Any long, cold, and wet winter can be the proper time to examine homes for damage. Steel Lintel The continued freezing and thawing throughout the cold season can place pressure on the steel leading to damage. Since lintels are constructed from ore they’ve the tendency to want to revert back to its state of origin. The tendency to revert back causes corrosion coupled with being, can cause damage to the encircling masonry walls. If they don’t inspected on routine inspections the replacement or repairs can be a high priced undertaking for the upcoming homeowner.