So your contractor assures you that your fence will be American made. What does that mean? Is he referring to the material the fence is made of? Is he referring to the fact that it will be assembled in your yard, in America? What about the post caps, or gate hardware?
The fact is, very few companies can honestly tell you that they are offering an American made product through and through. In some cases they have been sold products purporting to be American made, that just aren't. In other cases, they rationalize using imported parts for a portion of the job, figuring "99.5% American made is close enough".
If it is hinges and latches for your gates, this leaves you with the only moving parts on your entire purchase being imported, of inferior quality, and not covered by manufacturers' liability insurance, which means in the event of a loss, your chances of recovery go only as far as the contractors check book.
Post caps and gate hardware typically make up less than one percent of the total cost of a fence job. Is it really necessary to risk the integrity of your investment over such a small initial savings? When asked, American consumers overwhelmingly prefer American made products. When offered, Americans will choose more often than not to purchase American made products, even if they cost more!
So why don't more companies offer American made products? Is it because they honestly can't see the difference in quality and value? Or is it because they are willing to risk the failure of a gate in your yard, if it means a few dollars in their pocket?
Ask your contractor to use genuine, American made Modern Fence Technologies hinges and latches on your next gate.