Getting a feel for hardwood flooring

Jake,

I'm ready to lay hardwood flooring. It says to lay felt underneath. Is this the #15 tar paper felt used in roofing?

– Terry

Terry,

There are several reasons a felt type paper is installed below hardwood floor.  The paper helps control sound, adds a softening to the floor and acts as a vapor or moisture barrier.  You can pretty much get all of this out of 15 pound roofing felt.  There are companies that manufacture under-layments specifically for hardwood.  One such company is Fortiber.  Take a look at their web site for more information about products for hardwood floor installations.  Good luck on your installation.

Jake