When P. Plunkett Tiling Contractors Ltd won a major contract to tile 9,000 square metres of flooring at a new Marks & Spencer store in London, they needed the essential tile protection to look as good as possible.
In particular, they wanted the movement joints where the floor met the wall and other upright structures, to match the intermediate joints that were specified extensively throughout the store. So Plunketts Contracts Director David Baker discussed his requirements with the market leader in essential tiling protection, Schluter-Systems Ltd, who suggested the new Schlüter-DILEX-KSA.
"Other perimeter joints would also have protected the tiles from movement, but we wanted something that matched the coloured insert in the intermediate movement joints," said David Baker.
Schlüter-DILEX-KSA has metal anchoring legs connected to a replaceable movement zone made of soft PVC.
P. Plunkett installed 500 linear metres at the flagship Marks & Spencer store at Westfields Shopping Centre in the White City area of London. Schlüter-DILEX-KSA was used to create movement joints at walls, structural pillars and the central atrium containing the escalators. Light beige movement inserts were fitted to the stainless steel anchoring legs on the main sales floors to protect the H & R Johnson Jurastone Ancaster beige tiles.
The perimeter joints were used to complement the Schlüter-DILEX-EKSN intermediate joints which created individual tile fields in accordance with British Standards.
"The finished installation looks so much better than if we had used standard perimeter profiles or a flexible sealant, as many contractors do in these circumstances," said David Baker.
"More often than not we have the opportunity to recommend the appropriate movement joints to specifiers, and using Schlüter-DILEX-KSA means we will always be able to provide our customers with an attractive and neat edge where the tiles meet an upright."
The anchoring legs for Schlüter-DILEX-KSA come in stainless steel, brass and aluminium with a choice of grey, pastel grey, black and light beige movement zones.
The Marks & Spencer installation also included the use of Schlüter-DILEX intermediate movement joint profiles with black inserts to protect H & R Johnson's Denton black tiles in the food hall.