Garage Door Lintel Repair
Over time, many homes will have problems with their garage door sagging or even the brickwork above the door cracking and having problems. In the past the only solution was to rebuild the entire garage door area but now there is a specialized repair system in place that can add strength to the garage door lintel and prevent future sagging and problems. This repair is the LintelLift System which was designed, patented, and built by our team.
Garage Door Header Lift System
The LintelLift System is a patented product that ensures garage door lintels or headers won't sag. When a garage door lintel fails, it causes the brick wall being supported to sag, leaving a noticeable crack right above the garage door. The LintelLift System fixes this issue by adding support underneath the sagging lintel.
For new construction, The LintelLift System can be installed and pre-stressed prior to laying the brickwork, then released after mortar curing, to prevent future sagging.
Fixing Sagging Lintel and Cracks Above The Garage
The original cause of a sagging lintel and cracks is generally poor design. There must be an allowance at each end of the lintel for the expansion of the metal as it gets warmer. When the metal expands, it is pressing against the brick and mortar at each end, causing pressure at the weakest point. The middle of the lintel is the weakest point as the pressure from above pushes down on the lintel with nothing supporting the bottom.
Please look at the images below for some of the warning signs of a sagging lintel. These include stair-step cracks in the brickwork and gaps above the lintel where it is starting to bow.
Types of Lintel Repairs
We have two different options for our lintel repair services. They both offer the same quality of repair and add the same amount of structural strength, the difference is in the finishing details on the lintel. The standard repair includes flat trim pieces while the deluxe repair includes fluted columns on the sides and a crown mold top bridge section.
Standard Lintel Repair
Deluxe Lintel Repair
The Repair Process
View photos of the garage lintel repair process. Click a photo below to view it at a larger size.
Post construction with sagging existing lintel and cracked brick and mortar:
The LintelLift is pre-engineered to lift a straight plane. Heavier lifts are also available upon special order. The columns on the sides are designed with lift bolts that are adjusted to contact the ends of the angle iron with matching machined pivot points. This allows the column to be stood up one end at a time and fastened to the existing wood door frames. Once both columns are vertical with the LintelLift under the sagging existing lintel, and outside the brick wall, the bolts are tightened, lifting the load while removing the camber. Once straightened, the sagging lintel and brick is now lifted and stabilized against potential future settlement. At this point, the raw iron will be covered with a vinyl kit specially made for fit.