For most types of lumber, prices at The Home Depot and Lowe’s are roughly equal, although The Home Depot’s prices are often a few cents lower. The prices at 84 Lumber are typically higher than The Home Depot and Lowe’s; however, since 84 Lumber operates its own lumber yards, you may be able to find higher-quality lumber there. Below, we’ve outlined the price differences for common sizes and types of lumber between 84 Lumber, Lowe’s, and The Home Depot.
84 Lumber Prices vs. Lowe’s vs. Home Depot: Lumber Reviewed
We researched prices on the most common types and sizes of lumber used in building and home improvement projects at three major stores: Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and 84 Lumber. Both Lowe’s and The Home Depot are nationwide, big-box home improvement store chains, while 84 Lumber is a smaller chain of lumber yards that also has several public stores. As of press time, 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores in 30 states.
The average lumber prices at 84 Lumber are the highest of these three stores. The price of lumber at Lowe’s and The Home Depot are close to the same, although The Home Depot generally prices lumber a few cents less than Lowe’s.
Below are the prices at each of the three stores for some of the most common types of lumber, as of press time. We contacted associates at various Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and 84 Lumber stores in Arizona, California, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, and Texas for specific pricing on these items.
OSB (particle board), 4 ft. x 8 ft., 7/16-inch thickness
- 84 Lumber: $9.59
- The Home Depot: $10.25
- Lowe’s: $10.55
Plywood, 4 ft. x 8 ft., 1/2-inch thickness
- 84 Lumber: $19.29
- The Home Depot: $17.55
- Lowe’s: $17.98
2 x 4 Board (8-foot length)
- 84 Lumber: $3.29
- The Home Depot: $2.63
- Lowe’s: $2.63
2 x 4 Board, Pressure Treated (8-foot length)
- 84 Lumber: $5.29
- The Home Depot: $3.47
- Lowe’s: $3.98
2 x 6 Board (8-foot length)
- 84 Lumber: $4.99
- The Home Depot: $4.43
- Lowe’s: $4.80
2 x 6 Board, Pressure Treated (8-foot length)
- 84 Lumber: $6.89
- The Home Depot: $5.47
- Lowe’s: $5.98
Lumber Quality Comparison: Lowe’s, Home Depot, 84 Lumber
The quality of the lumber you use can affect the outcome of your home improvement project. We reached out to construction and home improvement experts concerning the quality of lumber at these stores but did not receive any responses specific to Lowe’s, The Home Depot, or 84 Lumber. In general, professionals recommend buying from small, local lumber yards rather than big-box stores; lumber yards specialize in lumber and can source, select, and offer the best quality wood. The employees at lumber yards are also typically more knowledgeable about the products they carry as opposed to big-box stores, which sell a wide variety of products other than lumber.
Since 84 Lumber is primarily a lumber yard, these stores may have better quality wood than the large home improvement chain stores. However, the prices at lumber yards are typically higher, and those costs can add up quickly with a large project.
If you are buying lumber from a home improvement store, you can inspect the wood for quality issues and choose the best quality pieces for your project. Wood Magazine provides a detailed guide on the characteristics of quality lumber for building. Here are some things to look for when purchasing lumber:
- Straight boards with no bending or warping
- Stable wood grains that run in generally straight lines and/or the same direction throughout the board
- Boards that are relatively free of knots, cracks, and color variations
Selective shopping for quality lumber from both big-box stores and lumber yards can help you choose the best value for your home improvement or construction project.
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When purchasing lumber for a building or home improvement project, both price and quality can vary between stores. In general, The Home Depot has the lowest prices on lumber, and Lowe’s prices are typically just a few cents more. Prices at 84 Lumber are typically higher than both national home improvement chains, but as it is primarily a lumber yard, you may find better quality wood at 84 Lumber stores.
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