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Forum topic by Hermando posted 10-25-2011 12:56 AM 1444 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2011 12:56 AM

Hello All,

I was hoping to get a good answer on a project I have upcoming. I have about 1500 square feet of solid pre-finished hardwood I am installing in my home. I have a question is using a standard Roofing Tar felt paper from the local building supply a safe product. Since it is a product that contains an asphalt chemical can it be used indoors without any toxic harm to the air quality. Or should I use a specific hardwood felt paper or Rosin paper from the flooring company.

I just want to make sure a I use the the right product since it will be a lifetime floor.

Thanks. H.

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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 10-25-2011 01:11 AM

You should not use tar paper, it will gas off and your house will stink forever. Use a foam backing, it is what I have used to install floors and what I am using now to remodel a house.

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#2 posted 11-01-2011 04:28 AM

We’ve used the roofing felt as recommended by our hardwood vendor for our last two houses, haven’t smelled it since we installed it. As I recall it wasn’t very strong smelling when we put it in.

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 08:53 AM

I used roofing felt under my cherry bedroom floor and haven’t noticed any smell at all.

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 08:57 AM

Roofing felt. They have the synthetic now if you’re dead set against the tried and true.

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