Garage Door Lintel Repair
Do You Have Cracks Over Your Garage Door?
If you have a sagging garage door or have found yourself searching for how to repair a sagging garage door lintel or why your garage door trim is sagging, our team is here to help with our Huntsville garage door lintel repair and lift. 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 Huntsville garage door lintel repair is the LintelLift System which was designed, patented, and built by our team.
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.
Lintel Repair Result
The Huntsville garage door lintel repair we provide includes a special lintel header that is pre stressed to handle the loads of your home's brickwork and flat trip pieces for the sides and top.
The Repair Process
View photos of our Huntsville garage door lintel repair process. Click a photo below to view it at a larger size.
Old Way vs. New Way
Con: HIGH liability for the homeowner and the home warranty company and VERY dangerous for the homeowner and workers! Look at the dangerous support they installed that is failing, causing a stair step crack in the brick! Should there be a catastrophic failure resulting in a worker, the homeowner would be sued. Also, the scaffolding to remove and replace the brick completely blocks any use of the garage door.
LintelLift Pro: No brick removal for repair so liability practically eliminated!
Con: This job is scheduled to take 5-7 days start to finish depending on weather. The garage door must be left open for the work duration which could result in property theft or security breach of the home. Its entry is also blocked with scaffolding. Heavy demolition equipment is needed for the work, resulting in blocked driveway and potential damage, wear/tear, and black marks to the drive and parking area.
LintelLift Pro: Four hour install with no equipment needed for repair. Since LintelLift adds an engendered exoskeleton of support to the exterior clad there is no need for machinery or scaffolding, so the garage door does not have to be open or blocked from use.
Con: New brick and mortar will never match sun faded brick and mortar leaving a very noticeable repair that will last for the duration of the home’s life.
LintelLift Pro: NO brick removal required for install. The trim kits finished look adds a very fashionable, upgraded look to the homes curb appeal.
Con: Not engineered. In many cases there is no engineering behind a rip-down/replace method.
LintelLift Pro: LintelLift is the ONLY engineered and patented repair system that takes into consideration the weight load to be carried and adds to the existing 300lbs capacity lintel system an additional 1200-1400 pounds of support (more if required). This means increased safety, less liability, and higher resale of the home.
Con: No warranty to most brick repairs. A structural warranty is not a common practice for most masonry companies, leaving no warranty protection against future failures. In fact, since most of these type of repairs simply re-use the old, undersized lintel, future failure is certain.
LintelLift Pro: With Kennedy’s 76 years of business backing a lifetime, TRANSFERABLE warranty on structural repairs, homeowners can rest assured with a peace of mind that they made the right, logical, and practical decision.
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. Contact Kennedy and Sons Structural Solutions if you are in need of a Huntsville garage door lintel repair and lift.