We Specialize in Steel Lintel Replacement & Installation
Enhance the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of your property with the trusted steel lintel installation services offered by Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. in Chicago. As a leading masonry contractor with a strong reputation for excellence, we understand the importance of properly installed steel lintels in brick restoration and ensuring long-lasting stability. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us provide you with top-notch steel lintel solutions.
What Is Lintel?
A lintel is a structural component used in construction to provide support above openings such as doors, windows, and openings in walls. It acts as a horizontal load-bearing element that transfers the weight of the structure above it to the surrounding walls or columns. There are different types of lintels, including concrete, steel, wood, and stone. The primary function of a lintel is to distribute the weight of the structure above an opening to the surrounding walls or columns, ensuring the stability and integrity of the building. Lintels also help prevent sagging, cracking, and structural failure around openings by providing adequate support and load-bearing capacity.
Signs Your Steel Lintel Needs a Replacement
There are several signs that indicate your steel lintel may require replacement. Here are the top signs to look out for:
- Visible Corrosion – If you notice significant rust or corrosion on the surface of your steel lintel, it is a clear indication of deterioration. Corrosion weakens the structural integrity of the lintel, making replacement necessary.
- Cracks or Bowing – Cracks or bowing in the steel lintel are signs of stress and potential structural failure. These issues can occur due to excessive load, settling of the building, or age-related deterioration. Prompt replacement is crucial to prevent further damage.
- Sagging or Uneven Masonry – If the masonry above the lintel appears to be sagging or uneven, it may indicate a failing lintel. A deteriorated or damaged steel lintel can no longer provide adequate support, leading to masonry displacement.
- Water Damage or Stains – Persistent water leaks around the area of the lintel can result in water damage and stains on the surrounding walls. This suggests a compromised lintel, which should be replaced to prevent further water infiltration and potential structural damage.
- Excessive Rust Staining – Rust stains on the masonry or visible discoloration around the lintel are signs of ongoing corrosion. If the rust stains are extensive and difficult to remove, it is an indication that the steel lintel has reached a state where replacement is necessary.
- Structural Shifts or Cracked Masonry – If you notice significant shifts or cracks in the masonry directly above or near the lintel, it suggests that the lintel is no longer providing proper support. This requires immediate attention and replacement to ensure the stability of the structure.
How Is Lintel Replaced?
Replacing a lintel involves several key steps. First, a thorough inspection is conducted to assess the condition of the existing lintel and surrounding masonry. Adequate support is then provided to the masonry above the lintel. The old lintel is carefully removed, and the area is cleaned and prepared. A new lintel, often made of steel, is measured, cut, and installed, ensuring proper alignment and support. Additional reinforcement may be added if necessary. The surrounding masonry is repaired and finished to match the existing aesthetics. A final inspection is conducted to ensure the integrity of the installation.
Contact Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc. Today
Elevate the strength and aesthetic appeal of your Chicago property with Soumar Masonry Restoration, Inc.‘s unrivaled steel lintel installation services. Our team of highly skilled masonry experts is dedicated to providing exceptional craftsmanship and ensuring the long-lasting stability of your brickwork. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and experience the superior steel lintel solutions we have to offer.