Tyvek vs tar paper

by Deyanne
(Toronto, Canada)

We are building a new house (Toronto Canada)and our mason will be using tar paper. My husband remembers seeing tyvek used between the plywood and brick.
Is one preferable to the other or doesn't it matter which material is used?

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Apr 07, 2012
Tyvek vs Tar Paper NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you to those who took the time to write. I've passed on your comments. Your advice is very much appreciated.


Apr 06, 2012
Tyvek or tar paper NEW
by: Charlie Cummins

Hello Deyanna---I lived and contracted in Alaska for 22 years. I would use the tar paper, then I would put 1 inch, white insulation in front of it, with about 1/2 to 3/4 in distance, (cavity) between it and the back of the brickwork. Your savings in power will pay for it in a year or 2, and when/ if you ever sell your house, when you show the prospective buyer your power bills, they will not believe it, and the extra money you can get for your house, will put you in the sunshine.
You can learn a lot by going to brickcertification.com, checking all the links, and save more money.
Good luck
Charlie Cummins

Aug 05, 2011
Go with the felt paper
by: F.J.N.

I would go with the tar/felt paper.It has a proven track record. Felt paper has been around for well over 100yrs. House wrap i understand is guarnteed for aroud 25yrs. How do you think that figures in behind a brick wall with a service life measured in hundreds of years? I have read several articles in trade publications (j.l.c.& finehome building) that have talked of failures of house wrap behind siding i would believe that occurs behind masonry as well. I saw adds for a drainedge material similar to platon foundation water proofing . It looked very promising but i never used it . I will when the opportunity presents itself.

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