Last updated on January 12th, 2023
How much does lintel repair cost?
Lintels are structural elements designed to support the load from above on openings such as windows and doors. Over time, general wear, tear and age can cause lintels to fail. When that happens, repair or replacement is an urgent matter. But how much does lintel repair cost?
Use our free search tool to gather quotes from specialists or read on for an overview of the average prices for repair as well as lintel replacement cost.
How much does lintel repair cost?
|Lintel replacement type||Unit||Cost - low||Cost - high||Average cost|
|Concrete lintel replacement||Standard size window/door||£650||£1,000||£825|
|Steel lintel replacement||Standard size window/door||£650||£1,000||£825|
|Wooden/lintel replacement||Standard size window/door||£650||£1,000||£825|
|How much does lintel repair cost?||£650 - £1,000|
|Lintel replacement cost||£650 - £1,000||£650 - £1,000||£650 - £1,000|
|How much does it cost to replace a window lintel?||£825|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
In most cases, the lintel will need to be replaced entirely. If there are visible cracks, a repair won’t be sufficient. Due to the nature of the work, lintel replacement should be carried out by a competent contractor, as the exterior walls will need to remain supported whilst the lintel is being replaced.
For a concrete lintel replacement on a standard size window/door, you can expect the average lintel replacement cost to fall between £650 - £1,000. Prices for steel lintel replacement will usually cost within the same region, as will wooden lintel replacement. For brick lintel repair, we recommend seeking a quote due to the specialist nature of the work required.
These estimates are based on a brick/block cavity wall construction on the first or second floor. The costs for second-storey replacements are inclusive of the associated price of renting and erecting scaffolding.
Lintel replacement cost
Since a replacement is usually the only viable option in addressing cracks caused by lintel damage, this is the avenue most tradespeople will propose. The quote you receive will usually cover both labour and materials.
Here are some average prices you can expect to pay for lintel replacement:
- Window lintel replacement cost – £650 - £1,000
- Steel lintel replacement cost – £650 - £1,000
- Garage lintel replacement cost – £650 - £1,000
How much does it cost to replace a window lintel?
The average lintel replacement cost is £825, but prices may vary depending on your location and the extent of work required. For accurate costs speak to your local window specialists for a breakdown of their prices.
How do I know my lintel needs replacing?
Lintel damage is fairly easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. The two common signs your lintel needs replacing include:
- Cracks in the upper corners of your windows/doors
- Mortar line cracks or displaced bricks/stone in your walls.
In both cases, these cracks are a sign that the weight of the wall is no longer being supported and the lintel has failed. If these tell-tale signs sound familiar, we recommend calling in a professional as soon as possible.
What material should my lintel be?
Lintels come in a range of different styles and sizes, so choosing the right one can be a minefield for the unfamiliar. They can be made from timber, stone, brick, steel or reinforced concrete. Metal lintels are favoured for their aesthetic and can be ideal in matching the external appearance of the building. Where a brick lintel can not be replaced, a remedial steel bar system would be used. Ultimately, the material you choose will depend on the length and the load. If you aren’t sure, just ask a professional when getting a quote for your lintel repair cost.
How long do steel lintels last?
Generally speaking, once the lintel is in, it’s in and will only need replacing if it starts to fail.