Concrete Lintels (34 Products)
When it comes to reinforcing the structural integrity of a building, prestressed concrete lintels are essential. Not only do they accept multiple types of surface finishes without additional preparation, but their wide range of sizes and loadings make them an economical choice - resulting in fewer joints, reduced costs, and increased strength-to-section ratios. Build with confidence on your next construction project with our concrete lintel products, designed to provide the best load bearing support available.Find Out More About Our Types of Concrete Lintels
What Are Concrete Lintels?
Concrete lintels are a top selection among both residential and commercial construction projects due to their unbeatable strength, dependability, and straightforward installation process.
Thanks to the advanced prestressed casting technique, lintels are crafted with an unparalleled level of consistent high quality. Not only is their surface smooth and sleek, but manual handling is made safer as a result.
Precast concrete lintels are the ideal choice for many applications due to their robustness which permits them to carry heavy loads and span wider areas. This makes it an incredibly advantageous material when picking a suitable lintel option.
Prestressed lintels boast great strength, rigidity, fire resistance and ease of use. They also accept a variety of surface finishes. Unlike steel lintels, concrete lintels are often utilised in more visible locations and can easily be painted to match the surrounding area.
Concrete Lintel Applications
Lintels are most commonly applied in masonry or brick structures. Most typically they are applied above doors and windows; structures which cannot withstand large loads on their own.
When installing concrete lintels, it is important to use the proper type of anchors, such as mechanical anchors, and to make sure that the lintel is properly supported.
Following current building regulations, a flexible damp-proof course or cavity tray must be installed in external walls whenever necessary.
Furthermore, the lintel should be levelled on mortar, used in the correct orientation and securely anchored to the wall. To ensure that you correctly install your lintels, please refer to the manufacturer's installation instructions and contact a technical department, if necessary.
Concrete Lintel Key Features
- Offers robust masonry support - optimal load bearing support
- Prestressed casting process ensures safer manual handling
- Manufactured from high strength dense concrete - high performance material
Frequently Asked Concrete Lintels Questions
What Does Fair Faced Mean In Construction?
Fair-faced concrete, otherwise known as decorative concrete, takes aesthetics into account during the mixing process. As opposed to traditional mixes that are typically heavier and rougher, this type of concrete is much smoother and lighter; it does not require any veneers or painting.
What Would Happen To A Structure Without A Lintel?
Without a lintel in place, the weight of brickwork above doors or windows would be placed solely on their frame, leading to increased undue stress and potential structural damage.
Fortunately, when present within a structure, a lintel quickly redistributes this weight across both sides of any opening – relieving strain from the door or window frame and protecting your building's integrity as result.
What Is The Minimum End Bearing For A Lintel?
For optimal support, the lintel should stretch a minimum of 150mm from both sides of the opening. In special cases, 100mm is acceptable. To avoid overspending on resources and money, it's recommended to stay within this measurement range.
Be sure to consult your supplier or manufacturer regarding any additional details that may be needed before proceeding with installation.
Can Lintel Be Used Decoratively?
Lintels offer a harmonious balance between form and function, providing both structural support and visual beauty.
Ornamental lintels can either be used as an eye-catching horizontal decoration topping off a doorway or built with materials such as wood or metal for added strength while also reinforcing your home's aesthetics.
Examples of ornamental lintels are displayed proudly in many structures from ages past - from ancient Egyptian hypostyle halls to Indian Buddhist cave temples carved directly into solid rock walls!
What's The Difference Between Single Leaf, Double Leaf & T-Beam Lintels?
Single-leaf lintels are typically used for small openings, such as those for windows or doorways, while double-leaf lintels are typically used for larger openings, such as garage doors. T-beam lintels are designed to support loads from two directions.