems later.

If you have any doubts or concerns about cracking and defects ask me for a free and no obligation quote as it is important to deal with these problems before a total failure. I can repair or replace the lintel if there is just some small cracks and beginning to fail but it is a much more serious if it fails completely as the masonry above it could collapse. Not only is this bad news for the building it could cause serious damage to anyone nearby so always worth having an inspection.

Repair in progress by Superpoint.

lintel repair in progress

Superpoint owner Sam Yandall has been in the business for over 20 years and as a qualified bricklayer before setting up his own company South Downs Brickwork. Sam wanted to focus the business on re-pointing so rebranded as Super Point in 2016 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. He is now working as far afield as Horsham, Haywards Heath, and Brighton where customers are happy to pay towards his travel costs. If you are in the local area of Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel and Worthing there is no surcharge. He is happy to travel to where the work is and takes a lot of pride in job satisfaction. Note the Free phone number 0800 689 4698 is likely to be charged if you are phoning from a mobile phone but feel free to use the form and Sam will contact you as soon as time allows.

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