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Building Products October 2017

40TH ANNIVERSARY | SCHLUTER SYSTEMS | ADVERTORIAL FROM KERDI TO COMPLETE SOLUTION Back in 1987, Schlüter introduced the world to KERDI, to satisfy the demands of waterproofing a tiled installation. A pliable waterproofing membrane for walls designed for the direct application of tile, KERDI is highly versatile and easy to manipulate: knowing first-hand the challenges that tilers faced, Schlüter endeavoured to find solutions to their problems. As the company grew, the pace of innovation accelerated— Schlüter had already developed a number of innovative products previous to KERDI, and a path of innovation was emerging. From waterproof membrane to backerboard In 2009, an analysis of the performance of backerboards within the market led to the creation of Schlüter®-KERDI-BOARD, which took the tried and tested concept of KERDI and created a unique cement-free waterproof face affixed either side of an extruded hard foam panel, to form a multifunctional substrate board for wall areas. The introduction of KERDIBOARD reduced the steps needed to create the CE marked waterproof substrate so vital for a wetroom or areas of high moisture, and provided a greener, dust-free alternative to cement-faced or 36 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2017 plaster boards, consigning water-resistant boards to the past. One manufacturer equals a co-ordinated solution In the same year as KERDIBOARD made its debut, Schlüter announced another game changer—the pre-formed trays of the Schlüter®-KERDI-SHOWER range, with Schlüter®- KERDI-DRAIN, for point drains; and Schlüter®- KERDI-LINE, for linear drains. For the first time, a complete wetroom solution could be created exclusively using Schlüter products, with the drains featuring preadhered collars of KERDI membrane to allow for secure connection of critical joints with the waterproofing system. The benefits provided with the use of only one manufacturer should not be underestimated—products are purposefully developed to complement and coordinate with an existing range, admin and troubleshooting are simplified, and warranties can be achieved from a single source. From total system to augmented solution Having mastered the art of total system development, Schlüter has further enhanced the design options available to specifiers, allowing for closer customisation and even unique branding. The trend-led finishes of the TRENDLINE range of wall profile finishes have introduced up-to-theminute textured tones, which can be applied to blend with or create a striking contrast to the chosen tile or stone. The illuminated profiles of the LIPROTEC range are the latest exciting development for designers, allowing for the incorporation of mood, ambience, and even corporate colours into a room’s design. Tailored support and services From an initial spark of ingenuity to becoming one of the biggest names in the tiling industry, Schlüter has always been a champion of practicality and usability, not to mention the education that enables best use of its products. As demand for tailored solutions rockets and the business continues to expand, Schlüter looks forward in anticipation—in learning more and more about its customers every day, products are enhanced, processes are refined and everything works to deliver. Tackling matters of time Being time-poor is one of the greatest handicaps of society in the 21st century, and affects all aspects of life. Schlüter does what it can to minimise time wastage on projects: • Covering assembly BEKOTEC and hydronic underfloor heating system BEKOTEC-THERM require no curing and can be tiled immediately • Electric underfloor heating system DITRAHEAT E reduces application steps, saving height and up to 70% installation time • KERDI waterproofing provision has expanded from simple sheet membrane, to backerboards, niches and pre-formed pieces, to reduce steps and increase the pace of an installation. • Wetroom kits gather together all the component products required for an installation, leaving no stone unturned and no product forgotten. Quality for the 21st century and beyond From the very beginnings with Schlüter®-KERDI, through to the development of complete protection solutions and now design refinement options to match, Schlüter's wetroom solutions are all-encompassing, and quality unceasing. In 40 years, we've progressed from KERDI to complete solution—and we’ve got so much more to give. T: 01530813396 E: pr@schluter.co.uk W: www.perfectwetroom.co.uk Schlüter-Systems is a company with a clear vision to innovate and continues to develop solutions to add to its range of products for the protection of tile and stone. Here we show you how one simple membrane inspired an all-encompassing solution specified in prestigious projects across the UK and worldwide.


Building Products October 2017
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