Brick has a reputation as one of the strongest and most durable building materials you can use. But this doesn’t mean that brick is immune to the wear and tear that any building structure will face over the years. It’s important to make sure that your brick is structurally sound to prevent warping or even collapsing. The lintel is an important part of your masonry to keep inspected and well-maintained to ensure the structural integrity remains secure. But many people may not know what a lintel is, much less how to keep their brick structures well-maintained. Luckily, we have you covered. Here are some helpful tips for handling lintel deterioration.
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Masonry materials are some of the best to use for construction projects, giving buildings a timeless look and a long lifespan. However, even masonry deteriorates over time, meaning you will eventually need some repairs. Here are four potential causes of masonry deterioration.
Older buildings that were constructed from masonry materials may not have used the best quality materials or had the best design. New technology and upgrades allows us to have better quality buildings and materials. Man made materials as well as natural materials aren’t always the best quality which can lead to masonry deterioration. In addition to this, if the maintenance isn’t kept up with and repairs aren’t made when needed, it can speed up the deterioration process.
Corrosion & Secondary Materials
A lot of older masonry buildings incorporated secondary materials into the design for added support. Things like iron alloys are put into a lot of buildings to help make them sturdier. However, though it helps with sturdiness, these materials are way more susceptible to corrosion. Corrosion can affect the capacity of the material as well as put a lot of pressure on the rest of the masonry. If corrosion gets too bad, it can lead to deterioration and require very expensive repairs or even restoration.
Over time, different natural factors can cause the building itself or the land underneath of it to move. Things like earthquakes or settlement of different materials over time can cause these movements. Masonry cracks are the first sign that there has been some type of movement in or around the building. You want to contact a professional if you notice masonry cracks so that they can help pinpoint the exact source, repair the cracks, and hopefully prevent them from recurring.
Depending on what type of masonry materials are used for a building, moisture infiltration can be an issue. Masonry buildings are designed to resist damage from things like the sun and water. However, even a well designed building can be subject to water damage if it isn’t maintenanced correctly. You want to keep the mortar in good shape at all times, making repairs when necessary. As mentioned earlier, you also want to look out for any cracks as well and get them fixed as soon as possible. These things can lead to moisture getting into the masonry, causing masonry deterioration.
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What exactly is a lintel? Most people do not have the slightest clue. A lintel is a structural beam above windows and doors that takes up the space between two vertical supports. They can be made from materials such as wood, concrete, stone and steel. Lintels do not last forever, so it is important to be aware of lintel deterioration. It can become extremely dangerous because debris can fall and a building’s structural integrity will be compromised. (more…)