Stronger Tile with Ditra

DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2022

Stone and ceramic tiles are a mainstay when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. However, modern lightweight construction techniques can pose challenges that impact the strength and integrity of the tile assembly. These challenges can be mitigated by using an underlayment that performs multiple functions to protect the strength and integrity of the tile installation. In this blog, we will explain how Schluter®-DITRA:

  • ·Acts as an uncoupling layer
  • Provides reliable waterproofing
  • ·Ensure proper vapor management
  • Properly distributes weighted loads
Stronger tile with DITRA. Prevents cracks and delamination. Provides reliable waterproofing. Manages moisture beneath tile. Even support/load distribution. Compatible with heated floors.

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Tile installation has been around for thousands of years, and one of the key reasons for its success is the use of an uncoupling layer. This layer allows for movement between the substrate and tile, which effectively eliminates stress and cracking. DITRA provides an excellent uncoupling solution through its open rib structure, making it a great choice for any tile installation project.


DITRA is a reliable waterproofing solution that is composed of polyethylene. This composition protects substrates from moisture penetration, which is increasingly important in today’s building environment where most substrates are moisture sensitive. DITRA provides an effective barrier against water and moisture, ensuring the longevity of your building project.

Vapor Management:

DITRA is a unique matting that features channels on the underside of the matting. These channels create free space that allows excess moisture and vapor to escape from the substrate. This prevents damage to the tile layer above and makes DITRA an effective way to manage moisture beneath tiles.

Weight Distribution:

When installed on a solid foundation, DITRA can support tremendous loads by creating column-like mortar structures in the cutback cavities of the matting. These structures transfer loads from the tile covering to the substrate, while preserving the integrity of the tiled surface. This has been verified through extensive laboratory and field testing, including applications exposed to vehicular traffic.

By utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as Schluter®-DITRA, we deliver the strongest and most durable tile installations available for our clients. You can rest assured knowing that your Stately Kitchen and Bath remodel is built to last and stand the test of time. If you’re ready to learn more about the Stately difference, reserve your FREE in-home estimate using the form below.

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