Making alterations to the structural elements of a building is not a task which should be undertaken lightly. If the weight on any part of the building is not adequately supported, even for a moment, the results can be catastrophic: support misalignment, cracking of materials, or even complete structural failure and collapse. Such alterations should never be attempted by anyone who is not fully trained to make them and is in possession of all the appropriate equipment.
Diamond Drilling UK now offer a full structural opening service, including lintel and steel insertion. We can handle the job from beginning to end – you don’t need to bring in another builder to prop the structure and build back afterwards.
How can an opening be made in a load bearing wall, or other masonry or reinforced concrete structural element? First, diamond stitch drilling techniques are used to create a gap above the proposed opening. Additional supports run through this gap, to prop up the structure of the building while the work is completed. The props take the strain and prevent any movement higher up in the structural elements. For a structural engineer openings of this kind are a simple matter of mathematics – making sure sufficient support is in place before the opening is cut, to prevent any damage from occurring.
When a suitable lintel has been inserted across the new opening (and the walls have been reinforced as necessary), the props can be removed, and the gaps are filled in. The structure of the building is now intact and able to support itself once more. The structural opening may be used as a doorway, window, or simply left open-plan.