Chicago Lintel Replacement


A lintel is a timber, stone, concrete, or steel support that lays across the top of a door, window, or any opening in a building. Its purpose is to transfer the loads coming from the wall above the frame to the walls on either side, providing additional support to prevent excessive wear on the structure.

Damaged lintel causes the masonry to lose structure

Early signs of lintel failure include cracked bricks or cracked exterior walls around a window or a door. These typically take the form of diagonal stepped cracks that run through it, either inside the structure or on the outside. As the damage progresses, the lintel will start to visibly sag. If you notice cracked or stressed bricks on your home, contact CTC Masonry for a free inspection. We are the specialists in Chicago for lintel replacement and brick, concrete, wood, or stone lintel repair and are more than happy to help with your project.

Damaged Lintel

Lintel failure is a common problem with lintels of all types and in properties of all ages. As time passes, lintels can fail and sag, causing the masonry above them to drop and crack. This causes the door or window to lose structural integrity, and the overhead masonry can potentially collapse as a result. Contact CTC Masonry today to get started on your brick, wood, or stone lintel replacement or repair.

Some common causes of lintel deterioration…

  • Improper installation 
  • Material failure due to natural aging
  • Climate-induced rusting
  • Physical damage due to an outside force (i.e. motor vehicle impact)

Lintel failure can be the root cause of many masonry-related issues on a wall. Rusting lintels tend to expand vertically and horizontally, causing cracks in the mortar and/or brick. This can potentially destabilize the structure of the wall.  Additionally, lackluster or improper flashing may hasten the deterioration process. This can also allow water to penetrate the inside of the building and result in costly water damage.

How to Repair Concrete or Metal Lintels

If you have concrete lintels, you may be able to patch cracks if you notice them early enough. However, because they contain metal reinforcements, there’s still a chance that these could be rusting inside the concrete. Once they deteriorate, the lintel will need to be replaced. In the case of lintels made entirely of metal, there is a chance that damage can be repaired with an injection of specialized resin. This can be a complex and delicate process, which is why it’s best to call us for expert Chicago lintel replacement so nothing is left to chance.

How to Perform Wood, Stone, or Masonry Lintel Repair

Lintels made from wood, stone, or masonry typically require the installation of helical bars to repair them. These are inserted directly above the failing lintel and grouted into place. These serve to provide added support for the weight of the structure and prevent further deterioration. In cases of more advanced damage, an additional set of bars may need to be installed a few rows above the lintel.

Contact Coast to Coast Masonry today and we will provide you with a detailed estimate on the cost of lintel replacement and repair. We also offer tuckpointing and brick repair services to restore your property to its original condition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How common is lintel failure?

Because most doors and windows feature a lintel, its failure is one of the most common structural issues property owners can face. Fortunately, calling Coast to Coast Masonry for full Chicago lintel replacement makes resolving these problems easier.

Do I need a structural engineer to replace a lintel?

Given how important lintels are for the structural integrity of your building, it’s generally considered a good idea to leave repairs or replacements to the experts. This ensures that you have all the proper expertise and experience working for you so you can be sure of the results.

Why does a lintel deteriorate?

There are a number of factors that can cause a lintel to start deteriorating. These include weathering, changes to the structure, dry rot, pest infestation, and more. In many cases, water seeping into the lintel is what leads to the most damage.

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