08:26AM | 08/02/07
Member Since: 08/01/07
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Which is better to put under a new hardwood floor, Pink "Construction/ Building" paper or Black Tar paper? Why one or the other? Will the black "bleed" through over the years?



08:11AM | 08/06/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
312 lifetime posts
the pink/red paper is called rosin paper.

the black tar paper (black #15 felt) is better because it serves as a moisture retarder and somewhat of a barrier. It should be #15 felt per NOFMA specs.

the rosin paper will soak up moisture and deteriorate if moisture becomes and issue or a water leak/penetration into the space.

no it wont bleed through your wood.

people use rosin paper becasue it is dirt cheap.

here is some more information:

Hardwood Flooring Installation:

Nail-Down Hardwork Instructions:

Underlayment and Subfloor Prep for Wood Floors:


There are two ways to do any job.

The right way and the wrong way.

Do it right everytime.




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