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Airports flying high with Schlüter-Systems

Flooring at airports across the UK and Ireland is flying high and being kept looking in first-class condition thanks to products from leading supplier of tile solutions, Schlüter-Systems.

From two of the world’s biggest and busiest transportation hubs at London Heathrow and London Gatwick to other international airports at Bristol, Liverpool and Dublin, specialist products from Schlüter-Systems are ensuring that each is able to cope with the millions of pairs of feet and the millions of trolley and suitcase wheels that pass through their doors each year with flying colours.

Upon landing at the various Heathrow Terminals, arrivals to the UK will not just be stepping onto British soil but the famous orange Schlüter®-DITRA matting, the leading uncoupling membrane which neutralises cracks and prevents movements from the screed being transferred to the tiled surface of the various arrivals areas.

25 miles away at Gatwick, both Schlüter®-SCHIENE edge profiles and Schlüter®-DILEX movement and control joint profiles can be found operating landside in the South Terminal.Schlüter®-SCHIENE is the original finishing threshold strip and offers the perfect protection. It finishes tiled surfaces and protects the outer edges of ceramic and natural stone floor coverings from mechanical impact.

Meanwhile movement joints from the Schlüter®-DILEX range, which are also benefiting staff and holidaymakers at both Dublin Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, offer secure edge protection and maintenance free solutions for surfaces exposed to continuous vehicular traffic. All profiles are installed at the same time as the tile covering and a wide variety in various material combinations are available, depending on the mechanical or chemical stresses expected on the covering.

Ian Knifton, Divisional Manager at Schlüter-Systems, comments, “There is no greater test for our products than at an international airport where they will experience the extremely high level of mechanical stresses caused by the millions of pairs of feet, luggage, trolleys and other vehicles that pass through every year. The fact that a range of Schlüter-Systems products can be found at airports not just across the UK but around the world speaks volumes for their performance and just proves what an ideal solution they provide to common load bearing problems.”

Schlüter®-DITRA has been a proven solution for uncoupling and bonded waterproofing for over 20 years and remains unique to the market due to its geometry which allows for the absorption of lateral movement in each direction. The uncoupling effect that it provides neutralises tensions between surfaces, whilst also providing a high load resistance. It’s also waterproof, with the added benefit of interconnected air channels to help moisture evaporate from the substrate.Schlüter-Systems is a family owned, internationally wide group of companies founded in Germany in 1966 by Werner Schlüter.

The UK operation is based at Bardon Hill in Coalville, Leicestershire. Schlüter® products are working today at many thousands of installations throughout the world - providing protection, and guaranteeing that the tile assembly continues to look as good as the day it was first fitted. Using Schlüter® means the installation lasts as long as it's designed to.

Contact Schlüter-Systems Ltd

Units 3-5 Bardon 22,
Beveridge Lane, Coalville,
Leicestershire, LE67 1TE
Phone: +44 (0) 1530 813396

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