Installation of a beam has the combined effect of distributing loads and strengthening masonry weakened by structural movement, thus providing a versatile means of restoring structural stability to masonry where it has cracked or failed and lost its load bearing capacity.
These are generally double bar installations incorporated into mortar bed joints to traverse cracks and dissipate stresses within masonry over a larger surface area whilst still allowing small movements of the structure due to natural temperature variations.
Beams can be used in isolation or accompanied by a range of Thor Helical methodologies to restore stability to a structure resulting from inadequate or failed drainage, inappropriate or failed foundations, ground movement, weathering, poor building practice and increased loading stress due to building alterations.
The photographs below illustrate an example of beam installation over an opening to support masonry above to allow replacement of a faulty lintel installed as part of the structure when originally built.
As an approved specifier and installer of the Thor Helical products we can offer an insurance backed 10 year warranty on Masonry Beam works for a small additional fee through Construction Guarantee Services Limited.