Expansion joints or movement joints with edge protection consisting of lateral anchoring legs made of aluminium or stainless steel, which are connected to a replaceable movement zone made of soft rubber.
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Schlüter DILEX-KS is a maintenance free movement profile for tile, natural stone and surface coatings subjected to high mechanical stresses.
Schlüter DILEX-KS offers secure edge protection for surfaces exposed to continuous vehicular traffic and is, therefore, suited for use in warehouses, production facilities, shopping centres and car parks, or for floor surfaces maintained with cleaning machines. The trapezoid perforated lateral attachment profiles of stainless steel or aluminium are connected with an 11 mm or 6 mm soft movement zone of thermoplastic elastomer. The profile’s rubber insert is replaceable in case of damage (not applicable to profile heights 2.5, 4.5 and 6 mm). The side sections of the profile provide effective edge protection for the surface covering.
Schlüter DILEX-KSA is used to create flexible connection joints with fixed structural components. The self adhesive strips allow for the precise attachment of the profile, e.g. at window and door elements. Schlüter DILEX-KSA uses the same trapezoid perforated anchoring leg as Schlüter DILEX-KS to ensure an identical visual appearance. Schlüter DILEX-KS and Schlüter DILEX-KSA assist in reducing the transmission of impact sound.
The trapezoid perforated lateral attachment profile of stainless steel or aluminium are connected with a 10 mm soft movement zone of thermoplastic elastomer.
E = Stainless steel
A = Aluminium
Material properties and areas of application
The suitability of a proposed type of profile must be verified based on the anticipated chemical, mechanical and/or other stresses. Schlüter DILEX-EKSN/-EKSB/-EKSA with stainless steel support profiles made of material no. 1.4301 (V2A) or 1.4404 (V4A) are especially suitable for applications which, in addition to high mechanical durability, require resistance to chemical stresses from sources such as acidic or alkaline media, cleaning detergents, or de-icing salt. The use of V4A is recommended if consistent exposure is expected, for example in the case of swimming pools (fresh water). Even stainless steel is not resistant to all chemical stresses, and may be affected by hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid or certain chloride and brine concentrations. Special anticipated stresses should therefore be verified in advance. Depending on the anticipated chemical stresses, customers can choose between the alloy materials 1.4301 V2A or 1.4404 V4A.
Schlüter DILEX-AKSN/-AKSA with lateral anchoring leg profiles of aluminium are 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 duration 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 with foil. It must be ensured that the profile is solidly embedded in the setting material to prevent alkaline water from accumulating in small cavities. The movement zones of all Schlüter DILEX-KS and -KSA profile types consist of highly flexible thermoplastic rubber. This material is UV-resistant, suitable for outdoor use, and resistant to the chemical stresses typically associated with tile coverings and has been specially treated to resist fungi and bacteria.
The insert is resistant to temperatures ranging from -60 °C to +100 °C. The thermoplastic elastomer can be heat bonded to extend the profile length.
The tile inserts Schlüter DILEX-KS/K are available in all colours for cross joints created with the movement profiles Schlüter DILEX-KS.
Installation Schlüter DILEX-KS
Installation for tile and natural stone surfaces:
Installation for coatings:
The profile should not be higher than the coating surface but flush or up to approx. 1 mm lower.
Installation Schlüter DILEX-KSA
Schlüter DILEX-KS and Schlüter DILEX-KSA are specially treated to resist the growth of fungi and bacteria and require no special maintenance or care.
The movement zone of thermoplastic rubber can be subsequently replaced (except for sizes 2.5, 4.5 and 6 mm).
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.
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