Lintel Failure

Spotting the Signs

A lintel generally only holds the weight of the masonry directly above it, with a diminishing responsibility as the surrounding masonry takes the loads further up the structure. As a result, the most obvious sign of lintel failure is stepped "Christmas tree" cracking above an opening.

Rebuilt Lintel
A rebuilt lintel, clearly showing the failed masonry

Lintel failure may also manifest itself in the appearance of bowing masonry above an opening, as the window/door struggles with withstand the imposed loads.

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