Schluter®-BARA-RK

Schluter®-BARA-RK is a T-shaped edging profile for balconies and terraces made of color-coated aluminum. The profile provides a neat edge appearance while concealing and protecting the exposed edges of the mortar bed against weathering and corrosion.

  • Features a protruding drip lip to cover the joint of the TROBA sub-surface drainage system
  • 90° inside corners, 90° and 135° outside corners, and connectors are available
  • Available in color-coated aluminum
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Schluter®-BARA-RK is a T-shaped edging profile for balconies and terraces made of color-coated aluminum. The profile provides a neat edge appearance while concealing and protecting the exposed edges of the mortar bed against weathering and corrosion.

  • Features a protruding drip lip to cover the joint of the TROBA sub-surface drainage system
  • 90° inside corners, 90° and 135° outside corners, and connectors are available
  • Available in color-coated aluminum
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Schluter®-BARA-RK

T-shaped edging profile for balconies and terraces
Schluter®-BARA-RK
Schluter®-BARA-RK
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Schluter®-BARA-RK is a T-shaped edging profile for balconies and terraces. The profile provides a neat edge appearance while concealing and protecting the exposed edges of the mortar bed against weathering and corrosion. The sloped projecting drip edge covers the exposed edges of the Schluter®-TROBA sub-surface drainage system, which is installed below the mortar bed.

During the application of the mortar bed, the trapezoid-perforated anchoring leg of BARA-RK is solidly embedded in the mortar bed while the upper edge of the profile is used to screed the mortar bed to the appropriate height. Install TROBA or TROBA-PLUS for sub-surface drainage between the waterproofing layer and the mortar bed in order to prevent penetrating water from collecting in the mortar bed. If Schluter®- DITRA is to be installed, the screed is leveled 1/8" (3 mm) below the top of the profile. If Schluter®-DITRA-XL is to be installed, the screed is leveled 5/16" (7 mm) below the top of the profile. DITRA and DITRA-XL uncouple the tile covering from the screed and neutralize stresses caused by differential movement between the screed and the tile, primarily due to temperature fluctuations. In addition, DITRA and DITRA-XL, in conjunction with the tile covering, create a bonded waterproof layer.

Matching inside corners, outside corners, and connector pieces are available for BARA-RK.

1. At the edge area, BARA-RK is positioned into a layer of mortar. Prefabricated corner pieces are available for inside and outside corners. Abut the ends of the profile, leaving an approximate 3/16" (5 mm) joint. Cover the joint with the clip-on connector.

2. Balcony and terrace surfaces shall be filled with mortar to the height at which the mortar bed’s reinforcement wire is placed. The reinforcing mesh (2" x 2" (50 x 50 mm); 16/16 wire) must overlap the anchoring leg of the profile.

3. To establish the correct plane for the setting bed, the mortar is applied at the appropriate height and slope using the upper edge of BARA-RK as a screeding guide. If DITRA or DITRA-XL is to be installed, the screed is leveled 1/8" (3 mm) or 5/16" (7 mm), respectively, below the top of the profile and carefully compacted.

4. TROBA or TROBA-PLUS must be incorporated as a drainage layer between the waterproofing layer and the mortar bed. BARA-RK effectively conceals the gap between the waterproofing and the mortar bed created by the installation of the drainage layer.

5. Tiles shall be laid in such a way that they extend approximately 3/4" (20 mm) beyond the edge of the profile. When using a trim profile at the edge area, the trim profile must extend beyond the BARA-RK by approximately 5/16" (8 mm).

BARA-RK requires no special maintenance or care. The coatings on the color-coated aluminum profile are colorfast and UV-resistant. Damaged surfaces shall be painted over.

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