Tapco HomeDry Lintel Repair Experts
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Lintel Repairs in London
A lintel is a beam that spans the top of doorways, windows, archways and fireplaces. It is a structural element in your home that helps to provide support to anything above the opening. They can also be decorative elements that make the tops of your doorways look more architecturally interesting.
Lintels are commonly made from steel or concrete, but they can also be made from timber or stone. They are essential for distributing the weight of the above walls to either side of the opening. When they fail, this can cause considerable catastrophic problems for your home. Identifying the early signs of a failing lintel can help you to repair it and restore it before more extensive repairs are required.
Problems with your lintel?
If you notice issues with your lintels, including buckling, cracks or issues with your door frames, this is a sign that you should call in the professionals. Once a lintel fails, this can leave the structure above your home at risk of collapsing.
It’s difficult to know if your lintel is purely decorative or if it is structural, but our team can help you to identify the difference. We will then create a plan to help restore the structural integrity of the lintel, and inspect other lintels in the property for the early signs of failure. Spotting this early could help to make this a far less expensive repair and avoid damaging your windows or doors.
What type of repairs do we offer?
Structural problems in London are varied and all-too-common. This commonly includes issues related to dampness, including rising damp. We can also assist with repairs to stone and concrete structures. Here are just some of the repairs we can assist with:
Cracks in your walls can be caused by a number of issues. We can help get to the bottom of the issue and rectify the problem at the source. Cracks may be the result of failed cavity wall ties or subsidence.
Structural anchoring allows us to take control of structural problems with any property. This can help to limit the potential for further failure and prevent collapse of walls or complete structures. We offer different types of anchoring as required.
Period properties are particularly at risk of lintel failure. Vertical, stepped cracks in your lintel and surrounding masonry can be a clear sign that your lintel has failed. This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
If you live in a timber structure home and your home has been subject to dry rot, there is a risk of structural damage to the frame. We can help eliminate dry rot and then restore timber structures to protect your property from collapse.
Structural issues can also arise from poor waterproofing measures. If the waterproofing measures in your home are insufficient or they have failed, we can help restore these to prevent damage to your property as a result of water ingress.
Why choose Tapco Homedry for lintel repairs?
If you have a question about lintel repairs, we’re here to assist you. Our team has over 50 years of experience helping homeowners to restore their properties and avoid catastrophic structural damage. Lintel repairs are just one of the many structural repair services we offer. If you’ve noticed cracks in your walls and around your windows or doors, we can help to protect your property.
We start with an extensive home survey to determine the cause of the damage and the extent of the damage. If your lintels have failed due to age, there is a chance that other parts of your home may also be showing signs of wear and tear. We can then provide recommendations for steps to take to protect the structural integrity of your home.
Can a lintel be repaired?
Yes, it is certainly possible to repair and lintel and restore the structural integrity of the property. The first step is to identify the type of lintel and the cause of the failure. From here, we can then determine the best option for replacing it. Replacing a lintel with a new beam will help to protect your home and avoid the risk of collapse.
If you have a timber lintel and this has failed as a result of dry rot, wet rot or woodworm, this could be a more extensive issue throughout your home. We can carry out a comprehensive survey to help identify the root cause of the issue and ensure that the rot is not present in other structural components of your home.
Is lintel failure serious?
Yes, lintel failure can be serious if it is ignored. While some lintels are purely decorative, others provide structural support for everything above the opening. Without this lintel in place, all of the structure above the lintel is at risk of collapsing, including the brickwork and roof. Swift intervention is recommended to avoid this.
You won’t know if your lintel is structural until you call in a structural expert. And you won’t know the cause of your lintel failure without expert support, either. Our team can help to restore the structural integrity of your home and help protect against further damage to window and door frames.
What causes lintel failure?
There are many reasons lintels can fail, including poor construction and age. The cause of the failure will likely be determined by the material used. For example, a timber lintel is more likely to fail because of wet rot or dry rot, while a stone lintel is more likely to fail due to older age or subsidence. We can help to identify the type of lintel you have and the likely cause of the failure so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward with the repair.