Why are lumber prices so volatile?

Lumber supply disruptions continue to have a profound impact on the rising and falling cost of lumber.
Learn why—and what to expect at your Dunn lumberyard—below.

how does a lumber shortage happen?

The decline in lumber supply didn't happen overnight—today's shortage is the result of strains at every level of the supply chain.

Tracking changing lumber costs

Just like any commodity, the price of lumber fluctuates. To give you an idea of what to expect when you get to the lumber yard, here’s a look at how the market has fluctuated over time for two commonly used building materials: lumber and OSB products.

OSB/SPF Prices

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Transparency You Can Trust

It's hard to know who you can trust in the middle of a crisis—but building trust is what our family has been doing since 1907. As your local lumber store, we're here not only to provide you with the highest quality materials at a fair price, but to bring you transparency, too.

For more information about the lumber shortage, visit us at one of our nine Seattle-area locations, or contact Mike Dunn, fourth generation employee and CEO of Dunn Lumber, directly.


We don't have a guarantee, we have a promise. In 1907, Albert Dunn made a promise that Dunn Lumber would always give our customers and employees a square deal.


We believe in providing you with lifelong value not short term gain. We only stock and sell the highest quality materials, so your projects can withstand the test of time.


The number one reason to entrust Dunn Lumber with your project is our team. Between our nine locations, we have over 3,500 years of experience. All these wonderful people are here to help you, free of charge.