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Tar Paper as underlayment/moisture barrier

Norman Zboray | Posted in General Questions on

I have a question about using Tar Paper as an moisture barrier. This is a common practice in moist areas such as Coastal Texas but not very common in houses in my part of the country. The occupants have lived in the house for about 3 months and are complaining about a smell from the floor. Any info would be helpful. I am not sure how long ago the floor was installed.

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  1. Aj Builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | | #1

    Norman, where I build, I found that a room with sun warmed floors heated the tar paper and then it smelled. I do not use it now and luckily ripped it out prior to laying my floor over it. Good luck.

  2. Matthew Amann | | #2

    This is common, but some use Kraft paper instead, does an even better job and doesn't smell.

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