The Schluter Shower is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled wet-areas. The Schluter System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time. From drains to wet-area benches to waterproofing pipe seals, Trugard offers everything you need to ensure a dependable and watertight installation.
Contrary to popular belief, tiles and grout joints are not inherently waterproof, and must be installed in conjunction with a waterproofing system that effectively manages moisture and prevents mold growth.
The timeless beauty of ceramic and stone tiles enhances the aesthetics of any bathroom. Tiled wet-areas, steam shower, and bathtub surrounds are luxurious and elegant and add to the value of your home.
Tiles are not inherently waterproof, however, and must be installed in conjunction with a waterproofing system that effectively manages moisture to protect moisture-sensitive building materials and control mold growth.
Assemblies achieved using the Schluter Shower System reduce total installation time and eliminate the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration, thus preventing efflorescence and mold growth.
The choices can be endless when it comes to a tiled bathroom project, but finding all of the essential waterproofing elements to shower systems by schluter complete the project need not be overwhelming. Let us do some of the legwork for you! We designed our wet-area and tub kits to simplify the process and provide all of the waterproofing components required to prepare your wet-area and bathtub walls for tile. Choose from our convenient, assembled kits to find the perfect fit for your next wet-area project.
Any tile system must be installed in conjunction with a waterproofing system that effectively manages moisture and prevents mold growth. The Trugard-Wet-area System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled wet-areas. The Schluter Wet-area System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time.
If you’re including the Trugard Shower System in a bathroom renovation, here are 3 proven installation tips.
Tip 1: Cutting Trays, Curbs & Benches
Prefabricated wet-area substrates such as trays, curbs, and benches are ideal solutions for including mortar-free components in any tiled wet-area. But what if your client has a smaller wet-area? These prefabricated wet-area substrates can be cut to size to fit nearly any wet-area application.
* For the shower tray, you can use a utility knife to cut to size. Keep in mind that because the tray is sloped, when you cut it, the perimeter will be thinner. Ideally, cut the tray by equal amounts on all sides—this will keep the height consistent and help ensure an even elevation for the first course of wall tile.
* The wet-area curb and bench are both much thicker, so the best approach is to use a hand saw if you need to trim these down in size. Make sure to use a sharp blade, and take the time to draw a square line on the curb or bench to ensure a straight, clean cut. You can cut the curb to height by using a hand saw as well.
Tip 2: Minimizing Build-Up At Inside Wet-area Corners
Build-up at inside wet-area corners can be particularly challenging when setting small tiles on the wet-area base or walls. To avoid this, start by installing the Trugard-KERECK preformed corners.
Next, measure and cut sections of Trugard-BAND waterproofing strips to seal the areas between corners. Keep in mind that a 2” overlap can be achieved without continuing Trugard-BAND all the way into the corner of the wet-area.
As an extra tip, crease the Trugard-BAND before installation to help maintain tight corners and make subsequent tile setting as simple as possible.
Tip 3: How To Seal Schluter Seams
When waterproofing your shower with the Trugard membrane, it’s important to make sure to seal all seams that are created when installing adjacent sheets of the membrane. This will help ensure the waterproof integrity of your wet-area.
There are two ways to do this. Here’s how:
* Trugard sheets may be joined using a lap seam. This approach allows you to combine membrane installation shower pans pre sloped schluter and joint sealing in one step. Make sure that the second sheet of Trugard membrane overlaps the first by at least 2”—you can make sure this is accomplished by marking the sheet 2” from the edge.
* Alternatively, Trugard sheets may be butted and covered with Trugard-BAND waterproofing strips. Since Trugard-BAND is half the thickness of Trugard, build-up at seams is minimized using this method. You can center the 5”-wide Trugard-BAND at the center of the joint to ensure that the required 2” overlap is respected, with a little wiggle room to spare.
Build your dream wet-area with the help of a Trugard wet-area system. A must-have for the DIY lover, Trugard wet-area systems make it easy to build a waterproof surface for your wet-area and tile directly on it afterwards.
The Trugard-Wet-area System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled wet-areas. The Trugard-Wet-area System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time. From drains to wet-area benches to waterproofing pipe seals, Trugard-Systems offers everything you need to ensure a dependable and watertight installation..
Trugard-LINE is a low profile linear floor drain specifically designed for bonded waterproofing assemblies. Trugard-LINE can be installed adjacent to walls or at intermediate locations in wet-areas, steam rooms, wet rooms, and other applications that require waterproofing and drainage. The floor can be sloped on a single plane to Trugard-LINE, which enables the use of large-format tiles and creates interesting design opportunities.
The grate assembly consists of a brushed stainless steel frame and three design grate options. Option A is a closed-design, brushed stainless steel grate. Option B is a brushed stainless grate with square perforations. The covering support D is a stainless steel plate with Trugard laminated on the surface to allow for bonding of ceramic or stone tile which creates a virtually invisible drainage line.
As our customer, you should come to expect only the highest level of service from Trugard.
A system warranty includes all products in a particular system of Trugard products. Warranties cover the reinstallation/replacement of the Trugard products, non-reusable tile surfaces, and the appropriate setting and grouting materials or payment to reinstall the affected portion of the tile assembly, including labor. Depending on the system(s), Trugard warranties can last from 10 years.
Why would a customer prefer a Trugard wet-area system?
One big reason is design. A Trugard wet-area has more flexibility than a traditional wet-area. Without the need for a traditional wet-area liner, choices in drain design and barrier free installations become possible.
Another reason is functionality. Tile selection can sometimes change the dynamic of how a wet-area is prepared. Irregular patterns or tiles such as chevron and herringbone cannot always conform to a traditional wet-area drain. A linear drain with proper placement can accommodate the most complex of installations.
One additional reason why customers request Trugard System is they had a bad installation of a traditional system. A traditional system does not go far enough for some people after you've experienced mold, a wet-area that won't dry out or encountered design limitations. A traditional wet-area alternative schluter kit for shower still has its place and installed correctly can last a long time.
Traditional tiled wet-area installations are time consuming, expensive, and leave your wet-area vulnerable to mold growth and efflorescence. Trugard offers a wide array of fully integrated components for building a compl ete, high-quality wet-area assembly that incorporates superior waterproofing technology, which both simplifies wet-area installation and protects your investment.
Trugard-WET-AREA Systems include drains, waterproofing materials and prefabricated substrates, such as curbs, benches niches, and trays, available individually or as part of a convenient, all-inclusive kit.
Trugard-WET-AREA kits include everything you need to build a ready-to-tile wet-area assembly that is water-tight and mold resistant. (Available in several different sizes & configurations.)
Trugard Wet-area Kit is one of the best options for wet-area remodels. But every wet-area project has challenges.
And it’s super easy to make bad mistakes, even with the Trugard wet-area kit.
As a rule, you want your wet-area or tub surround to be waterproof in any areas where water may hit. If not watertight, you run the risk of mold and mildew growing, which can lead to serious structural damage in your home.
There are three main ways to waterproof your wet-area: use a Trugard kit, or use a traditional vapor membrane and mudset. On this page, you can compare and contrast these waterproofing systems and methods to choose which is best for your installation.
Order a complete kit of all the components you need: pre-fabricated wet-area pan, wet-area curb, seals for the wet-areahead and pipes, corners, Trugard band, and waterproofing Trugard fabric.
The key to Trugard is the polyethylene waterproofing fabric. Once your pre-fabricated wet-area pan is down and your wall board is up, the entire wet-area surround is coated with the Trugard fabric and seamed with the Trugard band for a watertight installation.
Build the wet-area of your dreams with a custom wet-area system.Create the wet-area you want with easy-to-build materials. Make your wet-area renovation easy with a wet-area system below. We sell the Wet-area System and Waterproofing, Uncoupling, and Drainage.
Trugard Wet-area Systems include the following:
Trugard systems Waterproofing, Uncoupling, and Drainage Systems include the following:
* Trugard Bands
* Trugard Waterproof Membranes
* Trugard Kereck F
* Trugard KM
* Trugard Fix
* Troba/Troba Plus
* Trugard Pipe & Valve Seals
Contrary to popular belief, any kind of stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile isn’t waterproof, and neither is grout or mortar. If tile is installed in an area with heavy moisture, like the wet-area, it can take in moisture and develop mold and mildew. This is one reason why you can't install tile directly on your wet-area form. You need a wet-area bed. Let’s look at the traditional mud bed versus the Trugard Shower System.
Mud beds have been used for a long time, and they have some pros and cons. With the mud bed method, you can build your wet-area any size you want, but installation can be complicated and requires a lot more materials than Trugard wet-area kits. Cement board is generally used as backing and is relatively heavy and often harder to install. When forming the wet-area bed, a slope toward the wet-area drain must be made. If your installer doesn’t form the slope well enough, you can have issues like water collection and leakage, leading to mold and even rotting.
Trugard wet-area kits completely waterproof your space and are much simpler to install. The System uses Trugard, a thin polyurethane sheet that's bonded between two sheets of polyester fleece, known as backing. Trugard is much lighter and easier to handle when installing than cement board backing. The best thing about Trugard is that when water soaks through your tile and mortar, it hits the Trugard backing and slides right down to the drain. This keeps water from building up and causing mold and damage. With the Trugard System, you can customize your wet-area to any size with the Trugard-Wet-area St fabricated foam tray. This tray has its own slope, leaving little room for installer error.
While the Trugard Shower is more expensive than the mud bed method, it’s less expensive than replacing your wet-area in a few years because of water damage. Using the Trugard System will protect your investment and keep your bathroom beautiful.
As our customer, you should come to expect only the highest level of service from Trugard. Our goal is to be the most dependable, efficient and professional supplier of quality building materials.
Installing a new wet-area is often a time consuming and messy endeavor regardless of if you're a professional contractor or DIY weekend warrior. With the Trugard Wet-area Kit, the wet-area installation process is made easier than ever. The Wet-area Kit includes all the Trugard components needed for a watertight wet-area without a traditional mortar bed. Traditional mortar beds are labor intensive and getting the correct slope can be challenging. With traditional mortar beds, a waterproofing membrane, Kerdi waterproofing schluter membrane or pan liner, must be installed on top of the sloped mortar bed to create the waterproof base. However, tile cannot be directly installed on the pan liner so another mortar bed layer is required to create a suitable bonding surface for tile. Without a correctly installed mortar bed and pan liner, the wet-area becomes susceptible to leaks, mold, and efflorescence.
No one wants a moldy or leaky wet-area! And we know how to prevent it. Every wet-area installed by Trugard Direct utilizes the Wet-area System. The Trugard Wet-area System (Trugard Waterproofing) provides a bonded, watertight assembly of components – no failures due to water and vapor penetration!
Trugard-WET-AREA is a modular system for the construction of floor level wet-areas with ceramic tiles. The sloped trays, which have optional levelling boards, are available in different dimensions.
The matching floor drain system Trugard-DRAIN-BASE is available as a set. Depending on the conditions of the construction site, other variants of Trugard-DRAIN may be used as well. Various sets of Trugard are available for waterproofing the wall areas.
The surface of the sloped trays already has the necessary gradient of > 2 % (except for long sides of sloped trays with the dimension 180 x 90 cm). The drain body and the drainage pipe are inserted into the levelling board, which represents the lowest possible construction height and can be adjusted, for example with a mortar layer. The available base dimensions are:
* 90 x 90 cm
* 100 x 100 cm
* 120 x 120 cm
* 150 x 150 cm
* 90 x 180 cm
Smaller dimensions can easily be cut to size with a utility knife. The material features prepared cutting grooves for circular cuts. The matching floor drain for the system, Trugard-DRAIN-BASE (for horizontal drainage), has a drain capacity of 0.4 l/s.
Matching variants of Trugard-DRAIN are available for special cases with higher drain capacity needs, vertical drains, or other requirements.
Trugard-WET-AREA stands out for its particularly easy and reliable installation. Together with Trugard waterproofing component, this meets the requirements of the German Certificate of National Technical Approval (abP) for Category A waterproofing assemblies. The system components of Trugard-WET-AREA are packaged as a set and can easily be combined as required.