Supporting brick veneer on steel angles bolted to the framing — rather than providing masonry bearing all the way to the foundation — is approved by code, but it's important to get the details right to avoid unsightly cracks and other more serious structural problems.
Supporting brick veneer on steel angles bolted to the framing — rather than providing masonry bearing all the way to the foundation — is approved by code, but it's important to get the details right to avoid unsightly cracks and other more serious structural problems.

Brick veneer poses few structural problems, as long as it can support its own weight all the way down to the foundation, or is supported by properly sized steel lintel angles at door and window openings. But introduce more complicated conditions — a bay window that projects from the main exterior wall, say, or even something as common as a two-car garage door — and brick veneer can start to look like more trouble than it's worth.

As a case in point, how do you support the brick when a lower one-story garage roof meets a two-story wall, with brick on the common wall above the garage roof?

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