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What Does Made In The USA Mean For Plantation Shutters in Washington DC?

May 29, 2020

While you’re shopping for home improvement materials in Washington DC, such as window treatments, cabinets, or shelving, you will often notice the term “Made In The USA” tossed around as a selling point. Though “Made In The USA” may seem like a basic term, there are distinct requirements necessary in order to meet compliance to be labeled as such.

The FTC mandates that the label “Made in America” should only be used on items that are produced inside the United States borders from "all or virtually all" US-based materials. The designation applies to food, things we wear, automobiles, and virtually all other items that are sold both at the store or online, and includes “Made in the USA'' plantation shutters -- such as our popular Polywood® plantation shutters.

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How Cheap Plantation Shutters Are Produced

One of the ways plantation shutter companies reduce their budgets is to have some of their materials made overseas and/or the whole shutter itself manufactured offshore. Non-USA manufactured shutters are not always easily recognized because not all manufacturers list their country of origin.

Many plantation shutter producers say they are “Made in the USA”, but the fact is, they only put the product together in the USA—which does not meet the FTC’s “Made in the USA” rules. This can be difficult to determine since many companies do not indicate where they source their materials. Just remember, when a producer buys their materials from outside of the US and puts them together in the USA, they should not be utilizing the “Made in the USA” label anywhere.

Benefits Of Purchasing Products Manufactured In The United States

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The main benefit of purchasing “Made In The USA” products is that you encourage American businesses. But there are additional tangible benefits, too. Custom-made items in Washington DC that are “Made in the USA” have shown quicker delivery times, superior overall quality, and an outstanding amount of customization. For example, when you order a Polywood® plantation shutter from Sunburst, it will be custom-built to fit your exact window measurements in about 3 - 5 weeks opposed to 8 - 12+ weeks for shutters built in another country!

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Sunburst Plantation Shutters Are Truly Made In The USA Window Treatments

Sunburst Shutters DC is honored to highlight that our Polywood® plantation shutters are 100% produced in the USA. To begin, our shutter materials are made from a reclaimed solid wood composite which is extruded in Virginia. Then, the shutters are manufactured to your window’s measurement in our factory in Wisconsin. The Sunburst factory uses state-of-the-art equipment to expertly custom-craft your window treatments while having one of the quickest turn-around times in the market!

The final process, the assembly of frames, is finished inside the warehouse at our Washington DC retail location. There are no parts, pieces, extrusions, paint, or assembly work completed in another country. We understand that our commitment to American manufacturing shows in the quality of our product -- and something you cannot find with other shutter producers! We’ll even give you a lifetime warranty on craftsmanship, paint, finish, and installation to confirm it.

Polywood is designed to be an extremely stable faux wood material. Our plantation shutters prevent spliting, chips, and discoloration. They are easy to care for and will last a lifetime. To guarantee the American craftsmanship of our shutters, we offer a life long warranty on the shutters, the finish, and the installation.

Learn More About Our 100% Made In The USA Plantation Shutters

If you want to know more about Sunburst’s "Made In The USA" Polywood plantation shutters, or some of the other American made products, schedule an in-home or virtual design consultation. You can see the benefits our faux-wood shutters in Washington DC can offer and we’ll measure the windows for a custom-fit. Simply call 240-339-2588 or complete the form below.