Lintel Failure

What Are Lintels?

Lintels are horizontal beams that offer load bearing support across a space between two vertical points, such as over a window, door or fireplace. The lintel supports the weight of the masonry above.

Concrete Lintel
A concrete lintel above a window

Typically, lintels are made from concrete or steel, although older properties may have wooden lintels. In older properties with wooden-framed windows, the lintel can be built into the window itself. Modern lintels can be fully insulated to reduce thermal bridging.

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