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What is Schluter for tile?

Last Updated: 2nd February, 2020

Profiles. Ceramic and stone tiles are ideal floor coverings due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. Schluter®-Profiles protect tile edges from cracking and chipping, eliminate the need for caulking, and provide easy transitions between adjacent floor and wall coverings.

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In this regard, what is Schluter used for?

Schluter ®-KERDI is a pliable sheet-applied waterproofing membrane and vapor-retarder designed for the direct application of tile. KERDI is ideal for use in tiled showers, bathtub surrounds, residential steam showers, and other tile applications in wet areas.

Subsequently, question is, how soon can you tile after installing Schluter? Wait 24 hours after the membrane installation is complete to allow for the final set of the mortar and to ensure waterproof performance of the assembly at seams and connections before water testing.

Similarly, you may ask, what is the orange stuff under tile?

ditra

Do you need underlayment for tile?

Underlayments are the support materials that lay underneath your tile on a floor. They sit between your subfloor (usually plywood) and your tile. They provide a water-stable base, make the floor more rigid (less chance of cracked tiles), and are better suited for tile adhesion.

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Do you need a moisture barrier under tile?

Do I need to put any type of underlayment or vapor barrier underneath it? A: It's perfectly acceptable to put tile directly on concrete — with a couple of caveats. Not only will the membrane protect against cracking, it also serves as a vapor management system and protects the substrate from moisture penetration.

Lijie Achando

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What is a Schluter edge?

Schluter ®-JOLLY is a finishing and edge-protection profile for the outside corners of tiled surfaces on walls. The vertical wall section of the profile provides a decorative finish and protects adjacent tiles.

Bret Wiwianka

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How does the Schluter system work?

The Schluter®-Shower System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. The Schluter®-Shower System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time.

Albi Barrameda

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Can I put Kerdi over plywood?

-Schluter told me Kerdi can not be put over plywood that it prohibits it from breathing and will move.

Sira Faltysek

Pundit

Should I use Ditra or cement board?

1. Ditra is waterproof, while cement board lets water through but won't be damaged by it. With cement board, the tile is mortared to the cement board and the cement board is mortared to the substrate, so there's a chemical bond. This difference, Ditra fans would argue, makes it more resistant to movement.

Briam Isastia

Pundit

What is the best waterproofing membrane for showers?

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  • Redgard Waterproofing Membrane by Custom Building Products: As I have already mentioned, Redgard is the most popular and the most talked about liquid waterproofing membrane out there.
  • Mapei Mapelastic Aquadefense:
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Hilari Classen

Pundit

What is the best underlayment for tile floors?

Concrete backer board (Durock and WonderBoard), which is the standard material for tile underlayment. Concrete backer board has a solid concrete core, and both sides are faced with fiberglass. It's waterproof, which makes it ideal for wet-area installations.

Niculina Melendre

Pundit

Does Home Depot sell Schluter?

Schluter - Tile Edging & Trim - Tile Tools & Supplies - The Home Depot.

Nadifa Quinders

Pundit

Can you install tile directly on concrete?

While you can install tile directly on concrete, problems erupt when the concrete cracks or shifts. All of the movement in concrete is transferred to the tile. Cracks in concrete immediately become cracks in the tile.

Marizabel Clawso

Teacher

What is detra?

Ditra is a polyethylene uncoupling underlayment with a grid structure of square cutback cavities and an anchoring fleece laminated to the underside. Ditra provides waterproofing and vapor management. Underlayment for tile.

Andrii Finyutin

Teacher

Do I need Ditra on concrete floor?

Lay the tile directly on the concrete
Yes, writes Doug McEvers, Ditra will insulate the concrete slab from the tile and lower the potential for thermal storage. “There is nothing wrong with tile laid directly on concrete providing all precautions are taken regarding moisture proofing,” he says.

Tabata Burgmanns

Teacher

Is backer board required for floor tile?

In short, tile and grout are not inherently waterproof. Cement backer board is often used as a tile base on plywood or OSB subfloor. Cement backer board on concrete as a subfloor or underlayment is usually not recommended or needed. In most cases, you can apply tile directly to the concrete.

Secundina Cora

Reviewer

Can I use Redgard on Hardibacker?

Redgard on Hardibacker Board
The trend these days is toward waterproof showers, so redgard will be better than a vapor barrier behind the cement board. Take a look at the Schluter Kerdi shower information on the Schluter site. Kerdi can be used over drywall, no cement board needed.

Novella Bayerbach

Reviewer

What is Ditra made of?

Ditra is an uncoupling membrane designed for ceramic and stone tile installations on floors. It provides uncoupling to prevent cracked tile and grout. It is made of polyethylene creating a waterproofing layer protecting the substrate.

Anarbella Parreño

Reviewer

How long should Kerdi dry before tiling?

Wait 24 hours after the membrane (i.e., Schluter®-KERDI-BAND and Schluter®-KERDI) installation is complete to allow for the final set of the mortar and to ensure waterproof performance of the assembly at seams and connections before water testing.

Qiong Zarzalejo

Reviewer

How long should Ditra dry before tiling?

Step 4: Mix Ditra-Set
Rich mixed the Ditra-Set with water using a mixing paddle, and he let it slake for 15 minutes before remixing.

Glennie Mohammed

Supporter

Xiuli Furnari

Supporter

Can you tile over Kerdi membrane?

Unmodified thin-set mortar is recommended to set ceramic and stone tile, including large format tiles, over the KERDI membrane. Since KERDI is impervious, it does not deprive the mortar of its moisture.

Fabiana Sreehari

Beginner

How long does Schluter Thinset take to dry?

Mix the thin-set for 5 minutes at a speed of 300 RPMs. We found that the thin-set will appear a bit dry after the 5 minutes but don't add more water. Let Schluter SET and ALL-SET sit or slake for 10 minutes.