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At Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc., we pride ourselves on being a licensed masonry contractor that provides expert service to our clients. We specialize in replacing deteriorating steel lintels and shelf angles with high-quality masonry solutions that improve the longevity and aesthetics of your property.

Lintel Replacement:

Eventually steel lintels or shelf angles need to be repaired or replaced. A lintel is what actually supports the masonry units above any masonry opening. Typically the lintel is a steel lintel. Over time and lack of maintenance the lintels will rust and deteriorate. This causes the lintel to be unable to support the large load of masonry from above. As the steel lintel gives way to the load it will bend and cracks will occur at the corners of the masonry opening. If the lintel is not replaced with a new piece of steel the lintel will eventually completely fail and a section of the wall may come down. When the lintel begins to rust it expands also causing the brick to move and become displaced. Over time the rust builds up to a point where it can actually widen the joint and raise the brick out of place. Whether, the lintel is rusting to a point where the rust is an issue or if the lintel is deteriorated to a point where the lintel has rusted away, Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. can provide you with the information needed to make a proper decision on to the masonry repairs your building may need. Regardless of the situation if cracks are forming at the corners of the window or door openings then it is time that a professional needs to take a look. Let Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. be your professional lintel replacement contractor.

Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. has been replacing steel lintels for over 35 years now. Feel free to give us a call and we can give you our expert opinions as to what needs to happen to make the building structurally sound and safe. Lintel Violations are often given by City inspectors. If it has gotten to the point that an inspector cited you with a building violation, then Bruno Construction can help with that too. No need to worry. Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc repairs and replaces lintel and shelf angles on a regular basis in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

If you're looking for a steel lintel replacement company near me then look no further. We can travel to your project. If you're wondering what steel lintel replacement costs are for your masonry project then give us a call and we can provide you with a free estimate. Let us be the lintel replacement company for you.    

Masonry repairs lintel replacement

< To the left is a picture of a steel lintel that is showing all the signs of failure.

  • Step Cracks
  • Rust
  • Bending
  • Shifting Masonry

Bruno Construction is a Licensed Masonry Contractor. We are licensed to take care of all your masonry needs including steel lintel replacement, I-beam replacement, shelf angle replacement, channel beam replacement and more.

Lintel repalcement on condo building

Defective lintels are a serious hazard and a very easy way to obtain a Building Code Violation, especially in Chicago.

More about lintel and shelf angles

If you asked around, you would find very few people who know what a lintel is. You are more likely to get an answer associated with cooking than you would one with masonry repair. For the building owner, lintel replacement is a vital part of building maintenance and restoration of old buildings. In a brick house, there it is a piece of metal (angle iron) above the doors and window. Those are lintels, also called angle irons. The piece of metal is called a lintel, which sole purpose is to carry the load of the masonry above the door or window opening.

As a building ages and inevitably settles, the building owner is going to have to contract with someone for lintel replacement. In the case of a condo building, apartment building or high rise repair job, this can get rather tricky. It may look like the bricks are resting on a door or window frame, but actually it's the lintel that is completing the structure and are an important element in any brick building. High Rise lintel replacement can be over 100 feet in the air and will require a special scaffolding system and someone not afraid of heights to complete the repairs. The repairs must also be completed very carefully. If something should fall off the building or scaffold it may be a long way down before it stops. Care is extremely important in any sized building for us whether a condominium building, apartment building or high rise building. Care must be taken to protect the public, but also the tenants of the building, possible employees or anyone else for that matter.

A lintel is a shelf that the bricks can rest on. The problem is that these things are exposed to the changes in weather like the rest of the brick wall. In a lot of buildings, you may never see the lintel because it is covered with mortar. And the case of a high rise repair job, it may be so high up, that you will never see it. However, when it ages or corrodes, it can cause cracks to the entire wall, which can also let in moisture. A crack in a brick wall can start small but then it can grow as a wall settles and changes over the years. This is why lintel replacement is a common occurrence.

A broken or corroded lintel is a way that water can get into a wall and then as it freezes and expands through the seasons, it will put pressure on the wall from the inside. And the higher the wall, the more likely you are going to need lintel replacement and masonry rebuilding. There can be greater temperature variations in tall buildings that do not exist in single story buildings. Although, being a one story dwelling does not prevent you from having to have lintel replacement. For the layman, this is a very difficult job and you should do yourself a favor and find a way to make it easy.

You will need skilled craftsmen and experienced masons to finish this work and make sure you have an easy time. You need to look for a company that specializes in both brick repair and lintel replacement. This way, you will get the best of both worlds even if you are dealing with a single story building. High rises, by their very nature, have a lot of unexpected problems arise with any repair job. If you contact a company like Bruno Construction, we will assess what needs to be done and know all the infrastructure requirements before we ever begin work. We will start by looking at what needs to be repaired in order to maintain the safety of the building. Then we will be happy to talk to you about aesthetic concerns and the kind of look you want your building to portray. They are masters both the technical needs of masonry and the appearance of your brick wall. Bruno Construction is knowledgeable about all the legal and regulatory requirements necessary to work on buildings from single family homes to multifamily buildings and to high rise repairs. Our customer service is very good and you will be pleased if you need anything from a complete restoration of a wall or something that is relatively simple as lintel replacement or masonry repairs. Lintel Replacement Needed? Call Bruno Construction!

Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. is a Chicago based, Family Owned, Contractor serving the surrounding Suburbs with Tuckpointing and Masonry Restoration Services.

Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc. has been a Tuckpointing Chicago Contractor Since 1984.

A+ rating with BBB for masonry repairs and lintel replacement

Do you need Lintel Replacement in Chicago or the suburbs? Call Us!

Why lintel replacement is needed?

Above is a steel lintel that was removed from a building by Bruno Construction Masonry, Inc.. Notice the large rusted out areas near the end of the Lintel. This steel lintel could no longer support the masonry above properly and safely.

Lintels need to be replaced over a period of time. If a steel lintel fails you risk the chance of the masonry above coming down and crashing to the ground and also the chance that a person can be standing there at the same time.

Lintel replacement being performed

Steel Lintels found within a wall between floors are called shelf angles. These shelf angles also rust and deteriorate over time and need to be replaced to support the masonry above properly.

Lintel replacement and masonry repairs on a condo building in Chicago, IL.

Bruno Construction can replace your defective lintels on your condominium building or apartment building.

Lintel replacement being completed on a high rise in Chicago's Hyde Park area

We replace lintels and shelf angles on high rises for commercial and residential buildings

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A+ rating for lintel replacement

Bruno Construction has an A+ business rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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