Choosing the right steel lintel

  • 18 Sep 2017

Keystone Lintels has developed a guide to the importance of quality, service, safety testing and certification in steel lintel manufacturing.

Third party certification 

It is important to get third party certification to determine that the final product complies with safety, quality and performance standards. Third party certification provides specifiers and contractors with extra reassurance that the products have been rigorously tested to industry standards.

BBA Testing

The British Board of Agrément offers approval, certification and test services to manufacturers of products and systems by assessing, auditing and testing during the development of a manufacturer’s product. 

Products that are BBA certified are recognised by building control, government departments, architects, specifiers and industry insurers such as the NHBC. It is therefore vital for construction products or systems to achieve this certification if they are to gain a quick route to the marketplace

BBA certificates are awarded only to lintel companies who continuously carry out approved load testing and operate under strict quality control manufacturing procedures. 

Keystone’s Hi-therm lintel, for example, is the only thermally broken lintel on the market that has trusted 3rd party certification from the BBA, which has tested the design, strength, performance, durability and fire resistance to ensure the product is fit for purpose.

CE Marking

A CE Mark demonstrates compliance with the appropriate manufacturing standard for a product. A CE Mark provides proof of conformity to the standard BS EN 1090 – part 1: Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures, is required to apply a CE Mark.

Keystone lintels is covered by the following standards: BS EN 845-2 for standard lintels and BS EN 1090-1 for bespoke lintels. All fabricated steelwork, engineers, contractors and steelwork contractors should have amended their specification accordingly to ensure only CE marked products are used on their projects.

Technical expertise and support

Keystone provides comprehensive technical support for all products, including a free scheduling and specification service with fast turnaround on standard lintels, masonry support and windiest systems. 

The sales office fully tracks lintel orders from technical enquiries, schedules or orders through to manufacturing and delivery, with the Enterprise Resource Planning software.

External sales support service

Finally, Keystone advises clients on the optimum lintel solution for compliance with and beyond the latest building regulations, with use of the latest thermal modelling software. 

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Download the Keystone Steel Lintel Manual

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