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Nov 08
2015

Schluter BARA-RK Color-coated Aluminum T-shaped Balcony Edging Profiles

Schluter BARA RK T shaped Balcony Edging Profiles
  • Perfectly integrates with other Schluter solutions
  • 2.5 m (8' 2-1/2") Length; 65 mm (2-5/8") profile height
  • Available in color-coated aluminum (6 colors)

Application and Function

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 Schluter-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 Schluter-TROBA or Schluter-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. Schluter-DITRA uncouples the tile covering from the screed and neutralizes stresses caused by differential movement, primarily due to temperature fluctuations, between the screed and the tile. In addition, Schluter-DITRA, in conjunction with the tile covering, creates a bonded waterproof layer.

Available Sizes and Materials / Item Number Table

Profile Outside corner 90° Inside corner 90° Outside corner 135° Connector
RK65 +

color*

E90/RK65 +

color*

I90/RK65 +

color*

E135/RK65 +

color*

V/RK65 +

color*

* to complete the item number, add the color code (e.g., RK 65 SB)

Installation

  1. At the edge area, Schluter-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 beds reinforcement wire is placed. The reinforcing mesh (2" x 2" (50 mm 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 Schluter-BARA-RK as a screeding guide. If Schluter-DITRA is to be installed as an uncoupling and bonded waterproof membrane, the screed is leveled 1/8" (3 mm) below the top of the profile and carefully compacted.
  4. Schluter-TROBA or Schluter-TROBA-PLUS must be incorporated as a drainage layer between the waterproofing layer and the mortar bed. Schluter-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 Schluter-BARA-RK by approximately 5/16" (8 mm).

Material

Schluter-BARA-RK is made of pre-treated (chromated), powder-coated aluminum.

The coating on the aluminum profile is color-stable, as well as UV- and weather-resistant. The surface must be protected against abrasion.

In addition, any penetrating water must be prevented from collecting in the mortar bed where the Schluter-BARA-RK has been anchored, as aluminum is sensitive to alkaline substances. To ensure this, install the Schluter-TROBA or Schluter-TROBA-PLUS sub-surface drainage system. In special cases, the suitability of Schluter-BARA-RK must be verified based on the anticipated chemical, mechanical, and/or other stresses.

Maintenance

Schluter-BARA-RK requires no special maintenance. The aluminum profiles powder-coated surface is color-stable.

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