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Steel Lintels & I-Beams

A Lintel/I-Beam’s is a steel beam that extends over an opening, usually a window or door, that provides support for the masonry above. 

The Importance of Replacing Lintels in Building Restoration

As time passes, Lintels/I-Beams can undergo a destructive and expansive rusting process called “Oxide Jacking”. Occurring from exposure to too much moisture, “Oxide Jacking” causes the steel lintel/I-Beam to expand and weaken, loosing is sturdy shape (becomes wavy/sagging) and structural integrity. If a failed lintel/I-Beam is not attended to, the expansive rusting has the ability to crack mortar, displace bricks from their proper alignment and/or even potential collapse of the above masonry.


Oxide Jacking/Rusting: Oxide Jacking is expansive rusting that causes stress cracks to surrounding masonry due to built up pressure. If your lintel is not properly coated and/or protected from the elements, over time it will rust and expand, causing destruction to the surrounding masonry as well as losing its strength and sturdy shape.

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Wavy/Sagging: When a lintel loses its sturdy shape, it is an indicator replacement is needed.

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Damaged Masonry:: “Stair-Step” cracks off of either end of the lintel or cracks in the masonry above the lintel, display signs the lintel is weakening and/or expanding and needs to be replaced.

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With over 45 years in the masonry industry, Fortune Restoration are trusted experts when it comes to lintel replacements. All lintel replacements are done to the International Masonry Institute standard, using top of the line materials, ensuring a lasting product. Once installed, Fortune Restoration coats the exposed portion of the lintel with an Industrial Enamel giving it maximum protection against moisture and rust.

Why Lintels Matter

Lintels are structural components that provide support above openings such as doors and windows. They play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of a building. Over time, lintels can deteriorate due to exposure to weather, moisture, and other factors. Here’s why replacing lintels is essential:
Structural Stability: Lintels distribute the load from the structure above to the surrounding walls. Damaged or corroded lintels compromise the stability of the entire building.
Preventing Cracks: Cracked or sagging lintels can lead to cracks in the masonry above them. These cracks allow water infiltration, which can cause further damage.
Safety Concerns: A weakened lintel poses safety risks, especially if it fails unexpectedly. Replacing damaged lintels ensures the safety of occupants and passersby.
Preserving Aesthetics: Lintels contribute to the architectural appearance of a building. Replacing them maintains the original design and aesthetics.

Fortune RestorationYour Trusted Partner

Fortune Restoration, based in Lincolnwood, serves the following suburbs and Chicago neighborhoods:
Lincolnwood: Our local team understands the unique restoration needs of this community. We’ve been serving Lincolnwood for years, restoring historic and modern buildings alike.
Skokie: From lintel replacement to full-scale restoration, we’ve worked on numerous projects in Skokie. Our expertise ensures quality craftsmanship.
Evanston: Fortune Restoration has contributed to the preservation of Evanston’s architectural heritage. We prioritize lintel replacement to enhance both safety and beauty.
Chicago: As a trusted restoration company in Chicago, we’ve tackled lintel replacements in various neighborhoods. Our commitment to excellence sets us apart.

Choose Fortune Restoration

When it comes to lintel replacement and building restoration, Fortune Restoration stands out. Our skilled craftsmen, attention to detail, and commitment to quality make us the preferred choice. Contact us today to discuss your restoration needs!

Don’t Let Your Lintels Lead to Disaster: Secure Your Home’s Future with Fortune Restoration

Serving Lincolnwood, Evanston, Wilmette, Oak Park, surrounding Chicago suburbs and neighborhoods
The unsung heroes of your home’s structural integrity, lintels play a vital role in supporting the weight above doorways, windows, and other openings. But like any building element, they can deteriorate over time, posing a serious threat to your family’s safety and the value of your property.
At Fortune Restoration, we’ve seen firsthand the dangers of neglected lintels. Cracks, spalling, and rust can all signal impending failure, leading to:

  • Collapsed doorways and windows:Imagine the shock and potential injury if a weakened lintel suddenly gives way.
  • Structural damage: A failing lintel can put immense stress on surrounding walls, leading to cracks, uneven floors, and even foundation issues.
  • Water infiltration: Damaged lintels can allow water to seep into your home, causing costly water damage and mold growth.

Don’t wait for disaster to strike! Fortune Restoration offers comprehensive lintel replacement services in Lincolnwood and surrounding suburbs. Our experienced team can:

  • Inspect your lintels: We’ll assess their condition, identifying any signs of wear and tear using advanced techniques.
  • Recommend the right solution: Whether it’s replacing damaged sections or installing entirely new lintels, we’ll tailor our approach to your specific needs.
  • Use high-quality materials: We only use time-tested, durable materials to ensure your lintels stand the test of time.
  • Complete the job efficiently and safely: Our experienced technicians prioritize safety and minimize disruption to your home.

Investing in lintel replacement is an investment in your peace of mind and the value of your home. Don’t let these crucial supports become a ticking time bomb. Contact Fortune Restoration today for a free consultation and protect your home’s future.
We proudly serve the following suburbs and neighborhoods:

  • Evanston
  • Lincoln Park 
  • Lake View 
  • Wilmette
  • Andersonville 
  • Winnetka
  • Oak Park
  • Rogers Park 
  • Park Ridge
  • Hyde Park 
  • Bucktown 
  • Wrigleyville 
  • Lake Forest 
  • River Forest
  • Kenwood/ Hyde Park 
  • Irving Park 
  • Wicker Park 
  • Edgewater
  • Ravenswood 
  • Highland Park
  • La Grange 
  • Goose Island/ Noble Square/ River West 
  • Wildwood/ Edgebrook/ S. Edgebrook/ Sauganash 
  • Rogers Park 
  • Old town/ Gold Coast/ Near North
  • University Village/ Near West Side 
  • Old Irving Park/ Cragin 
  • Norwood Park/ Edison Park
  • North Brook 
  • River Side 
  • Glenview 
  • East Garfield Park 
  • Hinsdale 
  • South Loop 
  • Belmont Heights/ Belmont Terr 
  • Belmont Cragin/ Hermosa 
  • Southside/ Auburn Grenshaw 
  • West Lawn/ Chicago/ Marquette Park 
  • New East Side 
  • Beverly/ Washington Heights/ Morgan Park 
  • Garfield Ridge 
  • Lower West Side

Call us today at 847.647.2500 or schedule a free consultation online!
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