Differences in Tile Mortars and The Schluter Ditra Membrane
There are generally two classifications of tile set mortar; modified and unmodified.

There are generally two classifications of tile set mortar; modified and unmodified. The difference between them is unmodified or dry-set mortar is comprised of cement, sand, and a water retention agent, while modified mortar contains a polymer which can improve the bond strength and durability.

Not sure which kind is right for you? Here are the main pros and cons of each.

MODIFIED

Pro- Due to the added polymer, modified mortar improves binding, strength, and durability.

Con- Modified mortar relies on air to cure properly, so it is not ideal for membrane flooring systems such as ones found in heated floors.

UNMODIFIED

Pro- Using unmodified mortar in membrane flooring systems will prevent cracking from shifting of the subfloor.

Con- Generally, unmodified mortar is not as strong as modified varieties, and thicker layers are required in order for the mortar to bind properly.

The Schluter Ditra Membrane is a polyethylene membrane with a unique multi-layered grid structure which can be used on both concrete and wood subfloors. The advantages of using the Schluter Ditra Membrane are that it is designed specifically for ceramic tile and stone, plus both DITRA and DITRA-XL serve as an uncoupling layer, waterproofing membrane, and vapor management layer, providing a barrier to prevent against heat loss.

While the Schluter Ditra Membrane is an excellent choice for many flooring needs, there are some things to keep in mind. It is not recommended for use with thin-set mortar that is not also Schluter brand, and it is not ideal for coupling with modified thin-set mortar.

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The popcorn ceiling removal and painting far exceeded even my highest expectations. The result is flawless and adds... height and a modern , clean feel to my home. The crew from Mintcon prepped and cleaned up with respect for my home and my allergies and were a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Scott, Mo and Mike for transforming my home and adding beauty and value!!! I just can't believe it's the same house! Amazing!!read more
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13:18 08 Jul 20
I was extremely pleased with Mintcon’s recent renovation of my basement. I provided some inspiration photos and the end... result was very consistent with my expectations. My vision included a feature wall with linear fireplace and mantel, shelves on both sides of the fireplace, and a dog niche under the stairs. In addition, a 2 piece bathroom was constructed. Scott and his team were professional and took good care to minimize dust and debris by using dust extractors on their power tools. Scott communicated continually throughout the process to keep me informed of their timing, supply chain challenges and any issues that arose. I would definitely recommend Mint-con and would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again.read more
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Steven and Nancy Thurston.
17:12 05 Jul 20
I want to thank the Mintcon team ( Scott, George, Rene and Mo) for the wonderful job on planning and completing our... finished basement. Scott ensured we were always well informed at every stage of the process and that we were pleased with how things were progressing. The quality of the workmanship is excellent and at the end of each day everything was cleaned and ready for the next day of work.We definitely recommend the Mintcon team to anyone looking to have quality work and renovations done in their homes.read more
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