Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Lintel - Structural Support Beam

A lintel is another word used by construction workers to represent a structural support beam over any opening like a doorway or window. It's not a word that's commonly used in Southern California, (that's where I'm from) but I have heard it used by workers, before. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of what a structural support beam or lintel looks like.

Lintels can be used as door headers, window headers and to support ceilings. They can be made out of wood, metal, concrete and plenty of other building materials. Early builders have provided us with plenty of different examples of a lintel.


Would You Use a Lintel In A Stairway?

Maybe, it all depends upon what type of stairway you're going to build. If you're going to build a stairway over a walkway, you might need a lintel to carry the structural weight or load of the stairs.

Most stair builders aren't building walls or installing floor joist, they are only there to build the stairway. Most of the stairs I built, didn't need a lintel or other types of structural load supporting beams.


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