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Based on his extensive knowledge of tile assemblies, Werner SchlÃ¼ter has consistently met the needs of a rapidly evolving industry by developing practical solutions to tile installation challenges. What began as a modest idea has since evolved into a company with over 40 product lines that are promoted in countries around the world.
After having observed a tile setter on his way home from school when he was only 12 years old, Werner SchlÃ¼ter decided to become a Master Tile Setter. Seven years later, he had completed the required training as an apprentice and a journeyman. In 1966, he established his own tile installation company, Schluter Tile.
While working on an unusual bathroom project in Germany that included four thresholds, Mr. SchlÃ¼ter came up with a solution to a common problem. Typically, exposed tile edges were left vulnerable to chipping and breaking. Mr. SchlÃ¼ter concluded that a metal "L" angle, installed prior to placing tiles, would not only serve as edge protection, but also hide the unglazed edge and provide a straight and clean transition to adjoining surfaces. Hence in 1975, the Schluter-SCHIENE was bornâ€”the first in a long line of successful products and systems that have made Schluter-Systems the largest and most innovative supplier in the industry.
The right idea - at the right time!
The concept of using profiles fits perfectly into the context of new developments in tile production and construction materials.
The oil crisis in the seventies meant that the firing processes in tile manufacturing had to change. To save energy, tiles are now fired only once. It is impossible, or at least extremely involved, to produce tile trim pieces for corners and edges using this technique.
Also, tiles are no longer laid in a mortar bed, but embedded into special adhesives. The outer edges of the tiles therefore remain exposed and unprotected. The profile quickly proved to be excellent edge protection, and was aesthetically pleasing at the same time! Small wonder that the Schluter-SCHIENE became a world renowned product.
The product became the first in a long line of successful products and systems that have made Schluter-Systems the largest and most innovative supplier in the industry.
Schluter-Systems' North America subsidiary, Schluter Systems L.P., was founded in 1986. With offices both in Montreal, Canada and Plattsburgh, New York, this subsidiary is the second-largest operation in the International Corporation, the first being the home company in Germany.
Schluter Systems L.P. has over 100 employees who work closely with dealers, distributors, tile contractors, architects, specifiers, and various other members of the building/construction industry, providing the best customer service available - actively helping to ensure a long-lasting tile installation.
We share our knowledge!
As the industry's source for innovative solutions for ceramic and stone tile installations, we are committed to education and training in industry-approved installation methods through nationwide on-site seminars and training sessions.
A brief overview of our company's history
1966 - Schluter Tile
As a young master tile installer, Werner SchlÃ¼ter establishes his tile installation company.
1975 - In the beginning was the profile
The first Schluter-SCHIENE is produced - Werner SchlÃ¼ter and a friend produce the first Schluter-SCHIENE prototype out of brass. Production and sales begin.
1980 - Introduction of Schluter-TREP
The Schluter-TREP stair-nosing profiles are developed to protect tile edges and provide a slip-resistant tread surface for durable, safe, and visually appealing tiled stairs.
1982 - Schluter makes the first balcony drainage system
Temperature fluctuations and the resulting freeze/thaw cycle can cause the gradual deterioration of the mortar bed in exterior tile applications. Werner SchlÃ¼ter developed water management systems, including the Schluter-TROBA drainage matting and the BARA and BARIN edging and gutter systems.
1985 - Movement without cracks
The Schluter-DILEX profile series hits the market. For the first time, it is possible to construct long-term, maintenance-free movement joints.
1987 - Schluter invents the uncoupling membrane
One of the most influential advancements in the tile industry was the introduction of the uncoupling membrane, Schluter-DITRA. For thousands of years, tile was successfully installed using the sand strata method. This method incorporated a layer of sand to uncouple the tile surface from the substrate, allowing the two surfaces to move independently. Thin-set mortar was developed in the 1960's, and tile-setting techniques took a new direc