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Schulter

About

Founded by Werner Schluter in the 60’s, Schluter has become a worldwide force in the profile and tiling system market. Werner was a tile installer himself so knew the problems that arise during installation but instead of talking about them actually done something to improve and make the installer’s job easier.

History

The first of his inventions was the Schluter Schiene which is still being produced today. In the good old days tiles used to be produced with rounded edges or mitred to make going round external corners look neat. Due to the oil crisis many tile manufactures changed to single firing so producing these specialist pieces became a non-efficient way of production so we were left with tiles without glazed edges which look un-slightly around windows and edges so Werner invented Schluter Schiene which was tile edge trim as we know it today. Since inception it has become available in many different colours and shapes but the original concept is the same.

The next revolution is Schluter ditra matting. Since the popularity of floor tiles has grown over the years more problems are experienced where tiles do not stick to the substrate or movement causes tiles to move and crack. Up until recent years sticking tiles to wood was a non-starter as no adhesive had been invented that could flex enough to allow for the movement of a wooden floor. Once the flexible adhesive was invented it opened a whole new avenue where floor tiles could be used. As many traditional and modern built houses have wooden floors especially in first floor bathrooms, the idea of having a hygienic hard wearing tiled floor became a reality. However although many wooden floors are structurally sound many have too much movement due to moisture that even the most flexible adhesives cannot deal with which results in tiles de-bonding. The solution to this problem is Schluter ditra mat. It is an uncoupling membrane that allows the floor tiles to move independently of the substrate. The polyethylene mat with square dovetailed recesses neutralises stresses from the substrate. Other uses are when sticking tiles onto concrete and gypsum based screeds. It is a fact that these shrink during the curing process, ditra allows the moisture in the substrate to evaporate (certain moisture levels need to be achieved first). Overall a revolutionary product that we recommend in nearly all situations, it can even be joined with Kerdi Keba to form a waterproof floor for use in wet rooms and other wet areas.

The latest invention from Schluter is the Schluter-KERDI 200 waterproof matting is a bonded waterproof membrane with limited crack-bridging capabilities. It is made of soft polyethylene, which is covered on both sides with a special fleece webbing to anchor the membrane in the thin-set mortar. Schluter-KERDI was developed as a waterproofing membrane to be used in conjunction with ceramic and stone tile coverings. Tiles can be installed directly on Schluter-KERDI using the thin-bed method. Other trowel-applied covering materials, such as plaster, can also be used. Pre-cut sections of Schluter-KERDI are available for inside and outside corners, as well as for pipe collars. Use Schluter-KERDI-tape to seal butt joints or corner joints. Schluter-KERDI is a polyethylene waterproofing membrane with a very high steam-diffusion density. The material is physiologically safe. Schluter-KERDI requires no special disposal.

Schluter-KERDI is waterproof and resistant to most chemicals commonly encountered in tiled environments. It is resistant to aging and will not rot. Schluter-KERDI is highly resistant to saline solutions, acid and alkaline solutions, many organic solvents, alcohols, and oils. Information regarding its resistance to specific substances can be provided if concentration, temperature, and duration of exposure are known. For acid-resistant coverings, use an epoxy adhesive to set and grout the tile. Schluter-KERDI is suitable for wall and floor surfaces where protection against the penetration of moisture or other harmful substances is necessary. Surfaces include showers, tub surrounds, and areas surrounding swimming pools. Industrial applications include the food industry, breweries, and dairies. Before placing the Schluter-KERDI, verify that the substrate is clean, even, load bearing, and free from moisture. Surfaces that inhibit proper adhesion must be removed or appropriately treated.

Environment

As a global company, Schlüter-Systems is aware of its social responsibilities to local communities. And for over 35 years the company has chosen to incorporate recycled materials into the manufacture of many of our products.

Schluter systems strive to recycle scrap materials, and to regrind materials in production, diverting these materials from the waste stream, all of their products are designed to increase the longevity of ceramic tile and natural stone installations. However, their commitment to the environment goes far beyond their products. A large proportion of Schluter, s offices are heated using our energy-efficient Underfloor heating system Schlüter-BEKOTEC-THERM, which runs with lower water temperatures than traditional systems, using less energy. The lighting is sensors are controlled almost everywhere, meaning it automatically switches off when nobody is in the room. In addition, it uses low energy bulbs and is also designed to provide lower levels of light near to windows. They are are investing in new IT systems to enable us to run a paperless office. And also all the packaging is reused wherever possible.

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