Schlüter-SCHIENE  Finishing profile for covering edges

The original since 1975.

Schlüter-SCHIENE is a special finishing profile installed all over the world that offers proven protection and adds a decorative touch to the edges of tiled coverings. However, the profile is also an excellent fit for other surface materials and applications. Applications include: transitions between different surface coverings (e.g. tile to carpet); dado coverings; edge protection at expansion joints; decorative edging for external wall corners and stairs; as well as a finish edging for all types of surfaces. SCHIENE profiles also create neat edges for covering materials such as carpet, parquetry, laminates, natural stone coverings, or cold cured resin coverings.

The profile’s unique design combines specific angle positions and material wall thicknesses to transmit point loads into the substrate and surface covering, thus protecting the covering’s edges against damage. The joint spacer, which is integrated from a profile height of 6 mm,defines a joint chamber with the tile. The anchoring leg of SCHIENE, in all material types, can be punched with a radius perforation so that the profile can be used to form curves.

  • Also available in 3 m
  • Radius perforation
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General product information

What this product does

Schlüter-SCHIENE-M / -A / -AE profiles in sizes 2 mm, 3 mm and 4.5 mm do not have a joint spacer.
For technical reasons, products that are only one metre in length are not available with radius perforations.

How to install this product

  1. Select the profile height according to the tile thickness and the installation method.
  2. Apply tile adhesive to the area where the tile covering will end, using a notched trowel.
  3. Press the trapezoid-perforated anchoring leg of the profile firmly into the adhesive and align it.
  4. Trowel additional tile adhesive over the trapezoid perforated anchoring leg to ensure full coverage.
  5. Fully embed the adjoining tiles and adjust them in such a way that the upper lip of the profile is flush with the tile.
    Note: The profile may slightly protrude or be recessed in the wall area to offset dimensional variations in the covering material. In floor areas, the profile should not be higher than the tiled surface, but rather up to approx. 1 mm lower.
  6. The tile is set to the lateral joint spacer, which creates an evenly spaced joint of 1.5 mm. In the case of profiles without joint spacer, a joint of approx. 1.5 mm is recommended.
  7. Completely fill the space between the tile and the profile with grout.

What this product is made from

The profile is available in the following finishes:

  • E = stainless steel
    • V2A, material no. 1.4301 = AISI 304
    • V4A, material no. 1.4404 = AISI 316L
  • EB = brushed stainless steel
  • A = aluminium
  • M = brass
  • AE = anodised aluminium

Material properties and areas of application

In special cases, the suitability of materials must be verified based on the anticipated chemical, mechanical, and/or other stresses.

Schlüter-SCHIENE in versions -E (stainless steel), -EB (brushed stainless steel), -A (aluminium), -AE (anodised aluminium) and -M (brass) are suitable for installation in wall and floor areas.

Profiles for use in walls and floors

Schlüter-SCHIENE-M are profiles made of brass. Minor manufacturing flaws are unavoidable on their untreated surfaces. They are suitable for absorbing high mechanical stresses, e.g. as an edge protection for movement joints in industrial floor coverings with conveyor traffic. Brass is resistant to virtually all chemicals used in conjunction with tile coverings.

Brass that is exposed to air will oxidise, resulting in a natural patina. Exposure to moisture or aggressive substances may result in heavy oxidation and staining at the surface.

Schlüter-SCHIENE-A are profiles made of aluminium. Technically, these are so-called semi-finished products, in which minor manufacturing traces also cannot be avoided. The suitability of the profiles should be reviewed based on the anticipated chemical stresses. Aluminium is sensitive to alkaline media. Cementitious materials, in conjunction with moisture, become alkaline. Since aluminium is sensitive to alkaline substances, exposure to the alkali (depending on the concentration and time of exposure) may result in corrosion (aluminium hydroxide formation). For this reason, remove mortar or grouting material immediately from all visible areas and do not cover freshly installed coverings until the adhesive and grout have dried. Solidly embed the profile in the setting material to prevent alkaline water from accumulating in small cavities.

In case of more demanding visual requirements, SCHIENE-AE or -EB with post-treated, high-quality finishes are available.

Schlüter-SCHIENE-AE, made of anodised aluminium, has an anodised surface finish that will not change under normal circumstances. The finish may be damaged by aggressive substances or abrasive stresses. The surface, however, is susceptible to scratching and wear and may be damaged by tile adhesive, mortar, or grouting material. Therefore, setting materials must be removed immediately. Otherwise, the description regarding aluminium applies.

Schlüter-SCHIENE-E is made of roll formed V2A (material no. 1.4301) or V4A (material no. 1.4404) stainless steel. The profile structure therefore varies slightly from the extruded brass and aluminium versions. SCHIENE-E is highly durable and especially suited for application areas that must be resistant to chemicals and acids, such as the food industry, breweries, dairies, industrial kitchens, and hospitals as well as private residences.

Depending on the anticipated chemical stresses, customers can choose between the alloy materials 1.4301 (V2A) or 1.4404 (V4A). The use of V4A is recommended if consistent exposure is expected, for example in the case of swimming pools (fresh water). Even stainless steel of quality 1.4404 is not resistant to all chemical stresses. Substances such as hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acid or certain chloride and brine concentrations may cause damage. In certain cases, this also applies to seawater pools. Special anticipated stresses should therefore always be verified in advance.

How to look after this product

The profile requires no special maintenance or care. Do not use abrasive cleaning agents on the sensitive surfaces. Oxidation films on brass or aluminium may be removed with a common polishing agent; however, they do reoccur. Damaged anodised surfaces can be restored with paint. Stainless steel surfaces develop a sheen when treated with a chrome polishing agent etc.

Stainless steel surfaces exposed to the environment or aggressive substances should be cleaned periodically using a mild household cleaner. Regular cleaning maintains the neat appearance of stainless steel and reduces the risk of corrosion. All cleaning agents must be free of hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid. Avoid contact with other metals, such as regular steel, to prevent corrosion. This also includes installation tools such as trowels or steel wool, e.g. for the removal of mortar residue.

We recommend the use of the stainless steel cleaning polish Schlüter-CLEAN-CP.



How to install tile profiles for floor transitions - Schlüter®-SCHIENE