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

May 29, 2020

While you’re shopping for home improvement items in Raleigh, like window treatments, cabinets, or lighting, you may often see the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a selling point. Even though “Made In The USA” may seem like a standard term, there are distinct requirements necessary for meeting compliance to be labeled as such.

The Federal Trade Commission dictates that the term “Made in America” should only be labeled on merchandise that are manufactured within the US borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. That designation applies to food, things we wear, the things we drive, and virtually all other products that are sold both at the store or online, which includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- such as our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Low-Cost Plantation Shutters Are Made

A popular way plantation shutter producers reduce their costs is to have some of their parts made in another country and/or the entire shutter itself built offshore. Non-USA made shutters are not always easily identified because not all producers list their country of origin.

A lot of 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 Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” guidelines. This can be tricky to decipher since many producers do not indicate where they buy their goods. Just remember, if a producer buys their materials from another country and assemble them in the USA, they should not be using the “Made in the USA” label anywhere.

Benefits Of Buying Products Made In The USA

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The sole perk of purchasing “Made In The USA” items is that you protect American industries. But there are additional concrete perks, too. Custom-made merchandise in Raleigh that are “Made in the USA” are known for having quicker delivery times, superior overall quality, and a better degree of customization. For example, when you purchase a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, you can get it custom-made to fit your distinct window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters assembled in another country!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Genuinely Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is honored to point out that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% manufactured in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made from a reclaimed solid wood composite that is extruded in Virginia. Then, they are made to your window’s measurement in our factory in Wisconsin. Our facility utilizes state-of-the-art machinery to professionally custom-make your window treatments while having one of the fastest turn-around times in the business!

The final process, the building of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Raleigh retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work done overseas. We know that our pledge to American production is seen in the quality of our product -- and something you may not find with other shutter producers! We’ll even provide a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to guarantee longevity.

Polywood is engineered to be an extremely stable faux wood material. Our plantation shutters resist cracks, chips, and discoloration. They are simple to care for and will last a long time. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of Sunburst shutters, we offer a true lifetime warranty on the shutters, the finish, and the installation.

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

If you need to know more about Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or any of Sunburst’s other American made items, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. We’ll show you the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Raleigh can provide and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 919-887-9198 or complete the form below.