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What Does Made In The USA Mean When it Comes to Plantation Shutters in Houston?

May 29, 2020

When you’re shopping for home improvement materials in Houston, such as window treatments, furniture, or lighting, you may often notice the label “Made In The USA” thrown around as a notable feature. Though it may seem like a common term, there are distinct requirements necessary in order to meet compliance to be characterized as such.

The Federal Trade Commission mandates that the term “Made in America” should only be placed on merchandise that are manufactured inside the US borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. That label works for grocery products, things we wear, vehicles, and virtually all other merchandise that are sold both at the store or online, and includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- like our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Cheap Plantation Shutters Are Produced

A popular way plantation shutter companies reduce their spending is to have some of their parts manufactured overseas and/or the whole shutter itself manufactured outside of the US. Non-USA built shutters are not always quickly identified because not all corporations list the country of origin.

Many plantation shutter manufacturers say they are “Made in the USA”, but actually, they only put the product together in the USA—and this does not meet the FTC’s “Made in the USA” guidelines. This can be tricky to decipher since many producers do not indicate where they source their materials. Just remember, when a producer gets their supplies from another country and puts them together in the USA, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” term anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Merchandise Made In The United States

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The sole perk of purchasing “Made In The USA” items is that you protect American industries. But there are other tangible benefits, too. Custom-made items in Houston that are “Made in the USA” are known for having faster delivery times, better overall quality, and a greater amount of customization. For instance, when you purchase a Polywood® plantation shutter with Sunburst, it will be custom-built to match your exact window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters manufactured offshore!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Genuinely Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Houston is honored to highlight that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% made in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made using a reclaimed solid wood composite that is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are made to your window’s measurement in our factory in Wisconsin. The Sunburst operation utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to professionally custom-make your window treatments with one of the quickest turn-around times in the industry!

The last phase, the building of frames, is completed inside the warehouse at our Houston retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work completed in another country. We understand that our pledge to American manufacturing shows in the quality of our product -- and something you may not find with other shutter manufacturers! We’ll even give you a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to back it up.

Polywood was developed to be a highly durable faux wood material. Our plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and discoloration. They are easy to maintain and will last decades. To back up the American craftsmanship of Sunburst shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the product, the finish, and the installation.

Learn More About Sunburst’s 100% Made In The USA Plantation Shutters

If you need to know more about our "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of Sunburst’s other American made merchandise, arrange an in-home or virtual design consultation. We’ll show you what our faux-wood shutters in Houston can provide and we’ll measure your windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 713-853-9629 or complete the form below.

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