Rusted crack above outside doorframe

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Old 06-08-15, 09:08 AM
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Rusted crack above outside doorframe

I own a residential row home with a brick exterior. Looks like there is a metal support plate extending the front of the house right over the front door and the front window in between the bricks (between the window and the decorative portion under the bricks). Not sure if this is typical construction practice. When looking from the outside at the inside top of the door frame, there is a small crack with rust forming. Does this sound like a major issue? What could I do to repair/improve the structural aspects? Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-08-15, 09:14 AM
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Can't tell from the pics but it's common practice to have a steel lintel [angle iron] above openings [windows/doors] Some will prime and paint them when the house is built. I'd sand or wire brush the rust, then apply a solvent based primer followed by a coat or two of exterior oil base paint.

It would be odd for the steel lintel to crack. Post a pic showing the crack.
 
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Old 06-08-15, 10:30 AM
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It's pretty common for the steel lintel to be bare iron which looks fine for about 1 year, but then starts to rust. Its a fairly high maintenance item, that needs to be prepped and painted as marksr suggests. I favor high oil based gloss enamels in the color of the door or window trim. You may caulk the back side of the lintel (closest to the door/window) and the sides, but you do not usually want to caulk the front/top side of the lintel where it meets the brick/stone. (a closer shot would help, showing the entire window/door head.)
 
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Here are the photos of the front door and window. Let me know if thoughts still the same. Thanks again!
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I'd remove what failing caulk I could, prime with oil base, recaulk and then repaint.
 
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i like a wire brush on a 4" grinder followed up w/rustoleum or other suitable coating
 
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