Cold weather

Concrete lintels and the cold: Avoiding a ‘snap’

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With the arctic wind driving our temperatures down over the next few weeks, producing quality concrete becomes a different challenge. Concrete cures with a process called hydration. The colder the ambient temperature, the longer this process takes. At very low temperatures the chemical reaction won’t work and the concrete will not gain any strength. Because of this, it is imperative …

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Housebuilding efficiency: 5 key improvements

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With 300,000 houses as the Government’s target for new homes, the construction industry is left scratching their heads wondering how they will achieve something that has not been done in 30 years. The housing crisis is a huge political hot potato and we cannot offer a definitive solution that will solve the whole problem. What we can do is demonstrate …

Lintel comparison chart

Stressline launch new comparison chart

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The latest brochure in the suite of literature is the brand new comparison chart. The fold-out brochure highlights in an easy to read way the number of steel lintel products we have as standard and can produce against other suppliers. The brochure showcases our steel range including the standard SL cavity range through to the wide inner leaf, wide outer …

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Lintel loading method: Overview of BS 5977

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels 2 Comments

This post is an overview of the British standard BS 5977-1:1981 which looks specifically at the method for assessment of load for lintels. This applies to both steel lintels and prestressed concrete lintels. It is an intrinsic part of understanding how our products are used within construction under current legislation. This standard applies to lintels up to the length of …

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Steel vs concrete lintels: What is the difference?

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You may think this is a silly question, but dig a little deeper and we can examine more than the obvious material differences. There are many reasons to specify a steel lintel but here we can look at why they may be favoured by the construction industry, and what use concrete lintels have in modern housebuilding. Strength to weight ratio One …

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Combined lintel or composite lintel

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Composite lintels should not be confused with combined lintels. They can appear to be similar; both using two different materials, but from a structural point of view they are very different. Here we quickly examine both and focus on the important differences, and what this means in their application. Combined lintels Taken from the British Standards Code BS EN 845-2:2013, …

Lintel installation tips

Lintel installation: 17 essential tips

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Installing lintels is pretty straightforward but we often get asked for advice and tips on the installation of both our prestressed concrete lintels and steel lintel products. Here we round up 17 tips, which can be found in various parts of our brochure but have collected for you in one handy blog post. General installation tips for steel and concrete …

Lintel load span tables

Lintel Load Span Tables: Quick Reference Guide

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Understanding lintel load span tables is important for specifying and selecting the correct lintel. If you are new to load span tables you may want to look at our blog post on load span tables for beginners. Below is a quick reference guide to load span tables which you can use at your leisure. It is also available to download …

Specification of lintels

Lintel application: A specifier’s guide

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

A lintel is a lintel is a lintel right? Well not quite. Yes, the job of the lintel is pretty straight forward in that it has to bear a load, but not all lintels are the same, and there are many different types of lintels designed to do different things. From a specification point of view, there is a multitude …

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Seven Questions you should ask your lintel supplier

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The questions you should ask your lintel supplier will very much depend upon your own place in the market. For example, if you are a builders merchant, then the questions you ask are likely to focus on quality, delivery, and price. If you are a specifier, however, you may want to ask more about the technical properties of the lintel, …