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Installing a Schluter Shower System
The natural beauty of stone and tile are far preferred by most homeowners over pre-shaped plastic tub surrounds. This is especially true in luxury bathroom remodels.
Bathroom remodeling contractors are enjoying the ease of installation that Schluter shower systems offer. Homeowners are happy because they facilitate the installation of a tile or stone shower that is maintenance-free, sanitary and impervious to water.
Pam and Fred Dierks chose to go with a Schluter shower system when they had their master bath remodeled.
Basic Steps for installing Schluter Shower System for a Tile Shower
After the bathroom contractors had gutted the old bathroom and roughed in the tub and shower areas the Schluter drain pan could be installed.
1) Unmodified thin-set mortar was spread onto the shower substrate floor. Next, the Schluter-KERDI SHOWER TRAY (Schluter-KERDI-SHOWER-ST) was laid and pressed into place in the bed of thin-set.
2) Next Schluter-KERDI-BAND Waterproofing strip was affixed, using thin-set mortar, to every seam where the wall met the floor and where wall met wall to secure a proper seal.
Photo courtesy of Schluter Systems
3) Following that, the walls where covered Schluter-KERDI Waterproofing membrane. To do this the walls were troweled with thin-set. Then the thin layer waterproofing material was unrolled over the prepped walls. The edge of each new piece of waterproofing membrane overlapped the previous piece by two inches. This sealed all the walls in the shower area so that they would be protected from moisture and vapor infiltration. *Note: Schluter-KERDI can be used directly over regular drywall. When installed properly the waterproof membrane will completely protect a tiled shower wall from moisture and water.
4) The Schluter-KERDI-DRAIN was installed and the waste line was connected. This Schluter floor drain has a sloped, integrated bonding flange. The entire shower tray then had a layer of unmodified thin-set mortar applied to its surface. The shower floor was then covered with the Schluter-KERDI Waterproofing membrane.
5) Then, the Schluter-KERDI SHOWER CURB (Schluter-KERDI-SHOWER-SC) was cut to the proper length and installed. This curb provides a ledge that will keep water in the shower and will support the glass door.
6) The KERDI shower curb then had the waterproofing membrane applied to it with thin-set. Careful attention was given to seal all of the junctions where the curb met the wall and floor. *Note: Schluter-KERDI-SHOWER curb is made from EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam. It has 57 psi of compressive strength and can support tile and glass shower doors.
7) The shower stall was then tiled and grouted as usual.
8) Finally, the glass walls and glass door was installed for the shower. **
3 - Schluter-KERDI-DRAIN - floor drain with a sloped, integrated bonding flange
4 - Schluter-KERDI-BAND Waterproofing strip - for seams
5 - Schluter-KERDI Waterproofing membrane - for walls and floors
Diagram courtesy of Schluter Systems
** Please Note: These basic steps are only meant to provide a general outline for using a Schluter shower system. Bathroom remodelers, contractors and homeowners that chose to use this product for their bathroom shower make over or new installation should follow the specific directions provided by the manufacturer.
Varying the size and shape of the tile or stone used in a bathroom remodel offers rich texture and appealing visual focal points. The smaller tile that was installed at the base of the jacuzzi tub looks sensational.
Pam & Fred's tiled shower stall incorporated a
Schluter-KERDI Shower tray and curb under the tile.
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