What Does Made In The USA Mean When it Comes to Plantation Shutters in Houston?05/29/2020Cory Cryer 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 “Made In The USA” 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 label “Made in America” can only be used on merchandise that are manufactured inside the US borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. That designation works for food, apparel, the things we drive, 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. 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 built outside of the US. Non-USA made shutters are not always quickly identified because not all producers list the country of origin. Many plantation shutter companies 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” rules. This can be difficult to decipher since many producers do not indicate where they source their goods. Just remember, when a producer gets their parts from another country and puts them together in the USA, they should not be using the “Made in the USA” label anywhere. Benefits Of Buying Products Made In The United States 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! 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 business! The last phase, the assembly of frames, is completed inside the warehouse at our Houston retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work done offshore. We understand that our pledge to American manufacturing shows in the quality of our product -- and something you won’t find with other shutter companies! We’ll even give you a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to confirm it. Polywood was designed to be a highly enduring faux wood material. Our plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and discoloration. They are easy to clean 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, set up 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.