As of 2015, a 2-by-4-by-10 ft piece of Top Choice #2 pressure treated lumber costs about $6 according to the Lowes website. A 2-by-4-by-10 ft piece of #2 dimensional kiln-dried Douglas-Fir S4S lumber costs approximately $4.50.
A 2-by-4-by-8 ft piece of Top Choice #2 pressure treated lumber costs less than $5. A 2-by-4-by-12 ft piece of Top Choice #2 pressure treated lumber is about $8.
The pressure treated lumber sold at Lowes meets all of the requirements set by the American Wood Protection Association. Lowes recommends that pressure treated lumber be used above the ground. If it is in contact with moist ground, it attracts wood-eating insects and bugs. This lumber has a limited lifetime warranty guarantee against decay, rot and insects.
The dimensional lumber is used in a large variety of construction projects because of its appearance and durability. This lumber is cut in predetermined sizes and then surfaced on all sides.