What is a lintel and what is their function?
Lintels are an essential element of architecture and they are a structural part in each brick building. They are L-shaped pieces made of steel located in the superior part of openings (windows and doors) on walls of a building made of masonry. Their function is to distribute the weight elsewhere (not in the opening) to save the doors and windows. The changing climatic conditions have a big impact on their durability. However, it’s much less expensive to hire a professional painter to do their maintenance than it would be to replace the lintels or the doors and windows that won’t open anymore.
The importance of lintel maintenance: protecting your building’s structure
Not maintaining your lintels could have disastrous consequences. Because they do support the weight of a building’s façade, a weakness in one of them could, in the worst scenarios, make the window underneath crack, or even make your wall collapse. If you don’t know when the last lintel maintenance job was done, avoid big headaches by asking our building painters to help. We recommend doing the maintenance each 10 years, with an annual inspection.