Apprentice Builder: Lintels Back to Basics


Windows and doors are essential components of any construction project but they also represent vulnerable points in the building’s external envelope.  Creating an opening in the outer skin of a building requires careful engineering to ensure structural and thermal stability is maintained, which is where lintels come into play. Here, Nick Lander, Sales and Marketing Director at Keystone Group, takes a closer look at the use of lintels in construction.A lintel is essentially a structural support that spans an opening in a wall.  The use of lintels in architecture dates back many centuries – from the highly decorative masonry creations used in ancient Greece, to the timber lintels seen in Tudor times.