Complete sets for floor and wall heating
Conveniently order DITRA-HEAT-E as a complete set with all required system components for heated wall and floor areas.
Included in all sets:
- Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-MA uncoupling mats
- Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E-HK heating cables
- 1 x Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E-R or Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E-R6 thermostat
- 2 x junction boxes
- 1 x conduit (3 m)
- Walls in interior spaces
- Floors in private use areas
- Control via WiFi
What this product does
Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT is a polypropylene membrane with a cut back stud structure and an anchoring ﬂeece laminated on the underside.
It is a universal substrate for tile coverings that forms an uncoupling, crack bridging, waterproofing and vapour pressure equalisation layer and can also be used to attach heating cables.
The substrate for the installation of DITRA-HEAT must be level and load bearing. DITRA-HEAT is installed in thin-bed tile adhesive that is suitable for the substrate, using a notched trowel (recommended size: 6 x 6 mm). The anchoring fleece on the underside of DITRA-HEAT is fully embedded and the fabric mechanically bonds with the adhesive. The curing time of the adhesive must be observed.
In floor areas, the heating cables can be installed immediately after adhering DITRA-HEAT, using a minimum spacing of 9 cm (every third stud ≙ 136 W/m²).
For wall installation, the heating cables are installed once an adequate adhesive bond has been reached. The installation spacing is either 6 cm (every second stud ≙ 200 W/m²) or 9 cm (every third stud ≙ 136 W/m²). The use of mats is recommended for wall areas.
The tile or stone covering is installed directly over DITRA-HEAT in accordance with the applicable standards, using the thin-bed method. The thin-bed tile adhesive bonds with the cut-back stud structure of the DITRA-HEAT membrane.
DITRA-HEAT is waterproof and resistant to any chemical stresses that typically occur in conjunction with tiled coverings. Where required, DITRA-HEAT can be used to create a certified bonded waterproofing assembly.
Use the cable tester Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT-E-CT to measure the resistance of the electrical heating cables DITRA-HEAT-E-HK and the remote sensors supplied with DITRA-HEAT-E thermostats. The testing device monitors the resistance of the heating cables during the entire installation phase and alerts the installer with an acoustic signal in the event of damage. The cable tester automatically shuts down 60 minutes after the last key activation (values will not be saved).
Summary of functions
Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT uncouples the covering from the substrate and neutralises stresses between the substrate and the tile or stone covering that result from various deformations. It also bridges tension cracks from the substrate and prevent them from affecting the tile covering.
Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT is a waterproof polypropylene membrane with a relatively high water vapour diffusion seal. With properly installed abutting joints and carefully sealed transitions to walls and structural elements, DITRA-HEAT can be used to create a certified bonded waterproofing assembly with the tile covering.
DITRA-HEAT can be installed in accordance with the waterproofing standard DIN 18534 applicable in Germany. Water exposure classes: W0-I to W3-I. DITRA-HEAT also features the national technical approval (abP) required in Germany.
Moisture load class according to ZDB: 0 to B0, as well as A.
DITRA-HEAT has a European Technical Assessment (ETA) pursuant to ETAG 022 (watertight covering kits) and bears a CE mark.
System-certified tile adhesives must be used in areas that require CE-compliance or assemblies according to abP (certificate of technical approval). Please contact us using the details listed at the bottom of this page for further information about such tile adhesive products and the corresponding certificates of technical approval.
DITRA-HEAT effectively protects the sub-structure from damage caused by permeating moisture or aggressive substances.
c) Load distribution (load induction)
Tiles installed over Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT in floor areas should have a minimum size of 5 x 5 cm and a thickness of at least 5.5 mm. The adhesive-filled, square recesses of DITRA-HEAT transfer mechanical stresses impacting the tile covering directly to the substrate. That makes tile coverings installed on DITRA-HEAT especially durable. The tiles for the corresponding application area must be sufficiently thick and have adequate compressive stability to withstand high traffic loads (e.g. in commercial areas) or large point loads (such as concert pianos, forklifts, or shelf systems). In Germany, the guidelines of the ZDB information sheet “Ceramic floor coverings for high mechanical impact” must be observed for tile thicknesses.
Tiles in high-stress areas must be fully embedded in the tile adhesive.
The impact of hard objects must be avoided on ceramic coverings installed over DITRA-HEAT. The tile dimensions should be at least 5 x 5 cm.
d) Bonded assembly
Based on the fleece fabric bond in the thin-set adhesive on the substrate, and through mechanical anchoring of the thin-set adhesive in the cut-back stud structure, Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT creates a strong bond between the tile assembly and the substrate. That makes DITRA-HEAT suitable for both wall and floor installation.
How to install this product
Further information on each of the set components can be found on their respective pages or in the installation instructions - see the Downloads tab.
What this product is made from
Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT is a polypropylene membrane with a cut back stud structure and imprinted EasyCut gridlines. A fleece fabric is laminated on the underside. The product thickness, including the stud structure, is approx. 5.5 mm.
Polypropylene is not UV-stable in the long term; the product should not be stored in places with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Material properties and areas of application
Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT is non-rotting, waterproof, stretchable and crack-bridging. In addition, it is largely resistant to the effects of aqueous solutions, salts, acids and alkalis, many organic solvents, alcohols and oils.
Product resistance to special local conditions must be verified separately based on the anticipated concentration, temperature and length of exposure. The product has a relatively high water vapour diffusion seal. The material is non toxic and physiologically harmless.
Product suitability must be verified in applications exposed to chemical or mechanical stresses. The information provided on this page is intended as a general guideline.
Depending on the system, stepping on coverings installed over DITRA-HEAT with hard shoes or tapping them with a hard object may produce a hollow sound.
The use of DITRA-HEAT in conjunction with heating cables as a floor/wall heating system is only permitted for interior areas.
Maintenance & Care
How to look after this product
The thin-bed tile adhesive and the covering material used in conjunction with Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT must be suitable for the respective application area and meet the corresponding requirements.
If the covering materials to be installed are sensitive to moisture (e.g. natural stone or agglomerate stone pavers) or if moisture is present on the underside (e.g. from green screeds), the abutting seams of DITRA-HEAT mats should be fully covered with the sealing adhesive Schlüter-KERDI-COLL-L, and completely covered with the sealing tape Schlüter-KERDI-KEBA with a minimum width of 12.5 cm.
The use of quick-curing cementitious tile adhesives may be an advantage for certain projects. It is recommended to set out running boards to protect DITRA-HEAT from mechanical stresses caused by material transport.
Notes on movement joints
Separate the Schlüter-DITRA-HEAT membrane over existing movement joints. Never run heating cables over movement joints. Continue the movement joints in the tile covering as specified by the applicable standards. Otherwise, divide large coverings installed over DITRA-HEAT into sections, using movement joints according to the applicable regulations.
We recommend using the profiles of the Schlüter-DILEX family. Arrange profiles such as Schlüter-DILEX-BT or Schlüter-DILEX-KSBT over existing expansion joints depending on the anticipated structural movements.
It is important to prevent stress build-up at the edges of the covering, for instance at upright structural components or at floor-wall transitions. Perimeter movement joints and connection joints must be constructed according to the applicable technical regulations and have sufficient dimensions to prevent stress build-up. We recommend using the various profile types of the DILEX family.