John Lewis and House of Fraser | Schlüter-Systems

Leading retailers protect their floors with Schlüter

Flooring at two of the UK’s best known names on the high street is now protected with the best known name in tiling protection after products from Schlüter-Systems were installed within some of its stores. 

Both John Lewis and House of Fraser are two of the busiest department store chains in the country, so when some of their stores required improvements to previously failing tiled surfaces it was important to use products that could not only perform effectively under the constant footfall but were also straightforward to install in order to minimise disruption. 

Although they won’t know it, shoppers perusing around the flagship John Lewis store in Oxford Street, London and the House of Fraser store in Glasgow will be walking on the famous orange Schlüter®-DITRA matting, the leading uncoupling membrane which neutralises cracks and prevents movements from the screed being transferred to the tiled surfaces of certain departments. 

Movements joints from the Schlüter®-DILEX range were specified and installed in both locations. Available in various material combinations depending on the mechanical or chemical stresses expected on the covering, these offer secure edge protection and maintenance free solutions for surfaces exposed to continuous pedestrian traffic. 

Ian Knifton, Divisional Manager at Schlüter-Systems, comments, “Much as a department store is able to satisfy the needs of its customers with an array of products from clothing to toiletries and electronic goods to travel accessories, we are able to supply distributors throughout the country with an extensive range of products for the perfect tile installation. A tile assembly in busy locations such as the need to be able to perform well under load whilst also providing flexibility for movements caused by changes in temperature and moisture content. This is where Schlüter®-DITRA stands out from the crowd – its unique patented geometry protects the tile layer from stresses like no other product and for over 20 years now has been ensuring that every installation lasts as long as it is designed to.” 

Schlüter®-DITRA is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities, each cut back in a dovetail configuration and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. The tile adhesive mechanically locks with the cut-back indentations on the topside of the matting, eliminating the need for further anchoring mesh, which would inhibit the movement capabilities of the mat. This unique, patented geometry allows Schlüter®-DITRA to absorb lateral movement in each direction, something that other products cannot reliably achieve. 

The uncoupling effect that this provides neutralises tensions between the substrate and tiled covering, whilst also providing a high load resistance. It’s also waterproof with a high vapour diffusion rating, and with the added benefit of interconnected air channels it allows moisture to evaporate from the substrate, e.g green screeds. 

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.

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

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