In the not-so-distant past, the world of shower construction was plagued by persistent issues—water leaks, mold growth, and the gradual deterioration of structural integrity. Traditional methods, relying on cement backer boards and waterproof membranes, often fell short, leaving homeowners grappling with maintenance challenges and costly repairs. Enter the Schluter System, a groundbreaking solution that has not only addressed these historical issues but has elevated the art of shower construction to new heights.
Schluter’s waterproofing system includes a wide range of products: Their waterproofing membranes come in a variety of sizes for easier shower construction, and also make installing custom benches and niches a breeze. The system also includes a variety of tools to make tiling your shower easier, like profile edges and preconstructed niches. Schluter also offers a convenient underfloor heating system, DITRA, which can be used to heat a shower floor, or pulled through the entire bathroom to create a fully heated tile floor.
Schluter’s system stands apart for being a “Sealed” system, rather than the traditional “Water in, water out” method of shower waterproofing. Traditional WIWO showers assume that water will penetrate the membranes, and provide drainage for that excess water. Sealed systems instead use waterproofing under the mortar layer for a single, sealed waterproof surface. For more information, check out this guide from Floor Trends Magazine.
Moreover, the Schluter commitment extends beyond construction to peace of mind, backed by a robust warranty. Homeowners can embark on their journey of reimagining their shower space with the assurance that comes from a company standing firmly behind its products. Schluter’s warranty is a testament to the confidence they have in the durability and performance of their system, adding an extra layer of security to your investment.
In this guide, we’ll run through the individual pieces of the Schluter system, and explain the benefits in terms of cost, customization options, and ease of construction.