What kind of paper can I use to protect my floors during construction/renovating/moving?
Red rosin paper ¡s commonly used in the flooring industry as a barrier to retard air and moisture movement through the floor and to make it easier to slide the flooring into position during installation. It is readily available in most hardwood wholesale distributor locations. Unfortunately, it is frequently put to another use: as a means of protecting the surface of a newly finished floor from the dust debris and foot traffic caused by other trades during the completion phase of a project.
Laying red rosin paper on TOP of a floor, however, often leads to unintended consequences. Remember, this type of paper is designed to retard air flow and moisture. It will prevent the emission of the solvents from the finish.
By leaving this paper on the floor it can cause any number of problems down the road:
- The finish film will not cure as fast, and may not cure filly, resulting in reduced durability over both the short term (diminished scuff resistance) and the long term;
- The solvents will react with the dyes/resins in the paper, staining the finish a slight reddish color, perhaps even all the way through the finish into the wood surface.
- The paper will absorb excessive amounts of sunlight (heat). Excessive wood movement, adhesion problems and a non-uniform floor coloration may then result,
Don’t allow your efforts to protect the floor to backfire on you! Here are some tips on how to avoid a floor failure:
- The ideal solution to the problem is to leave the floor uncovered at all times, the flooring contractor should be the last trade on the job site!
- If that is not possible, CRAFT PAPER should be used to cover the floor. This is available at most hardware stores.
- If you must use protective per on the floor, DO NOT tape it to the floor; Instead, tape the sheets of paper to each other to form a. protective covering.
- Wait a minimum of 24 hours before laying the paper down, and remove it as soon as possible.