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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2011

Does it matter that the roofing shingles I bought were wet?

I have to re-roof my shed. I think the roof is actually leaking and I've neglected the thing for too long. So I headed over to Lowe's for 9 bundles of cheap-o shingles along with 6 pounds of aluminum roofing nails and drip-edge thingees. When I was loading the bundles onto the cart there was a slight mildew smell because of some dampness between the bundles, but I didn't think anything of it. I got the load of stuff home and piled up beside the shed and then went to work. When I opened the second bundle, water poured out the corner! I suspect it's more than one bundle that's saturated, but is this a bad thing? I don't want to cart all those shingles back to Lowes to get my money back if it's not a problem, especially since I have 31/2 rows completed. I mean, the shingles are going to eventually get wet anyway, so what's the big deal? Anyone have any advice?

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6 Answers


Sounds like a question for an expert. You'd better turn to Angie's List to find a roofer!

Answered 9 years ago by Laura R


My suggestion would be to call another home improvement store that sells a similar product, tell them about what you got from a competitor, and ask them if this should pose any problem. I would think they would have no reason to mislead you... since they won't know for sure whether you might actually want to return the items to their store. (Obviously, if they resort to sales tactics with you on the phone, that'll tell you something about them.)

Answered 9 years ago by TheDecider



You have nothing to worry about. Shingles are manufactured to resist wicking water. The only thing you might find is that the shingles take a little longer to seal. No worries! :)

Answered 9 years ago by Jentink30


I'm with Jentink30 on this. However, if you have any doubts at all why not call the manufacturer and ask? From my experience, calling Lowes will only keep you on the phone for hours, going from person to person, explaining your story each time until you are exhausted.

I really think you're fine.

Answered 9 years ago by Commonsense


I get this question from customers of mine all of the time. The shingles are going to be on your roof for the next 25 years or more, so why would it matter if they were wet when you bought them?!?

Answered 9 years ago by Redline Roofing


No. It doesn't matter.

Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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