The Schlüter BEKOTEC Thin Screed System allows you to create a thin screed fast using a modular polystyrene panel system.
Schlüter®-BEKOTEC is a modular screed system used to create crack free floating screeds for coverings made of ceramic or porcelain tiles, natural stone, parquet flooring, carpet and other materials.
The Schlüter®-BEKOTEC system can be constructed very quickly, is thin, will not buckle, removes the need for movement joints in the screed, and does not develop tensions.
Reduced shearing tension eliminates cracking.
Schlüter®-BEKOTEC screeds can be heated after only 7 days. A normal screed takes 28+ days to cure.
Buckling of the system or tile covering is virtually impossible - even with temperature variations.
Compared to conventional screeds, a Schlüter®-BEKOTEC system saves up to 37mm in height (dependant on panel used).
Suitable for loads of up to 5kN/m2.
Only 57kg/m2 or 28.5l/m2 of materials are required.
As soon as the screed supports weight, Schlüter-DITRA matting can be installed - usually 48 hours.
Panels introduce micro-fine cracks which reduce stress and eliminate the need for fibre reinforcement in the screed.
The studded panel creates sections in screed and micro-fine cracks so no movement joints required.
Damage free practical applications over many years. Used on thousands of projects and independently tested.
The system is based on the studded screed panel, Schlüter®-BEKOTEC, which is directly installed on top of load bearing substrates or conventional insulation panels. Use of the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC studded panel results in a screed thickness of 32 mm between the studs and 8 mm above the studs. The studs form a grid pattern of 75 mm cells - effectively creating separate small sections with the larger screed. The screed volume is also relatively small, approximately 57 kg/m2 or 28.5 l/m2 to cover the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC panels and 8 mm coverage over the top of the studs.
As a screed cures and shrinks, stresses occur in the screed. These stresses are absorbed by the studded pattern in Schlüter®-BEKOTEC, eliminating deformations such as curling over the entire area. It is therefore unnecessary to install movement joints or control joints in the screed.
If installing tiles, as soon as the cement screed is ready to support weight, install Schlüter®-DITRA uncoupling membrane. Ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles are then installed directly over this layer. Use movement joints in the covering layer according to industry guidelines.
Covering materials that are not susceptible to cracking, such as parquet or carpeting, can be directly installed over the screed as soon as it reaches the necessary residual moisture level for the corresponding covering.
Installing a Schlüter®-BEKOTEC system is far less labour intensive than traditional screed construction. The system has particular benefits for multi-storey buildings where construction weight, foundational strength and multi-level access for heavy construction materials is of importance. The Schlüter®-BEKOTEC system saves significant weight and materials, which can in turn be reflected in the reduced specification and therefore reduced cost of other structural elements of the building, plus a significant saving in time and man hours.
The suitability of the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC modular screed system to withstand high loads in individual applications should be verified, however the breaking tests performed on system exceeded the 2 kN/m2 required for residential and commercial applications (DIN 1055) such as offices, public buildings and car showrooms.
Are you looking to install a heated screed? Enjoy all the benefits of the Schlüter®-BEKOTEC modular screed system with the added bonus of a Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM underfloor heating system. Used in conjunction with the heating components of Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM, this system can be used to install a highly efficient floor heating system within a thin screed, which is characterised by energy efficiency, low supply temperatures and fast warm up times.