Application and Function
The Schluter-RENO-U metal transition is designed to provide a smooth transition between a tile and a pre-existing floor that is at a lower elevation.
The metal transition profile is available in a multitude of finishes; Stainless Steel, Brushed Stainless Steel, Solid Brass, Satin Anodized Aluminum, Bright Chrome Anodized Aluminum, Satin Nickel Anodized Aluminum, Brushed Nickel Anodized Aluminum, Satin Copper/Bronze Anodized Aluminum, Brushed Copper/ Bronze Anodized Aluminum, Brushed Antique Bronze Anodized Aluminum, Satin Brass Anodized Aluminum, Bright Brass Anodized Aluminum, Tuscan Bronze Color Coated Aluminum.
The Schluter-Reno-U features a trapezoid-perforated anchoring leg which is meant to be secured in the mortar beneath the tile. The sloped surface which is at an approximate 25 º angle is meant to eliminate trip hazards and protect the edges of the tile.
The Schluter-Reno-U in the solid brass, Anodized Aluminum, and Tuscan Color-Coated Aluminum features and integrated joint spaced that is meant to establish a defined joint cavity between the tile and the profile. The Schluter-Reno-U in the Stainless Steel is a roll-formed and does not feature an integrated joint spacer.
The Schluter-Reno-U is complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all sizes except for the ¾” (20mm) and the 11/16” (17.5mm).
- Select Schluter-RENO-U according to tile thickness. Fill the cavity beneath the sloped section of the profile with thin-set mortar.
- 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 approximately 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 Application
Schluter-RENO-U, in stainless steel, is roll-formed using 304 (1.4301 = V2A) stainless steel. Therefore, the profile’s contour differs slightly from those made of extruded brass or aluminum. The profile can sustain high mechanical stresses and is especially well suited for applications requiring resistance against chemicals and acids; for example, in the food industry, breweries, dairies, commercial kitchens, public swimming pools, and hospitals.
Schluter-RENO-U, in solid brass, is capable of withstanding high mechanical stresses and is resistant to most chemicals encountered in tiled environments. Solid brass that is exposed to air will oxidize, resulting in a natural patina. If exposed to moisture or aggressive substances, heavy oxidation and spotting may occur.
Schluter-RENO-U, in anodized aluminum, must be tested to verify its suitability if chemical exposure is expected. Cementitious materials, in conjunction with moisture, become alkaline. Since aluminum is sensitive to alkaline substances, exposure to the alkali (depending on the concentration and duration of exposure) may result in corrosion (aluminum hydroxide formation). Therefore, it is important to remove mortar or grout residue from visible surfaces. In addition, ensure that the profile is solidly embedded in the setting material and that all cavities are filled to prevent the collection of alkaline water. The anodized surface layer retains a uniform appearance during normal use, but must be protected against abrasion.
Tuscan color-coated aluminum is aluminum that is color-coated with real metal powders and dyes in an acrylic resin. The surface coating features a silicone slip additive to reduce the potential for abrasion, but profiles should be protected against scratching. Otherwise, the description regarding aluminum applies.