The use of ceramic or stone as a flooring material has become very popular lately and there are plenty of reasons for this. Tile floors are long-lasting, easy to care for, and offer a hygienic surface which asthma sufferers and others will appreciate. Unfortunately, the installation of the tiles might present significant challenges. Today’s tiles are often fired only once, making them vulnerable to crumbling or chipping during cutting and installation. The appropriate underlayment system can prevent some of this and may provide many benefits to those who want to protect their tile floors.
Introducing the Schluter Underlayment System
Schluter Systems was originally started by Werner Schluter who first worked as a Master Tile Setter. During his work laying tiles, Werner worked to come up with solutions to the challenges that tile setters were facing. As his products and methods became more widely known and began to show a history of effectiveness, the Schluter name became well known for quality and effectiveness.
One of the company’s popular products is the Schluter Ditra system. Understanding how this system benefits the tile setter during the installation of ceramic tiles or stone tiles can help homeowners and construction teams to place the correct priority on the underlayment system.
Protection against Cracking and Delaminating
Throughout history, tile flooring has been protected by the addition of an underlayment. This surface or layer allows the tiles to shift according to movement of the building, extreme temperatures, and the pressure of movement on the flooring. This “uncoupling” layer replaces the older plastic roll layers. It can reduce reflection while adding compression abilities and tensile strength. The uncoupling layer is also stable enough to walk on during installation. This layer reduces the friction and uneven pressure that can often lead to cracking, crumbling, and other damage to the tiles.
Waterproofing for Indoor and Outdoor Flooring
Tile and stone surfaces are common both inside and outside of homes and other buildings. Waterproofing is very important in both of these situations. The tile floors in kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are often exposed to water from sinks, toilets, washing machines, and other water sources. If the tile flooring system can withstand even emergency flooding, such as when a water heater leaks, then home and business owners can save a lot of money and frustration. Outdoor surfaces are consistently exposed to rain, swimming pool water, and other sources of water.
The Schluter systems include a composition of polyethylene that prevents the penetration of moisture into the substrate. This is different from many other types of substrates. This system also incorporates a free space within the matting to allow vapor and moisture to escape from the substrate.
Even Distribution of Load
Within the system are column-like structures which work together to provide support for the heavy loads placed upon the ceramic or stone tile flooring. This system of structures releases the pressure of weight from the tile itself and transfers it to the substrate which can better respond to compression. This allows the ceramic or stone to retain its own strength and integrity.
The effective systems developed by the Schluter company have been tested in both laboratory settings and within actual use situations. The Ditra system has even been tested with motor vehicle traffic.