Jul 062010

Schluter Ditra –  Tile flooring installation can be a very strong, almost maintenance free and hygienic flooring for your home. Installing tile flooring correctly can be challenging in today’s homes with different substrates. Schluter Ditra is a underlayment that can take the guess work out of your tile floor installation. Ditra is a Polyethylene based membrane formed into a grid to aid in adhesion. The underside is laminated with a fleece material and is installed to the substrate using thinset. Schluter recommends using a 11/64″ x 11/64″ trowel for installing Schluter Ditra to the substrate.  The fleece bonds with the thinset allowing it to become firmly bonded to the floor.  Tile is then ready to be installed onto the Ditra installation using a thinset mortar. Schluter-Ditra may be used most for giving a wood sub-floor a proper substrate for tile installation but its is much more than that. A Ditra installation also provides a waterproofing, vapor and uncoupling surface  to your floor.

Schluter Kerdi Shower Kit

Schluter Kerdi Shower Kit Contents

Schluter Kerdi –       Kerdi is a crack prevention and water proofing membrane used mostly in showers and bathtub surrounds. Its constructed out of a polyethylene material with a fleece covering to help bond it to the substrate and flooring. This waterproofing material is used the Schluter Kerdi Shower Kit.  Schluter Kerdi is installed using an unmodified  thinset mortar with a trowel size of 1/8 x 1/8 notch.

Tools needed for tile floor installation

Installing tile:  tile installation tools Having the proper tools for the job is very important not only for quality of your work but also for safety.  Depending on the tile your installing and the location the tools you use will change.  There are also lots of options for waterproofing and sound deadening materials available.  Crack […Read more]

Preperation and layout for tile install

Prepping for tile installation and layout to install tile If you are working with a plywood substrate you will want to begin by installing a underlayment that is suited for for tile (hardibacker, Schluter Ditra and durock are some popular choices) If you have a nice concrete slab you will just want to make sure […Read more]