Do you want to install a new window in your current brick wall? Are you changing the interior of an old house?
First, you need to know how to install a lintel in an existing brick wall.
If you do not know the answer to this question, then you are in the right place. Here at Affordable Tuckpointing Pros LLC, we have experts and professionals that provide affordable and quality services catering to your masonry needs or to the repairs of your brick houses.
What a Lintel is and What You Need to Know about it
Lintels are the parts above an opening in a wall. They are installed in existing walls to support the load or the weight of any structure above the opening, be it a window or a small door. There are several types of lintels used in masonry.
They can be single angle lintels or steel beams with plates. More often than not, the wall cracks that we see in brick or masonry walls are due to defective installment or design of lintels.
There are several considerations in installing a lintel in an existing brick wall. For example, you need to consider the weight or the load which the lintel will have to carry. You also need to consider the stress that will be applied to the lintel by the load above the opening. Other considerations are the materials used in the wall, the maintenance, the moisture control and any movement problems.
How to Install a Lintel in an Existing Brick Wall
If you are placing a window or a door in your existing brick wall, it is really important to know how to fit a lintel in a solid wall. If not, there will be a great danger that the window, door or opening could cause structural cracks in your wall.
You must first know where you will put your opening and of course, mark it up. Do remember that lintels are placed above the bricks so you really have to be precise with your measurements.
Then you must create a gap or an opening for the lintel that you will place in between the gap. In the next step, you must know how to insert a supporting lintel since you will be placing this structural form inside the gap which you just created.
These steps might sound easy but you need to consult builders or engineers to ensure that creating an opening will not cause any damage to your house and that the lintels will do their work.
Affordable and Quality Masonry Services
Despite knowing how to install a lintel in an existing brick wall, it is still important to have a builder or structural engineer have a look at your home or your brick wall.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact us through our site. Our team of experts has the knowledge you need to get the job done right the first time! We will be happy to assist and help you in your masonry needs.