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Cost of Lintel in Nigeria

Let us look at the cost of lintel in Nigeria to give you an idea of what to budget at this stage in your building construction project.

The lintel beam is inevitable in any house construction and an insight into the materials you will need during its construction and their costs is worth it so you will be well informed before execution.

Also, you need to know the possible cost of labor that will be involved while building this beam to give you an idea of how to negotiate with your contractor.

In this post we shall look at the cost of lintel construction of different types of houses in Nigeria, the materials needed for its construction, and the labor cost that may be involved.

Furthermore, we shall look at the different steps or stages involved in the construction of this beam in Nigeria, the Importance of lintel in house construction, and the standard lintel size you should use while building your house.

Before delving straight into lintel cost in Nigeria, let us first define lintel beam in construction.

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What is a Lintel Beam?

In building construction, the lintel is a horizontal beam structure that sustains the weight of the load above openings like doors or windows.

It distributes the load to the supporting columns on each side, and it helps to strengthen the stability of a building structure. Lintels are mainly reinforced concrete beams used to keep the structure above openings from drooping or collapsing.

Cost of Constructing Lintel in Nigeria

The cost of lintel construction of your house will depend on the type of house, its size, the floor level, and the current price of building materials in your location.

Below is an estimate of lintel costs (materials and labor) based on house types:

Bungalow Lintel

The cost of constructing the lintel for any bungalow will depend on the number of rooms in the house and also on the overall area of the building.

Below is the estimated cost of lintel construction for different bungalow sizes.

1 bedroom bungalow – 300,000 naira to 400,000 naira

2 bedroom bungalow – 500,000 naira to 700,000 naira

3 bedroom bungalow – 700,000 naira to 800,000 naira

4 bedroom bungalow – 800,000 naira to 950,000 naira

5 bedroom bungalow – 900,000 naira to 1,000,000 naira

The cost of labor for lintel construction of bungalows in Nigeria ranges from 300,000 naira to 600,000 naira depending on the number of rooms and door openings in the bungalow.

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Duplex Lintel

The cost of constructing the lintel for duplexes will also depend on the size of the house and the number of rooms in it, moreover, the lintel on the upper floors of duplexes may attract more cost because of the effort required to build on higher floors.

Below is the estimated cost of building the lintel for different duplex sizes.

3 bedroom duplex – 900,000 naira to 1,200,000 naira

4 bedroom duplex – 1,000,000 naira to 1,300,000 naira

5 bedroom duplex – 1,300,000 naira to 1,450,000 naira

6 bedroom duplex – 1,300,000 naira to 1,600,000 naira

The cost of labor for lintel construction of duplexes in Nigeria ranges from 600,000 naira to 1,000,000 naira depending on the number of rooms, floors, and door openings in the duplex.

Block of Flats Lintel

The cost of the lintel construction of a block of flats will depend on the number of flats in the house and its overall area, and it ranges from

Also, if the block of flats has upper floors, then the cost of constructing the beam will increase on those upper floors.

The cost of labor for lintel construction of a block of flats in Nigeria ranges from 900,000 naira to 1,200,000 naira or more depending on the number of flats, floors, and door openings in the house.

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lintel in Nigeria

Quick note: The above figures are mere estimates as the number of rooms in the type of house you are building will ultimately affect the lintel cost, also in storey houses, the cost of constructing the beam at ground level will be lower than at upper levels because of the more labor that will be needed.

Materials Used For Lintel Construction in Nigeria

During the lintel stage of your house construction, you need to know the materials needed in order not to be in the dark at this stage of your project.

Below are the necessary materials you will need while constructing the lintel of your house.

  • Cement – for the production of concrete for the beam
  • 1′ x 12′ boards – for formworks
  • 2′ x 2′ wood – for supporting the formwork
  • Sharp sand – mixed with granite and cement for concrete production for the lintel
  • Granite – used as aggregate part of the concrete
  • Nails – for nailing the formwork to the wall
  • Iron rods – used as the reinforcement part of the beam
  • Binding wire – also adds to the support of the formwork

The quantity of these materials needed for the lintel of your house will ultimately depend on its size, and in most cases, the bill of quantity will enumerate them.

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lintel construction in Nigeria

Stages of Lintel Construction in Nigeria

For you to follow up on your building project during the lintel construction, you need to know the stages involved in this stage, and below are the necessary steps involved in lintel construction.

  • Reinforcement:

This is the process of using iron bars to increase the strength of the beam, without the iron rods the lintel would not be a strong structure after receiving concrete.

  • Formworks:

This is the process of construction formworks for the lintel, this is mainly done by a carpenter by nailing wooden boards on both sides of the beam.

The formworks are important to prevent wasting of materials during concreting and to also give shape to the beam.

  • Concreting:

This is the final stage of lintel construction which involves the pouring of concrete in the formwork created by the carpenters.

Lintel concreting is mainly done by site laborers and the higher the lintel is from the floor the more they will charge.

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Standard Lintel Size in Nigeria

The width of any lintel beam should be the same as the wall thickness unless the building drawing states otherwise.

With that, if the thickness of the block you are using to build your house is 9 inches, then the width of the lintel beams should also be 9 inches.

In Nigeria, the normal height of a lintel is 225mm or 9 inches except for situations where the design of the house says otherwise.

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Conclusion

The lintel beam is very important in building construction because it helps to carry and stabilize any load above the doors and windows openings.

Without this beam, the walls of your house will likely crack or even collapse after the roofing of your house because there will be no reinforced structure to bear the loads above the doors and window spaces.

The cost of constructing the lintel of your house will ultimately depend on the number of door openings in it and its overall size and it is important to consult your builder at this stage of your house construction for proper execution.

Finally, take the figures in this article as ideas on how much lintel construction will cost in Nigeria and not as actual costs as factors like location and current price of building materials may affect the cost of constructing this beam.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need a bill of quantity to know the actual cost of building the lintel of your house as this post may not contain every detail on the construction of this beam.

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