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New Cedar Shingles Today

We have been waiting patiently for 2 new shingle products to arrive and as of today they are here. The first and most unique is a #1 grade Kiln Dried, Re-jointed and Re-Butted, Sanded, Alaska Yellow Cedar 18″ sidewall shingle. These shingles are perfection, literally. Alaska Yellow Cedar is extremely durable and strong with insect and rot resistance equal to or greater than western Red cedar. There is a dead stand of AYC at 4200′ on the way to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic peninsula that has been virtually unchanged since the 1960’s or earlier. This is in an area where less hardy trees like Sub alpine fir last 5 year or less once they are blown down or die. These Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles are available at only a few places nationwide and nowhere but Mill Outlet at our competitive price.

#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

#1, R&R, Dry, sanded Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles

Each box will cover 100 square feet at 14″ exposed with a lower grade under course or 50 square feet at 7″ exposed. Because they are dry and sanded they are perfectly ready for finish or stain.

The second new and somewhat unique shingle is a #2 grade Western Red Cedar, Kiln Dried, Re-jointed and Re-Butted, Sanded,18″ sidewall shingle. These are not a seconds, just #2 Grade and a pretty nice #2 at that. They come in the same size boxes as the yellow cedar shingles and are ready for stain or finish as well

#2 Western Red Cedar Kiln Dried, sanded and R&R'd

#2 Western Red Cedar Kiln Dried, sanded and R&R’d

Boxed shingles

Boxed shingles

Alaska Yellow cedar Shingles

Alaska Yellow cedar Shingles

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Cedar Shingles and Shakes

At Mill Outlet we are steadily growing our offering of high quality, competitively priced Cedar shingles and shakes. We now have over 20 different variations in stock. Most popular are the green western red cedar shingles but we also have specialty items like Alaska Yellow cedar in #1 shingles, #2&3 Shingles and 18″ #1 Shakes. As for Western Red cedar Shakes we primarily stock #1 Select grade which are a step above average in both Medium and Heavy thicknesses. Another specialty item is #2 Tapersawn Shakes in both 5/8″ and 3/4″ thicknesses. Tapersawn shakes are ideal for distinctive siding and can be used on roofs but should be limited to outdoor structures such as gazebos and pergolas. We have natural groove shingles to match historic homes all around Puget Sound in both primed and raw, un-primed. A new and unique shingle will be coming in in the coming weeks, Kiln dried, Sanded, Re-butted and Re-jointed Alaska Yellow Cedar Shingles. This will be a high performance, excellent quality shingle you will find no where else at the price. For prices and more information Click Here

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The Aroma of Tacoma

Every day I hear Customers say ” I love the smell here”. Keep in mind, Mill Outlet is completely outdoors and on a ridge where the wind blows constantly. So to say it smells great here or like anything at all, is really amazing.

It's the Cedar

It’s the Cedar

It is the cedar. it is everywhere. Shingles, decking, fence boards and split rail. 2×4’s, Timbers, 4×4’s and Shakes. Finish grade, utility grade, 2×12’s and 8×8’s.

The aroma of Tacoma has been infamous over the years, but come to Mill Outlet Lumber for the new, pleasant Tacoma aroma.

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Spring around the Corner

Sunday is the beginning of daylight savings time, March 10th and 10 days later on March 20th at 4:02 am PDT Spring arrives. It is hard to believe we already skated through Winter except for the fact that we are being over- run daily by good customers seeking great values on all the things we sell.

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Fencing of course, to replace that old dilapidated one that came with the house 15 or 20 years ago or to build new. Mill Outlet Lumber stocks more sizes and grades than anyone and all of our fence materials are excellent quality. The best value we have currently is 1×5-6′ #2 and better for $1.65 each. This is a high quality board for a very good price, actually less expensive than our #3 boards.

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Decking, we took on Kiln Dried Incense cedar last year and it was a great success for us and for many customers. This is no ordinary KD Incense Cedar, it is Selected Premium Grade, the highest grade at the mill, and it is priced right, We are stocking 5/4×4 in 8′,10′, 12′, 14′ and 16′ lengths, also 5/4×6 in  8′,10′, 12′, 14′ and 16′ lengths, and guess what 2×6 in 8′,10′, 12′, 14′ and 16′ lengths. For Hand rails or decking we have 2×4, 8′, 10′, and 12′ and 4×4-8′ in addition to Clear 4×4 6′ and 8′. We have you covered in Incense Kiln Dried Cedar for decking, fencing or even siding and trim. If you are looking to save a bit we also have Green Western Red Cedar in 5/4×4 or you could even use some of our Bevel blank products.

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Mill Outlet is always the go to source for Pressure Treated Lumber to put under your deck or to build your fence. We stock all of the common sizes and can get virtually everything within 1 or 2 days .6×6-8′ Landscape timbers for only $18.00 and 4×6-8′ for $ 12.00 are just a couple of new additions.

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Clear Cedar  and fir for special projects at specialer prices are some of the things you can count on Mill Outlet for. Shop grade Plywood, both t-1-11 Siding and Cdx are another. Pine tongue and groove, Fir flooring and all sorts of cedar siding and paneling are always flying through our yard.

At Mill Outlet we keep a notable inventory of cedar timbers on hand in sizes from 4×4 to 8×8, all at very fair prices. In addition to those we also have a wide variety of 2×8. 2×10 and 2×12 in stock for people building everything from Raised bed planters to arbors pergolas and tree houses. Around here one of our sayings is “you can always cut it smaller”

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Split Rail, Mill Outlet is the source for Split Rail Fencing in the Northwest. People come from 150 miles away for our quality and competitively priced Cedar split Rail Fencing.

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Cedar Shingles And Shakes. We are committed to maintain an inventory of shingles and shakes that meets the needs customers seeking both value and quality, #1, #2, #3 and #4. Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar. Shakes in 18″ Medium and 24″ Premium Grade Heavies, even 5/8″x 24″ Tapersawn.

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I could go on and on and on, but the best thing to do is call or come on down to Mill Outlet Lumber In Tacoma to see for yourself

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The Dog House

Everyone loves their pup, unless they are a cat person, that is why, Sunday, I declared, I think I’ll build Rusti a house. After all, it was raining outside and the image of poor little Rusti sitting on the deck, in the rain, with no roof over her head is enough to motivate most anyone to action. So I devised a plan, with the various lumber leftovers of summer yard and garden projects and built her a house, a palace, and a yard ornament. The point being, you can do a lot, with a little, given some motivation, limited resources and most important, inspiration.

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Rusti !

Rusti !

 

This is what is so great about a Lumberyard like Mill Outlet. it is full of the resources, the pieces and parts of so many ideas, projects, dreams, Pieces, that that need to be arranged, cut,  fastened and sometimes cut again into the shape that inspires you. You can then step back, take some pride, and maybe even boast a bit about that thing you built with your own hands and the image in your mind. Be it a deck or a fence, a doghouse or a birdhouse, or the pride of finally enclosing the last wall of the barn for half what you expected to spend because of the great deal you got at Mill Outlet Lumber.

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Where is Mill Outlet Lumber ?

In Tacoma, South Tacoma to be exact, From  I-5 take the 56th st exit west 12 blocks or so, turn right on Tyler at the light go 8 blocks and we are on the right. From Highway 16 take the Orchard st,/ 19th st exit and head East on 19th to Tyler, turn right and go about 28 blocks and we are on the right, click Here for a map and directions. Another way to look at it is we are centrally located for our customers in Tacoma, University Place, Fircrest, Lakewood and Spanaway, never more than 15 minutes away. Because of our nononsense access to freeways we are also convenient for you from all over western Washington.

  • Puyallup   14.5 Miles- 22 minutes
  • Gig Harbor 10.7 Miles–19 minutes
  • Federal Way 16.1 Miles–23 minutes
  • Sumner 17.4 Miles–23 minutes
  • Kent 21.4 Miles–26 minutes
  • Auburn 17.1 Miles–21 minutes
  • Port Orchard 24.8 Miles–30 minutes
  • Des Moines 20.8 Miles–27 minutes
  • Covington 26.1 Miles–31 minutes
  • Renton 29 Miles–36 minutes
  • Burien 29.4 MIles-36 minutes
  • Bellevue 37 Miles-43 minutes
  • Olympia 28 Miles-34 minutes
  • West Seattle 34.5 Miles–45 minutes
  • Mercer Island 41.6 Miles–50 minutes
  • Redmond 46.1 Miles–54 minutes
  • Kirkland 43.9 Miles–51 minutes
  • North Seattle 42.9 MIles–51 minutes
  • Lynnwood  50.8 Miles–60 minutes
  • Issaquah 45.3 Miles–53 minutes
  • Woodinville 49.9 Miles–57 minutes
  • North Bend 44.8 Miles–52 minutes
  • Cle Elum 100 Miles–1 hour 45 minutes

The list could go on and on but the point is that we are only minutes away unless you live in Cle Elum which happens to be where one customer made 2 trips in one day with a 2 axle car trailer to buy fence materials from us because of our fair prices and excellent quality.

In addition to being located conveniently for our Western Washington customers, we also ship cedar products nationwide on a regular basis. Post caps to Houston and Chicago, Clear cedar 1×8 to Minneapolis and Fence boards to New York, are just a few of our recent shipments.

So come in or call or email or text, just don’t forget about Mill Outlet Lumber when you need Cedar fencing, decking, Pressure Treated Lumber, shop plywood or Cedar and Fir Clears.

Thank You,

Doug Smith

253 514 0658

Norris@lowpricedcedar.com

4811 S Tyler St. Tacoma 98409

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Decoding Shingles and Shakes

Wood roofing and siding are probably the most confusing things we sell. It is hard to decipher where all the terminology and practical uses have originated exactly, but here is my attempt at explaining what is important.

Wood Shingles, Western Red Cedar, as far as we are concerned, are primarily  used for siding on buildings. When used for roofing it is generally recommended that you never use anything but the highest grade, #1. Shingles are saw cut on both faces and come in bundles that cover 25 square feet at recommended exposure.

Shingle Grades

#1 shingles are 100% edge grain, 100% clear, 100% heartwood, these are cut from the best wood available and anything found not meeting expectations is downgraded before bundling some mills are known to cut second growth #1 which you should be wary of, they will loosely meet the grade but have wide unstable grain pattern.

#2 Shingles are cut from lower grade blocks or accumulated from shingles that that missed #1 grade. #2 grade allows some sapwood and flat grain, but must be a minimum of 10″, 11″ or 16″ clear measured from the butt for 16″, 18″ or 24″ shingles.

#3 grade is what you might expect, cut from even lower quality blocks and the rejects from #1 and #2 grade. 3’s are allowed unlimited sapwood and flatgrain but knots are restricted to above 6″ for 16″ and 18″ and above 10″ for 24″. It really does not make sense to use #3 for roof applications at any time, but for sidewall and interior use when you are looking for a Rustic or shabby chic look they are perfect providing you take into account weather exposure and flashing details.

Another lower grade available for rustic sidewall use is #3&4 undercourse. The intended use for these is to install behind certain “sidewall” shingles that are dry, sanded or textured packaged in boxes that cover either 50 or 100 square feet at 14″ exposure for a 16″ shingle.

In addition to grade, a measure of quality, shingles also come in a selection of sizes.

16″ fivex are 16″ long and 5 butts equal 2″ total thickness

18″ Perfections are 18″ long and 5 butts equal 2 1/4″ total thickness

24″ Royals are 24″ long and 4 butts equal 2″ total thickness

All shingles and shakes for that matter are also available to some degree in a variety of treatment and certifications. Class A, B and C fire ratings and CCA treated against rot and insect damage. There are also a variety of pre or post installation treatments that can be applied to further protect or rejuvenate your roof or siding.

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