Brief overview of our company's history

2016
2016

DESIGNBASE: A new alternative to tile baseboards

Schluter®-DESIGNBASE features a clean, polished look, and is easily attached to the wall using a suitable adhesive, such as KERDI-FIX. An optional sealing lip accessory is also available to protect the floor/wall transition from moisture penetration and to reduce the transmission of impact sound. Available in a brushed stainless steel appearance finish and color-coated aluminum in matte white, DESIGNBASE is a great option to finish any tiled floor!

2016
2016

KERDI-BOARD Benches & Curbs

Speed up the process of waterproofing a shower area prior to tile installation! The Schluter®-KERDI-BOARD product line has expanded to include the KERDI-BOARD-SB shower bench and KERDI-BOARD-SC shower curb, offering integrated waterproofing, a lightweight and rigid structure, and ease of installation.

2016
2016

Electric Floor Warming with Integrated Thermal Break

Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT-TB is the only electric floor warming system with an integrated thermal break, and is ideal for tiled floors over concrete. The thermal break directs heat up into the tile rather than down into the subfloor, resulting in tiled floors that warm up to 70% faster over concrete substrates.

2015
2015

The all new schluter.com

Inspire. Learn. Choose. This was the theme behind the completely newly designed schluter.com website, with an emphasis on building projects, collaborating, configuring products, and learning more about our systems and solutions.

 

2014
2014

Electric floor warming system with integrated uncoupling

Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT is the only electric floor warming system that directly incorporates uncoupling technology to ensure that floors aren't susceptible to cracked tiles and grout. Cables can be placed wherever heat is desired for customized heating zones, and no leveling compounds are required, which makes for a quick and easy installation. With the proven technology of our Schluter®-DITRA uncoupling membrane incorporated in the design, Schluter®-DITRA-HEAT provides the ideal solution for bringing comfort and floor warming to any tiled floor.

2013
2013

Tileable Covering Support

The frameless, tileable covering support features a square stainless steel plate with Schluter®-KERDI laminated on the surface to allow for bonding of ceramic or stone tile, creating a virtually invisible drainage line.

2011
2011

Low-profile linear floor drain

Schluter®-KERDI-LINE is a low profile linear floor drain specifically designed for bonded waterproofing assemblies. Schluter®-KERDI-LINE can be installed adjacent to walls or at intermediate locations in showers, wet rooms, and other applications that require waterproofing and drainage. The floor can be sloped on a single plane to Schluter®-KERDI-LINE, which enables the use of large-format tiles and creates interesting design opportunities.

2010
2010

Substrate, building panel, bonded waterproofing

Schluter®-KERDI-BOARD gives tile setters more control over their projects by providing them with the means to simply and easily create ideal substrates for tile. Unsuitable substrates can be remedied and new substrates can be created while keeping the technical and aesthetic requirements of the tile covering in mind.

2008
2008

Uncoupling membrane

Schluter®-DITRA-XL is 5/16" (7mm) thick, which permits even transitions between tile and 3/4"-thick hardwood flooring. DITRA-XL allows for ceramic tile application over single-layer plywood/OSB subfloors on joists spaced up to 24" (610mm) o.c.

2001
2001

Profile of innovation

The patented joint spacer gives Schluter®-Profiles an exclusive, uniform joint appearance and simplifies the grouting process.

2001
2001

The integrated bonding flange

Conventional two-stage floor and shower drains are designed to clamp to waterproofing membranes below the mortar bed, while bonded waterproofing membranes are topically applied. The revolutionary Schluter®-KERDI-DRAIN is developed with an integrated bonding flange that allows for a watertight connection to Schluter®-KERDI, and other bonded waterproof membranes, at the top of the assembly.

1990
1990

Christening!

Schluter is henceforth called Schluter®-Systems.

1987
1987

Bonded waterproofing membrane introduced

Schluter®-KERDI, a pliable sheet-applied bonded waterproof membrane is introduced. Unlike traditional waterproofing, Schluter®-KERDI is bonded to the substrate and allows for the direct application of tile using the thin-set method. This prevents moisture from infiltrating the mortar setting bed, thus reducing the risk of leakage, efflorescence, and mold growth in wet areas (e.g., showers, commercial kitchens, etc.).

1987
1987

Schluter invents the uncoupling membrane

One of the most influential advancements in the tile industry was the introduction of the uncoupling membrane, Schluter®-DITRA. For thousands of years, tile was successfully installed using the sand strata method. This method incorporated a layer of sand to uncouple the tile surface from the substrate, allowing the two surfaces to move independently. Thin-set mortar was developed in the 1960's, and tile-setting techniques took a new direction. Force-conductive bonding, or bonding the tile directly to the substrate, became the standard. Since the substrate and the tile react to changes in moisture and temperature at different rates, stresses in the force-conductive assembly can produce cracks in the tiled surface. Werner Schlüter developed Schluter®-DITRA, which replicates the function of the sand strata method, effectively uncoupling the tile from the substrate. This improved version of the sand strata method also incorporates waterproofing and vapor management functions.

1985
1985

Movement without cracks

Schluter®-DILEX profile series hits the market. For the first time, it is possible to construct long-term, maintenance-free movement joints.

1982
1982

Schluter makes the first balcony drainage system

Temperature fluctuations and the resulting freeze/thaw cycle can cause the gradual deterioration of the mortar bed in exterior tile applications. Werner Schlüter developed water management systems, including the Schluter®-TROBA drainage matting and the BARA and BARIN edging and gutter systems.

1975
1975

In the beginning was the profile

The first Schluter®-SCHIENE is produced - Werner Schlüter and a friend produce the first Schluter®-SCHIENE prototype out of brass. Production and sales begin.

1966
1966

Schluter Tile

As a young master tile installer, Werner Schlüter establishes his tile installation company.