The single biggest asset Schluter Systems has going for it is "Research" and "Training". If you know the right people to talk to at Schluter Systems (ie Dale Kempster) the level of knowledge is outstanding. Over the last few years I have spoken ill about Kerdi Board - I still think it sucks as a backer board and regardless of my negative reviews the tech support from Schluter powers forward.
I must say that I'm very impressed by this and would like to share my thoughts on Schluter's products.
So here goes.
|Ditra and Kerdi Band installation|
Installing wire that will expand and contract while it goes through the heating cycles will cause stress at the mortar to wire connection. Little tiny cracks can show near the wire. Ditra takes care of this for us.
In the picture you can see that the Ditra is seamed with Kerdi Band. This install will help keep moisture from getting in under the tile and into the subfloor prep. This shower is a wet room and everything you see in the picture drains from right to left and then to the drain.
Building a barrier free shower - heating it - is not a simple process. It gives me peace of mind knowing that the heating system is protected from water and is GFI protected. This Ditra was installed in no time and follows the slight grading I incorporated with ease.
I hate working with dry set mortar and much prefer a good modified thin set. To allow for this later while installing the Ditra we skimmed it out flat with non-modfied thin set show here. We used KeraBond by Mapei.
Setting the Kerdi Band we like to back coat or flat coat the Kerdi Band and then install over the surface. This added step ensure we get full coverage and makes up for the lack of grabbing power most no-modifed thin sets have.
We are off to waterproof a shower today with Kerdi Board installed. I'll post a picture or video on this process and showcase my favourite waterproofing product - Kerdi Fix.