Application and Function
The Schluter-RENO-TK is designed to provide a smooth transition from your tile to your floor covering that is at a lower elevation, typically a carpet. The profile of the Schluter-RENO-TK is available in a multitude of finishes; Anodized Aluminum, Solid Brass, and Stainless Steel. The Schluter-RENO-TK is a perforated trapezoid shaped anchoring leg which is meant to be secured underneath the tile in order to protect the edges of the tile while also eliminating any trip hazard. The 1/4” channel that is beneath the sloped flange of the profile is intended to hide and protect the cut edge of the lower surface coverings. All of the sizes of the Schluter-RENO-TK are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Schluter-RENO-TK in anodized aluminum in 5/16” and larger sizes features an integrated joint spacer that is meant to establish a defined joint cavity between the profile and the tile. The Schluter-RENO-TK in Solid Brass and Stainless Steel does not feature any integrated joint spacers. The anchoring leg of the Schluter-RENO-TK in anodized aluminum and solid brass are available with a special radius perforation “R” in order for the profile to be used to form curves.
- Select Schluter-RENO-TK according to tile thickness.
- Using a notched trowel, apply thin-set mortar to the area where the profile is to be placed.
- Press the perforated anchoring leg of the profile into the mortar and align.
- Trowel additional thin-set mortar over the perforated anchoring leg to ensure full coverage and support of the tile edges.
- Solidly embed the tiles so that the tiled surface is flush with the top of the profile; the profile should not be higher than the tiled surface, but rather up to approx. 1/32″ (1 mm) lower.
- For solid brass or aluminum, set the tile to the integrated joint spacer, which ensures a uniform joint of 1/16” – 1/8” (1.5 – 3 mm). For stainless steel, leave a space of approximately 1/16″ – 1/8″ (1.5 – 3 mm) between the tile and the profile.
- Fill the joint completely with grout or setting material.
- Work with materials and tools that will not scratch or damage sensitive surfaces. Setting materials and grouts must be removed immediately, especially from anodized aluminum surfaces.
Material Properties and Areas of Installation
The Schluter-RENO-TK in the stainless steel is roll-formed using 304 stainless steel making the contour of the profile different than that of the Anodized Aluminum and Solid Brass. The profiles are able to sustain high mechanical stresses and are well suited for applications requiring resistance against acids and chemicals; for example, breweries, commercial kitchens, dairies, food industry, hospitals and public swimming pools. The Schluter-RENO-TK in solid brass is capable of withstanding high mechanical stresses and is resistant to most chemicals that are encountered in tiled environments. Solid brass that is exposed to air will oxidize over time, resulting in a natural patina to the solid brass. If the solid brass pieces are exposed to moisture or aggressive substances, heavy oxidation and spotting may occur. The Schluter-RENO-TK in anodized aluminum most be tested to verify its suitability if chemical exposure is to be expected near the installation. Materials that contain cement, in conjunction with moisture become alkaline over time. Due to the fact that aluminum is sensitive to alkaline substances, exposure to alkali substances may result in corrosion throughout the anodized aluminum trim pieces. Due to this reasoning, it is extremely important to remove mortar or grout residue from visible surfaces. It is extremely important to ensure that the profile is solidly embedded in the setting material and that all of the cavities are filled in order to prevent the collection of alkaline water.
Schluter-RENO-TK requires no special maintenance or care and is resistant to mold and fungi. Clean profile using common household cleaning agents. Oxidation films on exposed solid brass can be removed by using a conventional polishing agent, but will form again. In the case of anodized aluminum, do not use abrasive cleaning agents. Damage to the anodized layer can be repaired by applying varnish.