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Lintel repairs are a serious structural repair that can affect your property. Lintels are used above openings in walls, doors and windows to support the weight above.
If your property is suffering cracks above or below these openings, doors or windows; then it could suggest a weakening of the lintel that needs to be repaired.
Repairs carried out using lintel reinforcement prevent the potential collapse of the external outer masonry, provide resistance against further cracking and strengthen the structure of the masonry as well as offering minimum disruption and a long-term solution.
During construction modern buildings use lintels made from steel or concrete, but in older properties they can be made from timber or even stone.
Depending on the age and the type of property, the lintel support could be failing due to natural deterioration, environmental factors such as the weather or is it through the timber being attacked by woodworm, dry rot or wet rot. Older properties are more susceptible to building deterioration due to the materials used.
If your property is suffering from cracks above or below windows, lintel repair may be required. Once signs are spotted, lintel repairs should be carried out by reinforcing the structural masonry with high grade stainless bars.
Once the signs of cracks in the masonry appear, it is essential the cracks are repaired and the root of the problem addressed. If the cracks are not repaired, this can lead to further structural problems and in extreme cases, may make the property unsafe.
Unfortunately, ignoring the suspected lintel failure will gradually lead to the problem getting worse. The general rule of thumb is that the sooner you attend to the structural issue the less it will cost in terms of cost, time and inconvenience for yourself to repair.
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