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25 October 2015

Lumber Yard or Big-Box Store: Where to Buy Your Lumber

Shopping for Lumber?

young male professional inspecting a lumber yard in suit and hard hat-10-25Whether you’re getting started on your first home improvement project or you’ve been a professional contractor for years, you may be faced with a choice on where to buy your lumber. Should you shop for lumber at your local lumber yard? Or should you head for a big-box store?

There is no one-size-fits all answer here, but a few simple questions can help you decide where to go. Here are three of the most important questions to ask before you choose where to shop for your lumber.

1. Does a lumber yard or a big-box store have more competitive pricing?

Many people assume that the best deals and prices are at the big-box stores. While that may be true for some tools or products, it’s not always the case for lumber. With any industry, costs depend heavily on what the stores are buying and selling. In our case, we buy and sell a lot of lumber. Because of this constant supply and demand, we are able to keep our prices low. This allows us to compete with the deals assumed to be only at big-box stores.

2. Will I find more knowledgeable staff at a lumber yard or a big-box store?

Staff members at a big-box store may be required to have basic knowledge of all of the store’s products—rather than specialized knowledge about one area. The staff members at a lumber yard, on the other hand, are experts on lumber. Our staff members specialize in lumber. They work alongside our builders, so they understand how things are built and how to make projects come together from start to finish. They are knowledgeable about building codes, lumber grades, and how to choose the best quality lumber.

3. Where can I find the best quality of lumber?

While you can find good quality lumber at a big-box store, it’s not always a guarantee. Big-box stores are able to offer great deals and keep their prices relatively low because quality is not always the top concern. At big-box stores, they offer any materials, tools, or supplies you could possibly think of; there is no one specialty. At a lumber yard, on the other hand, lumber is the number one specialty. Because of this, lumber yard staff members take pride in offering and selecting the best quality lumber available. You may find brands of wood unavailable elsewhere or a better quality of lumber than at a big-box store.

Our Lumber Yard

Once you’ve asked these three questions, you should have a good idea of where to shop for your next project. Should you choose to shop for your lumber at a lumber yard, our experts would love to help you. We carry more than 20 brands of top-quality lumber, and we can help you choose the right wood for any project. Click on the link below to see more about the brands we carry and the types of lumber we supply.


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