/ Y'all Been Checkin' Lumber Prices? #1,521
Mike, what matters more is affodability. Price could be up (inflation) as well as one's income (inflation) OR price could be down (deflation) as well as one's income (deflation). Price is relative. Look around and see if there's a building boom going on around you: you could check your county's active building permits. If there is then the prices are going to be higher and then likely settle down as the building activity diminishes. Also keep in mind that if you are older (as am I) time starts becoming more important: I recently did a huge car restoration project because I couldn't wait around for the car I wanted to pop up (used car, of course); after 7 months I've only seen one car that was similar and it wasn't a color I would want (work to change would be too much; and the overall condition wasn't as good).
Wow, 7/16 OSB was $5.98 last time I bought it there (2019). I bought a bunch to cover the loft floor on my new pole barn. I thought it was reasonably priced then.Income hasn't gone up lately but it would be nice if it did. I'm mid fifties and just done with lying on frozen ground to fix a car. My backup thought is a metal building but I prefer stick built.
From the other replies it seems like the price is relatively stable. I don't care about a bit on the high side but 2 or 3 times more than it was is kinda nuts. Like most things, if you wait for the perfect time it will never happen.
7/16 OSB shows as $18, 19/32 is $25, both at the orange store. That's better than $80 during Covid times. Thanks for the replies!
Thanks, it was quite a project, and is still a work in progress. The outer structure is a Stockade building (from Ohio), 36 x 50 x 12 ft, with (2) 25 x 10 ft porches.