The Cottage Depot specialize in wood products, mainly pine and cedar. It is important that clients understand that there is different grade such as: cottage, normal select and A grade. Those 3 grades are different in their quality level, clients have to understand that quality / price are related to each other. There are 3 ways of looking at materials:
1- cheap / less expensive grade = lower quality materials
- usually the reject boards with cracks, knots missing, damage from fork lift, discoloration from sun or water, hockey stick, and so on. There will be some waist and should add an extra 15% l.f. to your order.
2- normal / average grade / select = nice affordable materials, mostly all good boards with a small percentage of minor defects. When it comes to quality / price, most clients opt for this grade. Very minimum waist and could allow for 5% extra to be safe
3- A grade / top grade = very nice boards that are usually not found in normal store. Obviously pricing is always a bit more but there are actually no waist. If you want top quality boards, easy to install, and no left over, this is the right board for you.
To conclude, you can not compare pricing from one store to another if you do not understand the rating / quality of the wood you are buying.