What is a lintel? A lintel is most commonly recognized as a beam that spans across the top of the opening of a garage door, pedestrian door, or window. If a home you manage has a window or door, it has a lintel. Like any part of the home, lintels require maintenance. If the brick wall above a garage door has cracks, or you notice a sagging lintel above a garage opening, it’s time for repair. This article will take a look at the lintel, causes of lintel failure, and when to consider brick and lintel repair.
Lintels play a support role for the home. Unlike beams that help transfer heavier structural loads throughout the house from the ground up, the primary function of the lintel is slightly different. A lintel supports the brick or stone veneer above it by transferring the weight of the load to the side walls. So, cracked bricks above a garage lintel do not usually reveal the presence of a serious structural or foundation issue.