Remove foam insulation under floor?

Discussion in 'Building' started by cabranch47, 12 Apr 2021.

  1. cabranch47

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    Hi, I am new to this forum and hope that you can help. I am gutting what was once our kitchen (built on piers) and converting to a screen porch. I have removed the flooring. Planning on covering the existing substructure with strips of Ice & Water Shield to protect from water damage, and replacing the flooring with 5/4" treated deck boards. My problem is that there is sprayed-in foam insulation under the present flooring, flush with the tops of the floor joists. I am concerned that, if left in place, it will cause a water/moisture trap and perhaps rot the existing substructure. I am thinking that removing the foam is the best answer. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
     
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    Just to add: I am in South Louisiana where we get a lot of rain and moisture. This floor will be getting wet and I am concerned that the foam insulation will trap moisture and promote rot.
     

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