Today’s bathroom has transformed from basic, into beautiful. These areas now include large barrierfree
spaces, steam showers, and soaking tubs. Built-in seats and benches, along with inset shelves
and niches all contribute to creating peaceful, spa-like retreats. Linear drains add a touch of elegance,
allowing for single-sloped floors and large-format tiles that carry through from the floor, right in to the
shower or wet area of the bath. This flexibility in design is enhanced through the use of tile, which combines
hygienic virtues with versatility in décor. The result is glamorous bathrooms that are both durable and highly
functional—the theme of the next generation bathroom.
From a design perspective, open concept bathrooms are quickly becoming a hot trend on the market.
With floors sloped to linear drains, shower curbs and shower doors can disappear, creating barrier-free
bathrooms. Accessible showers not only create beautiful spaces, they also provide freedom and security
to individuals with limited mobility, or homeowners wanting to age in place. This combination of style and
accessibility provides greater value to a bathroom, where today’s barrier-free bathroom built for its design,
will continue to provide homeowners with autonomy in the future.
Utility & Function
Moisture management is the foundation of a successful tiled bathroom. Moisture-sensitive construction
materials such as wood framing, plywood or OSB sheathing, and gypsum wallboard must be protected
from water and vapor penetration. Wet areas increase the potential for mold growth if effective moisture
management is not provided. The key to mold control is moisture control.
The Schluter®-Shower System is an integrated family of products which together create a fully waterproof
and vapor tight enclosure in tiled showers, steam showers, and bathtub surrounds. The system is unique
because the waterproofing layer is installed at the top of the assembly, directly behind the tile, rather than
below. This eliminates the potential for moisture to seep into the mortar bed or the tile backing on walls, and
allows the tile covering to dry between uses.
The Schluter®-Shower System eliminates leaks, reduces the potential for efflorescence and mold growth in
the system, and dramatically reduces total installation time to ensure success and make shower installation
easier than ever.
In addition to showers and tub surrounds, bathroom floors are also subject to moisture.
Schluter®-DITRA is a waterproof, uncoupling membrane that prevents the main cause of cracked tile and
grout by absorbing movement stresses from the substrate and ensuring the integrity of tiled surfaces.
Simply treat seams and connections to the KERDI waterproofing membrane with KERDI-BAND
waterproofing strip to create a completely waterproof bathroom.